I’m Tetsu! I’m a member of Tokyo Otaku Mode and I really like ramen! It wouldn’t be an exaggeration to say that it’s a staple that sustains and helps Japan’s restaurant business at this time. It’s that fashionable. Initially introduced over from China, it has undergone varied adjustments to go well with the Japanese palate and now, it’s a utterly totally different dish.
In the present day, I’m going to share 9 tremendous scrumptious sorts of ramen with you based mostly on how they style. They vary from the fundamental to the brand new and novel, as a result of who is aware of, you may end up hungry and in Tokyo someday! Anyway, lets embark on our Tokyo Ramen tour? My abdomen’s already growling. I can’t wait anymore!
Listed here are the 9 best ramen sorts you MUST strive when you come to Tokyo!
Because the title suggests, soy sauce ramen is named as such due to the soy sauce that’s added to the soup. As that is essentially the most conventional fashion, some locations simply name it “Chuuka Soba” (actually, “Chinese language noodles”). Amongst all of the types of ramen, soy sauce ramen has the longest historical past and it’s most actually a staple!
Ramen lovers from throughout Japan make pilgrimages to Takano for this one bowl of ramen! Whereas the soup is created from a easy seafood broth which you can’t get sick of, their noodles are made in-house and comprise zero components. What’s extra! They have been first listed below the Bib Gourmand class of the 2015 Michelin Information, then consecutively for the subsequent Four years till 2018! Critically, test this one out. You received’t remorse it!
Takano’s superbly clear soup smells wonderful, and it’s so mild on the palate! Two items of roasted seaweed! 4 (!) thick slices of roasted pork, and god, they’re so tender! Toppings like bamboo shoots and spring onions are a’lots too. You gotta strive the superbly al dente noodles along with the soup. They’re so clean that they only slide down your throat. Upon getting one chew, you received’t have the ability to cease. Each time I’ve a bowl of Takano’s ramen, I by no means depart a single drop of soup behind. Oh sure, did I point out that there’s additionally a prepare straight to right here from Asakusa? You need to strive it!
2-15-10 Nakanobu, Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo
1 minute stroll from Ebara-Nakanobu Station (Tokyu Ikegami Line)
9 minute stroll from Nakanobu Station, Exit A3 (Toei Asakusa Line)
Eight minute stroll from Togoshi-koen Station, South Exit (Tokyu Oimachi Line)
11:30 am to 2:30 pm
Closed each Wednesday.
※May shut earlier relying on when the soup runs out.
Pork bone broth and skinny, straight noodles type the bottom of tonkotsu ramen! Regardless that one can find it primarily in outlets that specialize in ramen from the Fukuoka space in addition to Chinese language eating places and roadside stalls, you may positively discover good tonkotsu ramen in Tokyo, too. Some locations allow you to select how mushy you’d like your noodles, and even order a second serving of noodles on the home!
Hakata Ramen Akanoren (Nishi-Azabu Fundamental Department)
Akanoren is a well-established ramen place that’s been serving the Nishi-Azabu space for over 40 years now. In my view, they’ve the very best tonkotsu ramen in the entire of Tokyo! The soup is simmered for a full day, and paired with a robust soy sauce, it’s wealthy and thick and not using a trace of gaminess that may put some off. The noodles are formed skinny and flat, so that they decide up the soup properly! Plus it’s near Roppongi Station and open till early morning, so you can even go for a late-night meal after an evening out! Can I get seconds, please?!
The most effective factor about tonkotsu ramen is the truth that you may select how agency or mushy your noodles are, in addition to order a second serving of noodles referred to as “kaedama”. However as a result of the noodles at this Akanoren are softer, I all the time select to go along with agency or very agency. On the whole, there are 5 choices at tonkotsu ramen locations: mushy, regular, agency, very agency, and wires. Effectively, true connoisseurs typically modify the firmness of their second servings based mostly on their first.
