NileGuide Expert Says:
It's difficult to find better chashu (braised pork loin made for ramen) than the one they serve at this place.
4-5-15 Nozawa, Setagaya-ku
Men-Kurai (麺くらい) is a definitive local neighborhood ramen joint. Most times you go in there, you'll see the same middle-aged guy working behind the small, 7-person counter. He'll be making soy-, miso-, or salt-based soups from scratch in the large woks on the two burners in the kitchen. Make your choice, and he'll dump a portion of noodles into a specially designed noodle pot and ask you to wait. When the noodles are ready, he'll gingerly place everything into a bowl and top it off with some of the best chashu (braised pork loin) you'll ever taste. He makes it himself in the shop, and will give precious little information on how he does it. Just understand that this man knows what he's doing, and respect the bowl he lays in front of you.