Behind the scenes…

Day 304:

I’ve mentioned before that every Thursday Hototogisu becomes Ura Hototogisu (一汁三煮干 裏不如帰) and only serves a special niboshi ramen made with a blend of sardines and pork bones. Well I finally got my chance to try it and…

Hototogisu is f***ing legit! This niboshi ramen is unbelievably good. It’s a different flavor from their normally clam-based soup, but I think this is way better. I’m surprised they only serve it just one day a week.

The noodles weren’t that spectacular, but being from Mikawaya they still had a good bite. The soup though is key. It was outstanding the whole way through. I recommend you give it a try.

Today was our green curry paste prep day and I was craving a kebab before we opened. As soon as I mentioned it to the others, Shuga and Boom were soon craving one too. So I hopped on my bike and rode to nearby Higashi-Matsubara to go pick a few up. Craving satisfied.

The best part of the night was when moca decided to make a surprise visit with her friend from Hong Kong. Believe it or not, this was moca’s first visit to Bassanova and after hyping up the green curry ramen to her for months now, I was a bit nervous. Luckily, she liked it, or so she says. Haha. Thanks moca! You made my day!

Good luck climbing Mt. Fuji!

4 Replies to “Behind the scenes…”

  1. you can buy a ticket from the machine. it shouldn't be too hard. just hit the button with this character: 煮干し. the hard part might be finding the place.

  2. That sardine soup sounds delicious. I'm new to Tokyo, and I'm really enjoying your site. Keep up the good work. My Japanese skills are still crap, so if I stumbled in to Hototogisu on a Thursday, should I just ask for niboshi ramen, or do I need to be more specific?

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