I tried a few more dishes recently at Nojo.
Chicken Nanban ($9)
The chicken in this dish was excellent - tender and juicy with a thin crispy crust that remained crispy even soaked in the reddish slightly sweet sauce. Nice tartar sauce topping with chopped egg that maybe was a little on the watery side. It came with a simple lettuce salad with a vinaigrette like dressing. Kind of a big dish to accompany a bowl of ramen solo, would probably be good for sharing.
Chicken Paitan Tan-Tan Spicy Miso ($17) added a soft boiled dashi egg (+$1.50)
This was pretty good. Spicy. Good textured noodles. It came with two spoons, one with some holes in it, I guess to get at some of the ground chicken topping. Broth was thick and nicely flavored, not super complex though. Nice crispy fried gobo.
Egg was served on the side.
Chicken Paitan ($15)
I liked this better than the Tan-Tan. Not the best photo of it, sorry. It had some slightly crunchy large bamboo shoots. Topped with a bundle of grated ginger. I wasn’t sure what to do with that so I just mixed it in the soup. Had spring onion and some peppery daikon sprouts. The broth was thick, white and chicken-y, less chalky than the one at Mensho Ramen in the Tenderloin. I think I actually liked this broth better than the one at Mensho. Topped with chicken meatballs which were excellent. Described as “fluffy tsukune meatballs” they were indeed fluffy, and tender. Made with ground chicken, with slightly crispy brown bits on the outside.
Nikumaki Rice Ball ($4.50) with Spicy Garlic Chili and Cheese (+$1.50)
A rice ball wrapped in pork belly. A nice side dish with a slightly crispy pork belly exterior. Kind of expensive.