We rode our bicycles out to Lalaport in Kamoi last Sunday and decided to find a ramen shop in that area. We went into Mendokoro Kassui 55 (麺処かっすい55) as it’s a place I’ve always noticed when in Kamoi and I had read some good reviews of it.
There were only about three people there when we arrived, all seated at the counter. There is a big window in the front of the shop which lets a lot of natural light into the place, but the grey interior still felt a bit dark and drab. We both ordered thick miso ramen (濃厚味噌ラーメン) from the machine and were seated at the table next to the big window.
The ramen was topped with corn, leek (長ネギ), green onions (ネギ), lettuce, bean sprouts, half a boiled egg, spicy minced pork and cracked black pepper. There was also a somewhat small, but thick, and very soft piece of braised pork (チャーシュー) which just melted as soon as it entered my mouth. The pork is a very important ingredient in ramen, and they got it right here.
The soup was quite strong and a bit spicy, probably due to the minced pork and black pepper. And, as the name suggested, it was thick.
In additional to all of the toppings, there was also a generous portion of noodles. They were thick, wavy and firm. And as you can see in the photo below, the thick soup just clings to those noodles.
There were so many toppings on this ramen, a good portion of noodles, and the soup was a bit heavy. But somehow I managed to finish it all. I guess it was the fact that I had ridden my bicycle for 40 minutes on a near-empty stomach to get there. I’ve had better miso ramen, but this place was pretty good.
Location: Kamoi Station, on the Lalaport side of the bridge opposite Mini Stop.
Price: 700-850 yen
Seating: About 8 counter seats and 3 tables