[Tokyo, Japan] Fu-unji 風雲児 is tsukemen like never before, creamy broth of chicken (imagine the collagen) with fish, topped with bonito-like smoked fish powder.
This is UMAMI.
The taste of the stock when you mix them all together, is quite unimaginable. This is probably one of the must-haves when you are at Shinjuku Tokyo and a ramen fan.
But wait. The queue. You would see about 5-10 people hanging around the shop down a slope along a quiet street near the police station.
Then you would have thought, “That’s okay…” Please check across the road to see if there is another line of people behind the back wall waiting for their booty of noodles.
After about 30 minutes wait, I finally entered and shop. This is not over yet. I had to wait behind patrons who were still dining INSIDE the restaurant.
The good and bad: After watching those customers slurp down their noodles like hungry monsters, there is no reason to stop salivating.
There are 3 noodle sizes with namimori (small, 200gm or so), chuumori (medium, 300 gm), and oomori (large, 400gm).
The same price for all for the Tokusei Tsukemen 特製つけめん at 1000 Yen (SGD11.70, USD8.40).
Fuunji’s Tsukemen ws sumptuously-delicious.
I won’t have typiclaly liked a fishy soup as I am usually a tonkotsu base person, but its layered flavours of rich chicken broth and smoky fish powder was revolutionary good, grabbing you to just focus on its unique taste.
Add the chewy noodles and slurp like the neighbouring Japanese diner.
The chunks of tender pork, soft bamboo shoots and flavoured ajitama egg made almost make it complete.
For that one final step, pour in hot water from the flask into the leftover salty stock, and bottoms up till the last drop.
The Tokusei Ramen (950 Yen, SGD11.10, USD7.90) has less of that fishy aftertaste, and most are really at Fuunji for their Tsukemen.
2-14-3, Yoyogi, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, Japan (10 min walk from JR Shinjuku Station South Exit)
Japan, 〒151-0053 Tokyo, Shibuya 代々木2-14-3 北斗第一ビル 1F
Tel: +81 3 6413 8480
Opening Hours: Lunch 11am – 3pm, Dinner 5pm – 9pm (Mon – Sat), Closed Sun & New Year Holiday Period
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