Shinka | 町田汁場 進化
Style: Shio w/ Chicken
Bowl to Crush: Shio Zenbu Iri | しお全部入り
Shinka has long been known for serving some of the best shio ramen in Tokyo. Located deep in Machida, over an hour from Shinjuku, the shop front is nondescript and fairly easy to miss if you don't notice the flags flying beside the doors. This is a classic destination shop, held in high regard amongst the ramen heads.
Creating a memorable and completely satisfying shio soup is not easy, and it can take an advanced ramen palate to appreciate one. Master Shintarou Sekiguchi makes a bowl that all eaters can grasp.
The soup is made from five varieties of salt (5!), chicken, konbu and several types of niboshi. Visually, it's arresting: generous pieces of buta and tori chashu, diced green negi, thin noodles, menma and a plump tamago. But before the toppings go into the bowl, the master ladles a spoonful of liquid golden chiyu into the dish. The chiyu adds a rich dynamic and glistens atop the soup. A small piece of yuzu dropped into the soup infuses the dish with citrusy freshness.
The noodles are house-made and the toppings are delicious; but at Shinka, it's really all about the soup. Like most top-level shops, the balance in this bowl is tremendous. The soup is light and fragrant, but also surprisingly wholesome. Overall, a bowl that commands respect, even among non-shio fans.
Opening Hours: Mon-Sat: 11am-3pm, 6pm-9pm; Sun & Holidays: 11am-5pm (or until the soup runs out)
Days Closed: None
3-18-17 Morino, Machida-shi, Tokyo
東京都町田市森野3-18-17 ウイング森野 1F