My best shop in Ginza now is Rousokuya (蝋燭屋). Rousokuya serve delicious mapo tofu noodles, tantanmen, and hot and sour noodles. They always have a long line at lunchtime. Also Rengatei (煉瓦亭) on the left of Rousokuya have long line at lunchtime, too. So, sometimes it’s hard to find the border between those two shops with easily.
Recently, Some branch is open. Omotesando, Umeda of Osaka and Sapporo. So, I think the line of Ginza head shop became shorter than ever.
They have English menus. They have four types of spicy noodles.
Spiciness of all noodles can be choosen from three degrees. Low (薄辛) , Middle (普辛) and High (倍辛). If you want to have more and more spicy one, you can have more chili pepper, sichuan pepper and chili oil with extra charge (100 yen) each. Another, they serve cold noodles in summer.
There’s a ticket vending machine at the door inside the shop. At lunchtime, they serve half size of rice by free of charge. Weekends, too. All noodles have local Sichuan pepper except hot and sour noodles.
The shop is narrow but long, There’re counter seats on the left and right along each wall. The kitchen is at the back of the shop. They prepare paper apron on each seats.
Condiments on the table. From left (behind toothpick) to right, blended vinegar, chili and Budou Sancho Oil.
Budou Sansho oil (ぶどう山椒) is Taihaku sesami oil that is boiled with Budou Sansho (a kind of sichuan pepper produced in Kisyu of Wakayama prefecture).
Budou means grape. It’s grown like grape.
This oil is flavorful. It’s good for all noodles.
There’s a explanation about those condiments on the wall, so, I use it as preference and ate.
* Budou Sansho oil – For all noodles, especially for no soup tantanmen noodles and mapo dofu noodles
* Blended vinegar – Good for No soup tantanmen noodles, hot and sour noodles
* Chili – Good for tantanmen noodles
This is their No.1. Mapo tofu noodles. I love it, too. As its name, noodles are covered with mapo tofu having much Sichuan pepper.
They serve half rice at lunchtime without charge. I ate it at the intervals of eating mapo dofu noodles because the mapo dofu was really spicy.
But it’s also good to put the rice into the soup or put mapo dofu onto the rice 🙂
Thicker springy noodles is under the mapo dofu. It was dressed with mapo dofu very well. Though I ordered my mapo dofu noodles with normal spiciness, it’s so spicy. But delicious .I couldn’t stop chopsticks. Of course, it’s delicious. but I think it’s also good to eat rice and this mapo dofu only… This mapo dofu itself is really good.
It’s natural thing that people visit for this and wait so long. Of course, this mapo tofu go with draft beer 🙂
When I visited there for the first time, I ate it. Tantanmen noodles with normal spiciness. It have minced meat, chili oil, white sesame, black sesame, ground white sesame, peanuts and so on. It looks not spicy.
It have thin noodles. It have smooth texture by sesame but have strong spiciness of Sichuan pepper. It’s delicious.
Mapo dofu noodles was good, but I like this noodles, too ! By the way, this is high level of spiciness. I ate it last time. The color of the soup is deeper than normal one. Actually, my nose smelled stronger flavor of Sichuan pepper.
But it wasn’t too spicy. So, I felt comfortable at first. But after a while, Sichuan pepper bites my tongue. So, I think normal one is better than strong one in that I can enjoy the ramen until last.
I tried no soup tantanmen noodles, too. Somehow it’s 20 yen more inexpensive than another noodles.
I think it’s the same noodles as mapo dofu noodles. This noodles dressed with the sauce is sticky. It’s hard to mix altogether. Much minced meat, peanuts, black sesame, white sesame, chili pepper, green onion, dried shrimp and sauce on it. I mixed it altogether well and ate it.
The sauce is thick. It’s similar to dandan noodles of Unrinbo (雲林坊) in Akihabara.
Putting Budou sichuan pepper oil onto it added refreshing tastes.
This is hot and sour noodles.
It’s differ from another three noodles. It don’t have much Sichuan pepper. It’s tangy and spicy. It’s addictive as well as another noodles !
Especially, it’s loved by women. There’re much enoki mushrooms. So, it’s healthy. The sourness is light, so, even if you don’t like strong sourness, you may be able to eat it with easily. There’re coriander on it, but I needed more. So, I ordered extra coriander with 200 yen.