Wednesday, November 24, 2010

がんこ一徹 (Ganko Ittetsu)

Out with my fellow ramen rovers Keizo and Brian, we decide to stick close to home on one of our semi-regular ramen outings. The guys schlepped out to my (now sadly former) home in the semi-obscure northwestern Tokyo neighborhood of Araiyakushi. Right in front of my dearly missed local train station on the slowly moving Seibu line is a decent little ramen zone. There's a branch of the eminent (and soon to be written up) Ogikubo-style Maruchô, local stalwart Yakushi Ôban (deliciously slurped yet sadly unphotographed last year), the original locale of tomato ramen innovator RYOMA, and Ganko Ittetsu.


Wanting to try something new, we decided to go with Ganko, figuring it to be a branch of the publicity-shy franchise based in northwest Tokyo. The Ganko shops are quite legendary - check my old posts or the New York Times article for more info.


Ganko rarely (OK, never) does a ramen eater wrong, and this place had the telltale magazine recommendations, but...is it really a Ganko? There was no black sign, no signature bone, no grumpy old man behind the counter. Publicity seemed to indicate that the master had trained at the Eifukuchô Taishôken, so I'm not really sure how the Ganko got in there, save for some obscure lineage, a distant third cousin at best. Which is perhaps why the felt the need to add on the "Ittetsu", meaning "stubborn or hardheaded" to Ganko, which already means..."stubborn or hardheaded."


Sadly, the soup wasn't up to true Ganko standards. Keizo and Brian got what I think was the standard miso (sorry, this is where the blogging six months late bites you in the ass), which was, while not bad, a bit bland and nothing special. If you've got some bowls under your belt you should be able to tell at a glance that a bowl that looks like this is not destined for greatness.


My own bowl had a bit more punch since I maxed out the spice level. It made for a tasty bowl, but it really felt like eating Korean food rather than ramen, with spicy miso and sesame seeds. Check out that monster-sized bowl though! I guess that's where the Taishôken connection comes in - tub-sized portions.


The other factor that gave it that Korean flair were the noodles...which isn't a good thing, since in Korea "ramyun" means instant noodles, which this kinda resembled.


So, sorry Ittetsu, you may have filled our bellies, but you won't go down in the ramen annals. You may have tasted pretty OK, but with three better shops within a hundred meters, I can't even recommend you in good faith. Get grumpier with those noodles!

19 comments:

Anonymous said...

gjhjhhggfhjkf

Dian Ardi said...

The information you convey very helpful at all Gejala Demam Berdarah Cara Mengobati Campak
Many points raised that I got after reading the contents of the article you wrote this Daftar Makanan untuk Mencegah Anemia Obat Angin Duduk
Thank you willing to share a lot of interesting information :) Makanan Sehat untuk Penderita Batu Ginjal

Nina Herlina said...

article that you serve is very good and interesting. obat herbal penyumbatan pembuluh darah jantung obat tradisional gondok I am very glad to be one of the readers of this article you create. cara menghilangkan benjolan di kepala obat herbal kanker hatiThank you for sharing and I hope this website you manage to be the best

Unknown said...

I am very happy to be one of the visitors on your website. obat stroke ringan The article was so cool. obat osteoporosis If you have health problems visit us at obat penurun mata minus

obi duatilu said...

Nice website, the site is very interesting, a lot of helpful articles and the latest news that arouse interest. nice!!
cara menyembuhkan turun berok
cara mengatasi maag kambuh saat puasa
obat herbal kelenjar getah bening

Dian Sepdiana said...

Success for the website, as well as the previously asked permission to visit here ...
Obat Hipertensi Herbal Terbaik
Obat Jantung Koroner Terbaik
Obat Tradisional Terbaik Untuk Kanker
Cara Mengobati Kista Baker Paling Ampuh
Cara Pengobatan Batu Empedu Tanpa Operasi

Bahaya Sembelit atau Konstipasi Pada Anak said...

Enjoy your work feels so much lighter and get maximum results
Obat Jantung Lemah Terbaik
Obat Herbal Untuk Stroke Iskemik Paling Ampuh
Obat Herbal Benjolan Di Kepala Termutakhir
Obat Herbal Hipertensi Parah Paling Ampuh

lionel abi said...

I can feel that the articles contained in this blog is so interesting. I also get a variety informasin, thanks.
cara menyembuhkan tumor mata

payal sharma said...

An excellent information provided thanks for all the information i must say great efforts made by you. thanks a lot for all the information you provided.
Packers And Movers Pune charges
Packers And Movers Pune charges

Packers Movers Pune said...

Hi – It’s good to read such interesting content. I agree with much of what is written here and I’ll be coming back.
Thanks again for posting such great reading material!! To get more relevant information visit here
Packers And Movers Bangalore to hyderabad

obat herbal asam lambung paling ampuh said...

Thank you for the information may be useful to us all
Greetings and salutations healthy always.

Global Movers Packers said...

Packers and Movers In Delhi
Packers and Movers Delhi
Movers and Packers Delhi
Packers and Movers in Delhincr
Packers and Movers in Gurgaon
Packers and Movers in Faridabad
Packers and Movers in Ghaziabad
Packers and Movers in Noida
Packers and Movers in Greater Noida
Packers and Movers in Bangalore

Mars April said...

This is one of the best pages I've visited glad to be in your yard this amazing I find your site from gogole. Thanks for sharing, and I would be very happy and happy if you are also willing to visit to our website and read them to share information and knowledge about health, disease and treatment. Thank you and may be beneficial for all.
Obat Amandel Paling Ampuh dan Efektif | Obat Herpes Genital Paling Ampuh | Obat Penghancur batu Empedu | Obat Asidosis Tubulus Renalis (ATR) Yang Alami dan Efektif | Obat Tradisional Gagal Ginjal | Obat Infeksi Tulang Paling Ampuh Dan Efektif | Obat Keloid Atau Bekas Luka Yang Alami

One Movers said...

So Good to be here about it and you post is fantastic this article to give awareness.. Keep posting new info. movers and packers madhapur Hyderabad movers and packers marathahalli bangalore

Intan Nabila said...

Thanks for sharing information very interesting and useful. Do not forget to visit our website to share information and knowledge about health Obat Rakitis Alami & Ampuh | Pengobatan Alternatif Syaraf Kejepit | Pengobatan Tradisional Paling Ampuh Dan Efektif

Vinod Chandra said...

Every one of the merchants recorded on our site offer free dismantling and reassembling administration to the clients.
Packers and Movers in Chennai
Packers and Movers Delhi
Packers and Movers in Hyderabad
Movers and Packers Bangalore

Deepika Mehta said...

You can conveniently book a taxi from Delhi Airport to Dehradun. Drivers will ensure comfortable journey of your taxi from Delhi airport to Dehradun as they are trained to offer superior customer service.
Taxi from Delhi to Jaipur
Delhi to Jaipur Taxi
Taxi from Delhi Airport to Jaipur
One way Taxi Fare from Delhi to Jaipur
Taxi fare from Delhi Airport to Jaipur

bhabhi ji said...

Char Dham is the famous sacred pilgrimage circuit of Uttrakhand India. It consists of four abodes of God. We at Tourtraveltourism.com take care all of your travel needs. We provide a variety in our packages.
Char Dham Yatra
Char Dham Yatra from Hyderabad
Char Dham Yatra Packages from Hyderabad
Char Dham Yatra Tour Package from Hyderabad

Deden Hidayat said...

given article is very helpful and very useful for my admin, and pardon me permission to share articles here hopefully helped :

Cara mengatasi ruam popok
Obat iritasi lambung
Obat penebalan dinding rahim