When my Japanese friend found out that I was heading to Sano, she told me that "Sano ramen is famous, remember to try it!"
There are actually plenty of ramen places in Sano, but I came here as it was recommended by the man at my hotel front desk. Apparently the allure of Sano ramen lies in the hand-pounded noodles and the special water used to make them. Indeed the noodles were springy and delicious. They were served in a delicate broth with a generous helping of bamboo shoots and pork slices. I was surprised by how large the portion sizes were — my mother and I found that we ordered too much.
But one thing we absolutely didn't regret ordering was the intriguing "soya sauce ice cream" (one generous scoop for 200yen). It reminded us of salted caramel ice cream, but better because it didn't have the cloying taste that sometimes accompanies caramel flavour. Two thumbs up!
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