The latest Mitsuwa Marketplace food fair, featuring specialties from the Kyushu region and Okinawa, pulled into the Edgewater, NJ location this past weekend. While there are many vendors with foods available for the tasting and taking at these events, the featured ramen guest always draws by far the largest crowd. The line usually begins forming in the late morning, in advance of the 11:00 opening for orders, just as at many popular ramen shops in Japan. We’ve come to see waiting in the massive line as something of a badge of honor, like camping out overnight for tickets to see your favorite band. So it was a bit of a shock when we arrived at 10:15 and, lo and behold, bowls were being ladled out with no line to the lucky few who had wandered over! Naturally, the only thing to do in this situation was to partake in a 10:30 ramen second breakfast.
Tatsunoya is no stranger to the Mitsuwa festival circuit. One can only hope that, like Mitsuwa food court regular Santouka, Tatsunoya’s continued popular reception at these events might encourage them to bring this rich tonkotsu to a more permanent stateside installation. The bowl, with both Hakata and Kurume style influences, was just as great as I remember from their previous visit, or as Keizo at Go Ramen! puts it, this soup was BOMB!.
Unlike last time, I had success in snagging a picture of the proud and beaming chef, one of master Kajiwara-san’s associates.
Tastsunoya is kid-approved.
By 10:45 the line almost reached the door.