Drinks: ¥190, Food: from ¥1,000 - ¥2,000
- 1 Chome-32-8 Asagayaminami, Suginami, Tokyo
- Distance from Station:
- 8 minutes from JR Asagaya Station, 5 minutes from Tokyo Metro Minami-Asagaya Station
- 03-5913-7097 (English OK when manager is available)
- 11:30am - 3:00pm, 6:00pm - 10:00pm
- Manager can speak English.
Sample Tokyo’s Version of a Specialty From Northern Japan and More
“Tokyo Jajamen Marukyu” is one of the few places to get this localized specialty food. Jajamen is a noodle dish considered the soul food of Morioka city in the Tohoku region of northern Japan. The difference is that in Tokyo the udon is made with a special miso based meat sauce and the accompanying soup is made with chicken stock rather than the broth from the prepared udon noodles. Here at Marukyu, the Udon is made fresh everyday. The noodles come with different toppings like beni-shoga red pickled ginger, cucumber, and green onions.
Outside the shop is a huge menu with photos of the different dishes. As you enter place your order at the vending machine. After you eat the noodles a soup is poured into the bowl mixing the miso meat sauce, egg and stock made from Cochin chickens of Nagoya. This is called “chiitantan” in Morioka. If you like you can add rice to the soup. Having these accompanying dishes allows for two distinct flavors, making the meal both satisfying and quite a bargain.
During lunch only noodles and soup are sold but in the evening Marukyu becomes a one stop shop for Japanese food. You can get side dishes like the recommended buri (a type of Japanese yellowtail) with miso based sauce, and yakitori skewered chicken. Drinks are ridiculously cheap and allow for a sampling of the Japanese standards. The portion sizes are large enough to send you waddling down the shopping street. Don’t miss this opportunity to taste a unique Morioka and Tokyo specialty.
[published June 2018]
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