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Santoka at Mitsuwa Market in Edgewater NJ

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Santoka at Mitsuwa Market in Edgewater NJ

Denis | Mar 20, 2006 10:37 AM

We went there on Saturday and had one combo with shio (salt, their specialty) ramen, rice with maybe natto and seaweed, and egg side dish; and one shoyu ramen. I thought it was great. The shio was indeed very salty, but the broth had this sweet-ish body that was just hard to stop eating. The pork was yummy and the noodles had a nice light firmness. The egg side dish was very moist and delicious. The rice thing was a fine accompaniment. I thought the shoyu was very good too. One thing I liked in the shio was that you got the body of the pork bone broth without the kind of charnel-house aroma that I've experienced at Menkui-tei, for example, in NYC. Perhaps that's just evidence of my lack of appreciation for the unadulterated, intense pork-bone experience, but in any event it was welcome. Would love to go back and try some of the other stuff in the food court. We did get a sweet (mochi, my wife said) consisting of rice paste wrapped around sweetened chestnut and red bean paste, which was silky and yummy, and also pancake sandwiches, one with red bean paste and one with cream filling, which were pleasant but not eye-opening. Very much want to go back, and by car from Manhattan it's pretty quick, though obviously not everyone has a car. Not sure how to get there otherwise, I regret to say.

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