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.
Master Oohashi-san comes from a noodle-making background — his parents own the noodle company Hikari Shokuhin — and he prepares the noodles for this shop by hand every morning. The soup is an umami-rich 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 Japanese salarymen. The soup is rich and fatty, with morsels of dried fish and seafood that cling enticingly to the fresh, chewy dipping noodles. A spicy version, which is excellent, is also offered. Ganja happened to be the very first ramen shop to put a dollop of fish powder directly in the soup bowl. This is commonplace at many ramen shops across the land now but Ganja was the first to do it.
The shop name hints rather unsubtly at the state of mind this wonderfully decadent food is designed to satisfy.
UPDATE: As of June 2017 this shop is set to undergo renovations for several months and will reopen during the latter half of the year.
Opening Hours: 11:30am-4:30pm
Days Closed: Sunday
1-1-8 Shintomicho, Kawagoe-shi, Saitama