Don’t mind me calling this one of the most important discoveries in my life this year, because heck, it is. It is, because…
…for the first time, I set out on a trip in which I didn’t check any work email. A personal victory in the pursuit of peace! Ok, I had to check like 3 but then I drew the line.
…for the first time, I properly planned everything I wanted to see and do with family in Japan over 2 weeks. AND IT STILL WASN’T ENOUGH! I didn’t plan Gachi at all, it quite positively fell into my lap on the day itself when we were trying to figure out something to eat for lunch. So many stars in the universe aligned on this trip that the theme was quite simply: serendipity.
So this place seems to be low-key but the bowl is anything but. It’s little known to tourists perhaps because this place serves Tsukemen, a dipping style ramen that hasn’t yet caught the craze internationally. This here discovery is not for the dipping style but rather, the many levels of awesomeness it defies. While tsukemen the world over is mostly served boring I mean cold, this place serves an unorthodox hot dip.
The noodles are glutinously thick, chewy, and very very filling. A whole bowl couldn’t even be scarfed down by my typically buffet-appetite sized family. They’ve got the perfect width and heft to be dipped – strand by strand because your body cannot comprehend an overload on your chopsticks - into the immensely rich, thick chicken broths that are more chowder than broth. Pick the red (spicy), white (salty chicken) or Teriyaki broths – seriously pick them all because they’re all worth a taste.
Lastly, don’t be a wuss, go for the Sio DX: what you’re seeing in the picture. Toppings include a greaseless, crisp fried chicken, fried bamboo, and ajitama ramen egg.
What’s more, it’s ¥990 (SGD11). GETOUTOFHEREALREADY.
Address: 2-17-10 Shinjuku, Tokyo 160-0022, Japan
Hours: Tuesday 11:00 am – 11:00 pm, closed on Mondays
Nearest station: Shinjuku-Sanchome Station, exit C7. It’s about a 5 min walk from the exit.