Hakata Ramen Akanoren (Nishi-Azabu Fundamental Department)
1F Daigo Nakaoka Constructing
3-21-24, Nishiazabu, Minato Metropolis, Tokyo
10 minutes from Roppongi Station, Exit 1C (Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line/Toei Oedo Line)
11:00 am to three:00 pm
9:00 pm to five:00 am
Closed each Sunday.
This ramen is made up of Chinese language wheat noodles and a soup that’s extracted from hen and pork bones then seasoned with a salty sauce. Because the broth isn’t vigorously boiled, it doesn’t flip cloudy just like the beforehand talked about tonkotsu ramen, and as a substitute, stays clear. That is the ramen that embodies the saying, “Much less is extra!”
Only a 5 minute stroll from Harajuku, Afuri is fashionable with locals and vacationers alike! I used to make it a degree of stopping by each time I discovered myself in Harajuku. My favorite would positively be the Yuzu Shio ramen. Not all that glitters is gold, however belief me, this soup will get fairly darn shut.
Utilizing pure water sourced from Mount Afuri in Kanagawa Prefecture, it’s boiled slowly with entire chickens, seafood, and herbs amongst different fastidiously chosen components, making it significantly scrumptious. Each single time, I find yourself utterly draining my bowl. The hand-pulled noodles are additionally so springy. God, I can really feel my mouth watering whilst I’m scripting this!
Regardless that the toppings supplied are easy, they’re sure to fulfill! Think about the crisp Japanese mustard greens and the mushy, syrupy center of a boiled egg, sheets of roasted seaweed and crunchy bamboo shoots, completed off with refreshing yuzu zest. The mix of yuzu and the soup is irresistable!
Oh, sure, and also you get to decide on between the way you need your hen char siu slices carried out, too. Whether or not you need them packed filled with taste and cooked over an open flame, or tender and more healthy when you’re health-conscious, they’re there for you! The inside of the restaurant is trendy and appears like a restaurant! In case you’re a Harajuku boy, you’d wish to pay attention to this place!
3-63-1 Sendagaya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Three minutes from JR Harajuku Station
5 minutes from Meiji-jingumae Station (Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line, Fukutoshin Line)
10:00 am to 11:30 pm (Final order at 11:00 pm)
Miso ramen will get its title from the truth that miso is added to the soup as a sauce. Though it famously originated from Sapporo, there are other forms of miso ramen that have been birthed in different places as properly. That is simply one thing I noticed on TV, however apparently, it’s primary out of all of the meals that vacationers try to love once they go to Japan!
Each time I’ve miso ramen, it all the time makes me consider my childhood. Possibly it’s as a result of my father typically took me to eat it. The soup at Hanada is so creamy and wealthy. With pork bones as the primary ingredient of the inventory, they’re cooked down with greens to attract out their savouriness, till the depth of the soup is just intoxicating! Right here, the noodles are thick and springy, and just a bit agency. Topped with bean sprouts, the servings are correctly substantial and for a glutton like me, it’s excellent!
The toppings right here embody melt-in-your mouth fatty char siu, together with bean sprouts and inexperienced onions that have been in a cast-iron pot with miso pork bone broth. In fact, the seasoned egg is divinely thick and gooey, too. It might be good if I might take my father right here for a meal! Plus it’s additionally nice that Hanada is in Ikebukuro – 1 of the three holy lands for otaku in Tokyo. (The opposite 2 are Akihabara and Nakano!)
Higashi-Ikebukuro ISK Constructing 1F
1-23-Eight Higashiikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo
6 minutes from JR Ikebukuro Station, East Exit
6 minutes from Ikebukuro Station (Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line)
7 minuteus from Ikebukuro Station (Tokyo Metro Yurakucho Line)
6 minutes from Higashi-Ikebukuro Station (Tokyo Metro Yurakucho Line)
Monday to Saturday: 11:00 am to 11:00 pm
Sunday and public holidays: 11:00 am to 10:00 pm
Closed for the top and begin of the 12 months holidays.
