Posted by Tokyo Joe on 10.2012 Ramen 0 comments 0 trackback
六厘舎 outside
Taishoken created tsukemen and is probably the most well known tsukemen shop, but the most popular with the longest wait is ROKURINSHA right under Tokyo station.

六厘舎 tsukemen
Rokurinsha's owner actually worked/trained at Taishoken, but his broth and noodles are different from Taishoken's.

六厘舎 men
Noodles are a bit thicker than Taishoken's

六厘舎 tsuke
and the broth is richer and thicker in texture, but the biggest difference is gyofun (dry fish powder) added when serving tsukemen. Rokurinsha(s owner came up with this idea and many trukemen/ramen shops all over Japan have added this technique. (Its the brown powder, you see in this picture)

六厘舎 dip
Just like any tsukemen, just dip the noodles into the broth and dig in.

六厘舎 ramen
Of course, they offer ramen as well, but 99% of customers order tsukemen.

六厘舎 asatsuke
The biggest difference from their old shop is that they serve ASATSUKEN (breakfast tsukemen) for 630 yen as well. The broth is lighter than what they serve during lunch/dinner hours with no gyofun on top.

六厘舎 asamen
and noodles are a little thinner and portions are smaller than whats served during the day time.

六厘舎 set
They offer ASATSUKE SET (continental Japanese breakfast menu with tsukemen) for 810 yen, which comes with rice, natto, raw egg, pickles and several other dishes.

六厘舎 curry
You can add curry on your rice as well, if you stomach is strong enough to take it.

六厘舎 inside
Rokkurinsha use to have a shop in Osaki in a residential area, but more than 300 people waited outside the shop, which created tension between home owners and they eventually closed the shop. After about a year of hiatus, The wait is not as bad as their original shop, but it could get crazy at times. They recently opened a shop in Osaki again, renting a large room where customers can wait and don't need to create a line outside of the shop.

六厘舎 outside 1

Address: 1-9-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
(Tokyo Station Ichibangai Basement Floor inside Tokyo Ramen Street)
(in Japanese, 東京都千代田区丸の内1-9-1 東京駅一番街 B1F 東京ラーメンストリート内)
Nearest train station: JR & Tokyo Metro Tokyo (2 min walk)
Tel: 03-3286-0166
Reservations: No
Website: http://rokurinsha.com/ (in Japanese only)
English menu: No
Credit Card: No
Open: 7:30am-9:45am, 11am-10pm
Closed: None

Prices: Tsukemen 850 yen
Atsumori 850 yen
Karatsu (Spicy tsykemen) 950 yen
Chukasoba (Ramen) 700 yen
Other Ramens & Tsukemens from 680 yen

Toppings: Butanose (Extra boiled pork slices) 300 yen
Butahogushi (Broken boiled pork) 150 yen
Ajitama (Seasoned boiled egg) 100 yen
Menma (Seasoned bamboo shoots) 100 yen
Namatamago (Raw egg) 50 yen
Oomori (Extra large noodles) 100 yen
Asatsuke (Morning tsukemen) 630 yen
Asatsuke Set (Morning tsukemen with rice, natto, egg) 810 yen

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DO・MI SO (Kyobashi)

Posted by Tokyo Joe on 07.2012 Ramen 0 comments 0 trackback
ど・みそ outside
There aren't many ramen shops which specialize in miso ramen and its difficult to find
one that's delicious, But over the last couple of years several exceptional miso ramen have opened. One of them is DO・MI SO at Kyobashi.

ど・みそ tokumiso kotteri
Do・Mi So's miso ramen uses more lard than normal miso ramen. It is also saltier and broth thicker as well. Their most popular ramen is TOKU MISO KOTTERI RAMEN (Special oily miso ramen) for 900 yen. It has boiled bean sprout, corn, egg and also extra chashu (boiled pork), 2 pieces of nori (dry seaweed). It is not oily as it says it is and extra rich in flavor.

ど・みそ noodle
Noodles are thick and wavy.

ど・みそ miso kotteri
If you don't need extra chashu, nori and boiled egg, there is MISO KOTTERI RAMEN (Oily miso ramen) for 750 yen.

ど・みそ orochon
If you want to go spicy, try MISO OROCHON RAMEN (Spicy Mmso ramen) for 1,000 yen. Its not as spicy as it looks and much milder than shops like Nakamoto.

ど・みそ miso curry
They have miso ramen with curry powder in it called MISO CURRY RAMEN for 1,000 yen.

