My quest for the great old Chinese restaurant continues and took me to the heart of Tamashima old shopping arcade. Kouchin has been in business for 55 years and it’s a gem in middle of this run down arcade.
I visited the restaurant twice last week. I went for lunch by myself and took my wife Saturday night. The lunch menu has some really good set menus.
I ordered the crispy noodles menu which cost only 950 yen.
The restaurant is packed during lunch. But I went a couple minutes before they close their doors at 9 PM and had a chance to shoot a few pics of the original decoration.
Got to love these kitchy chairs!
But I was way more interested by the food.
My wife and I ordered the liver which was just perfect and came out of the kitchen in record time.
Nice long gyoza in a steel pan which reminded me of the stuff I ate in Taiwan.
The star of the show is the mabo tofu. I asked for the spiciest mabo and I was brought this little pot of molten Szechuan lava.
If you are in the spicy game, be my guest and indulge in this mind altering pleasure. I could not think straight for an whole hour while I sweated and tried to regain the use of my tongue. I will order the less spicy version on my next visit if you don’t mind.
Kouchin is a great old Chinese restaurant offering some decent food and I will be back many times to probably eat everything they offer on their menu. It’s unfortunate that the restaurant is a bit far from Shin-Kurashiki station. If you drive, the restautant has a parking about 50 m away.