Kamibuta: Punk Ramen
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published: September 21, 2016
Kamibuta, just off Blue Street next to Mos Burger, is ramen as a dare. Its small size is everyone else’s medium. The medium is plenty for a healthy American servicemember. But let’s just skip straight to the “631 challenge,” a 2,200 yen ($21.81) bowl of insanity.
If you finish, you’ll get half of your money back, which you can use on antacids.
Successful 631 conquerors gain immortality with a place for their signatures and a message on the walls of Kamibuta, or “sea pig” in English.
Again, ordering is handled at the vending machine off to the left. This time, the sizes are listed in English, though the rest is in Japanese.
The waitress will offer you a spoonful of garlic in your soup, which I’d suggest, because there is no subtlety to be masked in this bowl of ramen.
Forget the usual, thin, fatty pieces of pork. This is a serious piece of sliced loin, though I wished it had been warmer. The pile of bean sprouts peeks well above the rim and sits atop the thick, floury noodles.
This isn’t weekly ramen, unless you’re considering a career in sumo.