Bingiri | ビンギリ
Style: Katsuura Tantanmen
Bowl to Crush: Katsuura Tantanmen | 勝浦タンタン麺
Bingiri serves various styles of tantanmen, but they're most famous for katsuura tantanmen, a sub-genre invented in the city of Katsuura, located deep in Chiba on the eastern side of Japan's Boso peninsula.
Bingiri's katsuura tantanmen comes with a heavy portion of diced onions and Chinese chives (nira), topped with a spoonful of spicy powder containing chilies and Sichuan peppercorns. A broad layer of chili oil coats the surface of the soup.
Incidentally, this is the only bowl of ramen we've encountered that is served with a spork. As you eat your way through the noodles, you use the spork to dig up the sediment-like layers of onions, chives and ground pork that coat the bottom of the bowl. You then take this goodness and heap it over a side dish of white rice (free with every order!). Because the soup is covered in so much chili oil, we usually spoon it over the rice rather than attempting to drink it straight. The heat is forceful, but dynamic flavors shine through. If you're a fan of tantanmen or spicy ramen, put Bingiri high on your hit list.
The only drawback: the shop is open for just 2.5 hours during lunch.
Opening Hours: Mon-Sat: 12pm-2:30pm
Days Closed: Sunday
1-12-16 Momoi, Suginami-ku, Tokyo