November 9, 2010

Maboroshi-ken Ramen

Maboroshi-ken (まぼろし軒) is a popular ramen shop in Tokorozawa. This dish is my favorite Tonkotsu-Shio Ramen (とんこつ塩ラーメン), which is ramen with broth made from pork bones and salt. Just the thing to fill your stomach after a long afternoon walk.

Maboroshi-ken just started their lunch hour. Until recently they were only open at night.

I don't know about everywhere else but in Japan there is a thing called Shime (締め pronounced She-meh). When people go out to eat and/or drink in Japan (which we call Nomikai (飲み会)) it can lead to a second stage which we call Nijikai (second party) where we all go karaoke, bowling, or just to another Izakaya. The bigger the event, the longer these after parties keep on going.


Anyways, the Shime comes at the very end of the night (i.e. early morning). And this is just speaking from experience but a lot of times this ends up being ramen, probably because ramen shops tend to be open in the middle of the night and you can be in and out of the shop quite quickly.

Eating ramen at 4am is probably not the greatest idea health-wise. But it's still very very tasty!


Maboroshi-ken is open everyday from 11:30am to 5pm and again from 5:30pm to 4am.

15 comments:

Evelyn said...

This is making me really hungry. I could eat ramen anytime.

Tall Gary said...

I took the little test at their website and they suggested I might like the wonton ramen. I think they may be right.

But those slices of hard-boiled eggs, green onions, and nori you photographed floated in the tonkotsu soup sure look appealing. And you get benishoga pickled ginger in yours. I don’t see any in mine. Ya, shoganai.

cieldequimper said...

It looks so delicious (this is breakfast time for me, though a bit later than 4!). I like those stools a lot.

arabesque said...

wow, it's definitely not your usual time and nothing looks more
とてもおいしい than this,
ugh! it's dinner time here and i can hear my stomach making some funny sounds. it's a sign that すでにおなかすいた. ^0^

ps: would certainly go to a ramen store if i visit there. ^0^

B SQUARED said...

Sounds like a typical night in every college town, here.

Halcyon said...

Looks delicious! Although I would have to opt for a non-pork version.

Lois said...

It does look tasty! I'm not sure I could eat it at 4am though.

VP said...

If I were outside for a walk at 4am (almost impossible in this world) I won't be too difficult about some hot food!

NYC In Photographs said...

That looks really good! I will have to try it one day. =)

Anzu said...

明け方 締めに
まぼろし軒のラーメンを食べた感動を味わいたかったなぁ~ 若い時にね。(笑)

T. Becque said...

This looks so good! Sounds like a wonderful "event"! The place reminds me of the Sonoran hot dog stands we have here in Tucson.

Kiki said...

I love ramen!

Leif Hagen said...

Can we meet for lunch there someday?! Oishi desu ne!!

Al said...

I miss ramen.

Francisca said...

Okay, it's just about 4 am now, I need to get my head on a pillow, but MAN would I love a bowl of that ramen NOW! Good night... I'll be back later...

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