On a king-sized mattress of noodles sits a blanket pile of greens and char siu, and the entire scrumptious mountain is double the dimensions of a daily bowl of ramen. A signature yellow signboard is a landmark for a Jiro-style ramen restaurant, identical to X marks the spot on a treasure map. The soup is made by boiling again fats and aromatics like garlic and cabbage cores with pork bones and stomach. There are quite a lot of locations that make their noodles in-house, and on the entire, they’re thick, agency, and flat. Due to its uniqueness, this fashion of ramen is extraordinarily addictive and a few even say “Jiro-style isn’t ramen; it’s a dish in its personal proper.”
Ramen Jiro (Shinjuku Kabukicho Department)
I’ve a confession: I’m really a ‘Jiro-rian’.
“Hm?” I hear you ask.” What’s a ‘Jiro-rian’?”
Effectively, that’s the way you name people who find themselves hooked on the noodles at Ramen Jiro! Belief me, you’ll perceive when you’ve had them. Constructing upon the bottom of pork bones for the broth, it’s buttery and filled with the richness of soy sauce. With such a heavy taste profile, the sturdy depth of the pork bones actually shines by way of. One other particular characteristic can be the pork fats that’s piled on prime of the noodles. The noodles are flat, wavy, and broad. It’s springy with a very good resistance so it picks up the soup properly! I wish to eat it so badly that I’m significantly beginning to shake!
There’s really a rule in Jiro. Whether or not or not you already know this could change your total expertise, so pay attention up! At Ramen Jiro, you may modify the quantity of the next in response to your preferences: nin’niku (finely chopped uncooked garlic), yasai (bean sprouts and cabbage), abura (pork fats), karame (how wealthy the style is).
Relying on how a lot you wish to eat, you can even strive saying “mashi” (extra) or “mashi-mashi” (so much). In fact, you can even ask for a smaller portion (“sukuname”). When your server asks, “Would you want garlic?”, that’s when it’s your time to shine! If it’s your first time, you may all the time reply with “none”, and when you discover that it isn’t fairly passable, bear in mind the magic phrases in your subsequent go to! As a facet notice, I all the time go along with “A variety of garlic and greens, and just a bit little bit of fats.” (In Japanese: “Nin’niku yasai mashi-mashi, abura sukuname.”)
*Because the default portion of ramen is already fairly substantial, please tread with warning when you’d like to extend your portion of yasai.
Ramen Jiro Shinjuku Kabuki-cho Department
Nisshin Constructing 1F
2-37-5 Kabukicho, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
Four minutes from Shinjuku Station (Seibu Shinjuku Line)
7 minutes from Shinjuku-Nishiguchi Station (Toei Ōedo Line)
7 minutes from Shinjuku Station (Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line)
Eight minutes from JR Shinjuku Station, East Exit
11:30 am to three:00 pm
Closed each Wednesday.
6. Tantan-men (Tantan Noodles)
Tantan noodles are a deliciously savory and spicy noodle dish. It was introduced over to Japan by a Sichuan-born chef named Chen Kenmin, who then tailored the dish to go well with Japanese palates and unfold it throughout the nation. What’s attribute is that it’s typically served as a soupy noodle dish flavored with chili oil.
The definition of tantan noodles are fairly imprecise in Japan, so particulars of the dish do fluctuate relying on the shop. On the whole nevertheless, many outlets use barely thicker Chinese language wheat noodles and prime the dish with soy sauce-seasoned minced meat or greens like bok choy and bean sprouts. Shredded inexperienced onion and thinly sliced chili peppers are additionally moderately frequent as garnishes.
Yunrinbou (Akihabara Department)
Simply 10 minutes from our city of Akihabara! The tantan noodles at Yunrinbou are an beautiful mix of flavors from the mildness of the bottom sesame seeds and peanuts, then the spiciness of chili oil and Sichuan peppers. When you begin consuming, you received’t have the ability to cease your chopsticks right here both! The skinny noodles pair properly with the soup, the chili oil with inexperienced onions, the white scallions with the minced meat. Even simply visually, it appears wonderful! I extremely suggest this for anybody who likes spicy meals like me!
