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Tokyo by the Bowl
World's Best $10 Meal

KAGARI RAMEN
Don't sweat the menu (which
is available in English) - just
order the tori-paitan soba, with
roasted chicken breast and a
soft-boiled egg. This may be the
richest, most delicious bowl
of "chicken soup" you'll ever
encounter, with a dense broth,
perfectly al dente noodles, and
an egg so silken you'll swear it's
actually some kind of custard.
Pro tip: Arrive at 11 am or after
3 pm to avoid lines. Ginza Station
near the entrance to the Marunouchi subway line.
For Night Owls

NANTSUTTEI

Cozied up to the bar
at Kagari Ramen.

Visit Nantsuttei in the Shinagawa district between 9 and
11 pm, when locals linger in the
cozy space and socialize over
bowls of ramen. If Shinagawa
isn't convenient, Nantsuttei
has multiple locations around
Tokyo. Its signature is southern
Japanese Kyushu-style ramen
with mayu oil made from lard

and roasted garlic. The porkbased broth is cloudy rather
than clear, but it's not thick and
comes with smoky, Chinesestyle char siu (barbecued pork)
that gives Texas pit masters a
run for their money. Outside the
Shinagawa Shinkansen station;
nantsu.com.
Young Gun

NANASHI RAMEN
Nanashi has a ten-store presence in and around Tokyo,
but its slightly upscale location in Shibuya - a Tokyo
neighborhood famed for
nightlife, shopping, and youth
culture - provides great peoplewatching in the evening. Read
over the English-language
menu until you spot baisen,
redolent of roasted garlic and
sesame oil, with traditional
thinner, Hokkaido wheat noodles. This is a bowl that's filling, but not over-the-top rich.
Dogenzaka-dori Avenue, four
blocks west of Shibuya Station,
across the street from Uniqlo.

RAMEN 101
Take your
ticket: Almost
all ramen-ya have a ticket
vending machine at the
entrance; this is where
you order. The machines
usually display photos of
each dish, but if not, look
to see what others are
having, find an attendant,
point to indicate what
you want, and have the

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attendant push the right
button. Pay in cash - they
rarely accept cards - and
hand the ticket to the
waitperson or chef.
Chashu ramen -
essentially, barbecued or braised
pork served atop
noodles in a soy-based
broth - is a good standby

at most ramen-ya. And
don't forget an order of
gyoza (fried dumplings)
to start things off.
Japanese diners slurp their
ramen. This
helps dissipate
the heat of the broth
clinging to the noodles
and lets you eat quickly,

before the noodles lose
their texture. It's a bit of
an art to slurp neatly -
many shops have
disposable bibs (ask
for a yodare kake).
Bring your best
chopstick skills, as
you likely won't find
a place that offers
forks. (By the way, it's

considered poor form to
stab your food.)
The website
supleks.jp ranks a
massive directory
of ramen-ya nationwide
and plots them on Google
Maps. It's in Japanese,
but Chrome and similar
browsers can auto-translate entries.



Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Virtuoso Life - March/April 2018

Virtuoso Life - March/April 2018
Contents
Editor’s Note
Contributors
The Virtuoso Life
Passport
Bon Voyage
Suite Talk
Inspired By
City to Go
Seat at the Bar
On the Table
Style & Design
Well Traveled
Port of Call
Greater Good
Dossier
In My Bag
My Town
When in Rome
Noodle on This
Interview
Need to Know
Souvenir
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Virtuoso Life - March/April 2018 - Well Traveled
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Virtuoso Life - March/April 2018 - Port of Call
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Virtuoso Life - March/April 2018 - Greater Good
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Virtuoso Life - March/April 2018 - Dossier
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Virtuoso Life - March/April 2018 - In My Bag
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Virtuoso Life - March/April 2018 - My Town
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Virtuoso Life - March/April 2018 - Noodle on This
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Virtuoso Life - March/April 2018 - Interview
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Virtuoso Life - March/April 2018 - Need to Know
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