What we love…
- This ramen shop specializes in tsukemen— a bowl of warm noodles served with hot broth on the side. The idea here is to dip your noodles in the broth as you eat them, which helps keep your noodles from overcooking in the hot soup.
- The broth is a proprietary blend of fish, pork, and veggies that's simmered for hours to achieve the savory thick soup. Before they serve you the bowl of broth they add a small seaweed square on top with fish powder, which you can stir into the bowl to further season the complex soup (see broth picture). Extra toppings can be purchased for a tiny fee, try the ajitama egg a hard boiled egg that's been soaked in a delicious bath of ginger, garlic, oil, and soy sauce. Or the buta hogushi, shredded pork.
- The noodles themselves are the main attraction—thick, chewy, and egg flavored, these babies soak up the soup like no other noodle can.
- Since the noodles are fat and long, dipping each bite can create a bit of a mess if you're not a noodle master. Ask the staff for a bib (yeah, it sounds weird but it will save your shirt), don't be embarrassed you'll likely see businesses men who don't want to head to their meeting with splattered shirts tying one on too.
- If you can actually finish the rather large bowl it will keep you full for hours, a huge bonus since the whole meal was under ¥1000, which if you do the math is about $10 USD. Pretty sweet considering how satisfying the meal is.
- This is easily one of the most popular ramen joints in all of Tokyo, which is proven time and time again from the long lineups and minimum 1 hour wait. We know what you're thinking an hour wait for soup? Trust us, it's worth it, and it's one of those things you have to get on board with if you want to eat exceptionally well in this city.
- Tokyo Ramen street as well as Tokyo Skytree both host this awesome ramen shop so you can head to whichever is closer when you get a hankering for noodles.