My advice could be to get the noodles with a mini mapo rice bowl! You in all probability already know, however a mapo rice bowl is made up of rice below a stir-fry. This stir-fry is made by frying minced meat, purple chili, and Sichuan peppers along with toubanjan (broad bean chilli paste), then cooking the combination briefly with tofu and hen inventory. Regardless that the mapo rice bowl at Yunrinbou is kind of spicy, it’s nonetheless tasty and filled with taste!
By the way in which, you may select the degrees of spice and numbness for each dishes on a scale of 1 to Four with out further price. It’s 100 yen further when you resolve to go along with Stage 5. Often, folks go along with stage 3, however when you love spicy meals, you can go all out and provides it a shot!
Yunrinbou (Akihabara Department)
Kyodo Constructing 1F
2-12-12 Kanda Sudacho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
1 minute from Iwamoto-cho Station, Exit A1 (Toei Shinjuku Line)
10 minutes from JR Akihabara Station
Four minutes from JR Kanda Station
Weekdays: 11:00 am to 10:00 pm (Final order 9:30 pm)
Weekends and public holidays: 11:00 am to 9:00 pm (Final order 8:30 pm)
Ie-kei ramen was a brainchild of the proprietor of Yoshimura-ya, a ramen joint in Yokohama in Kanagawa Prefecture. Having labored as a long-distance truck driver, his journeys up and down the nation made him begin daydreaming about combining Kyushu’s well-known tonkotsu ramen and Tokyo’s equally well-known soy sauce ramen, which then led to its delivery.
To make the ‘pork bone soy sauce’ that lends the dish its attribute style, a hen and pork bone inventory is used as a base. Soy sauce is then combined in, and to that, thick straight noodles are added, together with toppings of spinach, char siu, and roasted seaweed. It’s the mixture of all these components that make it a style in its personal proper, and I’ve completely little doubt that this could go properly with rice.
Yokohama Iekei Samurai (Shibuya Department)
As a matter of reality, the earlier TOM workplace was close to this ramen place, which is why I typically went on my lunch break. Their famed pork broth soy sauce strikes a very good stability between the buttery, thick pork bone broth and the soy sauce that isn’t overly salty. Then the depth of the hen lard follows, lending a special form of taste to the dish.
Their noodles are barely thick, however nonetheless agency and springy. You possibly can select to tweak your order to your preferences right here as properly, in response to how wealthy you’d just like the soup (wealthy, regular, mild), the quantity of fats within the soup (extra, regular, much less), and the way agency you’d just like the noodles (agency, regular, mushy).
One of many options of Ie-kei ramen can be how the boiled spinach is cooked simply sufficient so it nonetheless has a very good chew, and in contrast to different types of ramen, there are all the time Three items of roasted seaweed.
However above all, I’m going to allow you to in on one of the best ways to dig right into a steaming bowl of ramen at Samurai! Are you prepared? First, order rice along with your ramen. Then, seize a number of items of the pickled cucumbers from the container that’s all the time on the counter and put them in your rice. Add your most well-liked quantity of toubanjan (broad bean chilli paste). Then, wrap a mouthful of that with a chunk of seaweed that’s gone delightfully soggy along with your soup and feast! It’s significantly so darn good that you simply’re not going to have the ability to maintain again! It’s been a while, however perhaps I’ll make a visit to Samurai quickly!
