Ganja | 頑者
Style: Tonkotsu Gyokai
Bowl to Crush: Kara-tsukemen (辛つけめん)
Ganja is located way out in Kawagoe, Saitaima. If Tokyo were New York, this shop would be in deep Queens. But it's worth the pilgrimage. Ganja ranks among the very best tsukemen shops in the Tokyo metropolitan area.
The shop master, Oohashi-san, was born into a ramen family. His parents own and operate Hikari Shokuhin, an established noodle company in the city. Oohashi-san plies the family craft daily, making his noodles from scratch each morning before opening.
Ganja serves tonkotsu-gyokai (double soup of pork-bone and seafood), a style that became wildly popular in the early 2000s and remains a favorite of young salarymen. The soup is rich and fatty, with morsels of dried fish and seafood that cling enticingly to the fresh, chewy dipping noodles. The bowl comes with a generous dollop of fish powered floating on the surface of the soup. Ganja was one of the first tsukemen shops in Japan to make liberal use of fish powder in this way — today it's a popular technique across Tokyo. A spicy version is also offered – equally excellent.
The shop name hints at the state of mind that this meal is certain to satisfy.
Ganja | 頑者（がんじゃ）
Opening Hours: 11:30am-4:30pm (or until soup runs out)
Days Closed: Sunday
1-1-8 Shintomicho, Kawagoe, Saitama
埼玉県 川越市 新富町 1-1-8