We went to Menya Musashi Bukotsu near Okachimachi Station on day 14 for our lunch. This place was recommended by a friend. As I’ve not tried tsukemen before, I was really excited for my first experience. Although it was past lunch (around 3pm+), there was still quite a long queue. So yeah, my expectation jumped up quite a bit.
Tsukemen つけ麺 is a type of ramen dish where the noodles and broth are served separately. Unlike the typical ramen, where you have noodles sitting in the broth all in a bowl, in tsukemen style, you are given two bowls with noodles in one and broth in another. How you eat it is by dipping some noodles in the broth. Literally, tsukemen is called dipping ramen.
Meal ticket machine at Menya Musashi. Gotta say, this ticket machine was the most difficult to decipher! LOL We guessed the red ones are warm tsukemen (2nd from right) while the blue one (right most) is cold tsukemen. Went for the cheapest since we guessed it’s the smallest bowl. Just before writing this post, I tried translating the characters… and turned out the pricing differences are for the flavors.
Our meal tickets.
Open kitchen. The seating areas are L-shaped. We were seated here and watching ’em chefs working. We received our tsukemen with 5 mins of wait.
Tsukemen つけ麺 @ 870 yen (normal broth) and 920 yen (濃厚 Nōkō/rich broth). We thought both broth were super rich. Sigh, just a piece of meat with that amount of noodles? It better be good.
Lots of fats swimming in the pork broth. The broth was SUPER CONCENTRATED RICH, thick and quite salty. Maybe I shall call it dipping sauce?
Well, when the broth was warm, it was still quite pleasant to eat. But once it cooled down, oh no… we really couldn’t stomach it. It was greasy and the intense flavor couldn’t match with our palate. The thick noodles didn’t helped at all. Everyone of us didn’t finish our tsukemen. 🙁 I felt bad leaving the place with my unfinished meal.
Okay, I just learned (prior to writing this post) the broth is supposed to be strong and intense for tsukemen. Still, it was unpalatable no matter what. I’ll proceed tsukemen with increase awareness next time. Also, in one of the photo above, can you see a cup of yellowish water? I figured it must be dashi stock (soup-wari) and is use to dilute the remaining last drop of the dipping broth for us to drink it at the end of the meal. Please correct me if I’m wrong.
Menya Musashi Bukotsu.
麺屋武蔵 武骨 Menya Musashi Bukotsu (御徒町店 Okachimachi Store)
1F Yajima Building
東京都 台東区 上野 6-7-3 矢島ビル １Ｆ
Opening time: 11am-10.30pm, daily
Nearest station: Okachimachi