Yokohama Iekei Samurai (Shibuya Department)
3-15-2 Shibuya, Shibuya-ku
10 minutes from Shibuya Station, South Exit
Monday/Thursday/Friday: 11:00 am to three:00 pm/6:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Tuesday/Wednesday: 11:00 am to 4:00 pm
Weekends and public holidays: 11:00 am to six:00 pm
8. Tsukemen (Dipping Noodles)
Image this: a mouthful of chilled noodles dipped into broth, heady with the wealthy flavors of meat and seafood. Although it’s totally different out of your common bowl of ramen, tsukemen continues to be thought-about a kind of ramen. On the entire, the soup (or the dipping sauce) is denser and stronger in taste than your common ramen broth, however as with different types of ramen, there are numerous variations to it. There are locations that play with ranges of acidity or sweetness, and even with including fish meal to their inventory. Many locations provide thicker noodles, and you’ll even order what is named ‘atsu-mori,’ that are heat noodles.
As for garnishes, you may count on the standard ramen toppings: items of roasted seaweed, char siu, fermented bamboo shoots, and soft-boiled eggs simply to call a number of. Some locations even prime the entire scrumptious bowl with some wasabi or yuzu zest! As a ramen-lover, I initially considered tsukemen as blasphemy once I first had it, however now I’m a die-hard fan!
Tsukemen Enji (Kichijoji Fundamental Department)
The soup is fragrant from the depth of the seafood and pork bone broth as a base, layered with sweetness from vegetable inventory. Someway, it manages to be bursting with taste and refreshing on the identical time, wealthy with out weighing you down. I’m going to be sincere and let you know that the primary time I ate at Enji, that freshness actually shocked me. This soup sticks to the bouncy noodles properly, and actually, when you’ve had one mouthful, your chopsticks are going to be again for extra earlier than you even realise! Oh, proper, you additionally get a selection of three varieties of noodles at Enji: common wheat noodles, thicker, springier ones, and sprouted wheat ones. I positively suggest the sprouted wheat noodles!
Only a minute’s stroll from Kichijoji Station Park Exit! With the park so close by, you may take the time to chill out there earlier than strolling over for some meals. Inside there are solely counter seats, so be ready to get cozy with a few of your fellow restaurant-goers. The inside is stylish although, so even when you’re a girl in search of solo ramen adventures, it’s not formidable to dine alone at Enji.
Oh, I forgot to say get pleasure from tsukemen! In case you end your noodles and have soup left over, it is best to completely strive thinning it out with some fish broth (dashi). There can be a pot on the counter stuffed with dashi, and I like to recommend including some to your soup. With out a shadow of doubt, it’ll be scrumptious, however it’ll even be soul-warming. When you’ve got the prospect, strive it!
Tsukemen Enji (Kichijoji Fundamental Department)
Nanyou Constructing 1F
1-1-1 Kichijoji Minamicho, Musashino-shi, Tokyo
1 minute from Kichijoji Station, Park Exit (JR Line, Keio Line)
Weekdays: 11:00 am to 4:00 pm, 5:30 pm to 10:00 pm (Final order)
Weekends and public holidays: 11:00 am to 10:00 pm (Final order)
Vegan ramen is a really wholesome kind of ramen that’s made with out utilizing any animal merchandise or animal-derivative merchandise like eggs, dairy merchandise or honey. As an alternative, it makes use of components like greens and seaweed. It attracts out the flavour of the components and it’s additionally good that it’s simple on the physique and isn’t too heavy on the abdomen. Within the place of inventory created from pork bones and seafood, eating places use a wide range of meals like shitake mushrooms, kelp, and greens. Instead of the char siu, so many various locations have provide you with creative methods of topping their noodles that it may be enjoyable to make a day of visiting a number of shops to see how all of them do it.
The eye to element in Soranoiro is unimaginable! Let’s speak concerning the soup first. They’ve taken dried meals like kelp, and paired it with greens comparable to tomatoes and broccoli with the intention to make what they name a Veggie Broth. Then, utilizing gluten-free soy sauce, they’ve created a clear soup that’s scrumptious and totally clear on the palate. At this level, it wouldn’t be an overstatement to name it artwork. The noodles are created from brown rice flour and are utterly gluten-free. It seems like my ramen horizons are going to be broadened!