The first of two ramen booths within the festival was Chibakiya from Tokyo, prepared by Chef Kenji Chiba. You might remember them from last year’s Legendary Ramen Fair or that “scary surprise” at the Umaimono Gourmet Fair held at Mitsuwa Market. Today, they would once again be showcasing their “classic” Shinasoba–a clean, refreshing broth made with both chicken and pork.
The best ramen found in a styrofoam bowl! Remarkably fresh for being cooked in a hotel banquet hall, my soul just yearned for more. Although the soup was less kotteri than the last time, it’s “sappari” feel was impressive. The toppings (chashu, naruto, kaiware sprouts, menma, nori, negi) were surprisingly fresh as well.
Sponsored by Sun Noodle, it was no surprise to learn that Chibakiya was using their factory-made noodles. But better than expected, these noodles did not disappoint.
Here’s a little slide show of the rest of the event to give you an idea of what it was like. It was actually quite interesting and fun. I highly recommend that you try attending next year. I might even go regardless of ramen.
Much thanks to my ramen informant for the heads up! Good looking out! And props to Exile Kiss for joining me. I told you it wouldn’t be that bad! Lastly, a shoutout to Foo-Foo Tei’s Murakami-san (whom we ran into in front of the Sapporo booth).