ど・みそ tokumiso curry tsuke
If you prefer tsukemen try TOKU MISO TSUKEMEN for 1,000 yen.

ど・みそ inside 1
I would recommend to order Toku Miso Kotteri Ramen if its your first time at dining here. They have several other locations in Tokyo and as any popular ramen shop during lunch time, there is a line of people waiting to get inside.

ど・みそ inside 2

DO・MI SO (in Japanese, ど・みそ)
Address: 3-4-32 Kyobashi, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
(in Japanese, 東京都中央区京橋3-4-3)
Nearest train station: Tokyo Metro Kyobashi or Ginza 1-chome (2 min walk)
Tel: 03-6904-3700
Reservations: No
Website: http://blog.livedoor.jp/do_miso/ (in Japanese only)
English menu: No
Credit Card: No
Open: Monday-Friday 11am-10:30pm Saturday 11am-9mm Sunday & Hoiday 12pm-9pm
Closed: Undecided

Prices: Toku Miso Kotteri Ramen (Special oily miso ramen) 900 yen
Toku Miso Ramen (Special miso ramen) 900 yen
Miso Orochon Ramen (Spicy Miso ramen) 1000 yen
Miso Curry Ramen 1000 yen
Miso Tsukemen 880 yen
Miso Ramen 750 yen
Miso Kotteri Ramen (Oily miso ramen) 750 yen
Other ramens 800-1000 yen
Rice 100 yen
Han Rice (Half size of regular rice) 50 yen
Beer 350 yen

Toppings: Chashu (5 slices of boiled Pork) 300 yen
Kara Negi (Seasoned spicy white scallions) 150 yen
Yudetamago (Boiled egg) 50 yen
Butter, Corn, Moyashi (Bean sprout), Nori (Dry Seaweed), Men Oomori (Large noodles) 100 yen each

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MUTEPPOU (Numabukuro)

Posted by Tokyo Joe on 03.2012 Ramen 0 comments 0 trackback
無鉄砲 outside
When you think of food from Kyoto, most Japanese people think that its light and not salty, but when it comes to ramen its totally the opposite. Its heavy, oily and tasty. A ramen shop from Kyoto opened in Tokyo a couple of years ago and it has gotten many people addicted. This ramen shop is MUTEPPOU at Numabukuro.

無鉄砲 soup mix
Muteppou's broth is made of pork bones and water only. It is boiled until the bones are completely crushed and the chef is constantly mixing the bones or broth using a huge stainless steel stick.

無鉄砲 とんこつラーメン
The regular ramen and most popular one is TONKOTSU RAMEN (Pork bone broth ramen) for 750 yen. It has couple of slices of chashu (boiled pork) and large portion of Kujyonegi (Spring onions of Kujyo, Kyoto) on top. The broth is extra thick and rich and different from Hakata-style Tonkotsu ramen.

無鉄砲 ノーマルの中太麺
Noodles are medium thick and wavy, and just like Hakata-style tonkotsu ramen,

無鉄砲 替え玉の細麺
you can have KAEDAMA (Extra noodles) for 100 yen, but this time the noodles are thin like Hakata-style tonokotsu ramen

無鉄砲 あっさり魚スープ
When you are done eating your noodles, you can add either ASSARI SAKANA SOUP (clear fish soup) which makes the broth milder

無鉄砲 追いスープ とんこつ
or more TONKOTSU SOUP (Pork bone broth) to your broth. This additional broth is an original of Mutteppou.

無鉄砲 ライス
Some people add rice to the broth and make rice gruel to enjoy all of the soup.

無鉄砲 ごま、紅しょうが、辛し高菜、しょうゆにんにく
Just like Hakata-style tonokotsu ramen, you can add roasted sesame, benishoga (pickled ginger), karashi takana(spicy takana pickles) and soy sauce, if you like to your ramen

無鉄砲 ネギもおかわり
You can also order addtional Kujyonegi (Spring onions of Kujyo, Kyoto) for 200 yen. Kujyonegi is sweeter than regular spring onions, which makes the broth mild as well.

無鉄砲 魚正油ラーメン
If Tonkotsu ramen is too heavy for you, they also have lighter ramen, SAKANA SHOYU RAMEN (Pork bone & fish broth ramen) for 750 yen. The broth is a mix of pork and clear fish broth.

無鉄砲 ギョーザ
If you want to order any side dishes, their GYOZA for 400 yen are pretty good as well.

無鉄砲 inside
Muteppou is located at Numabukuro, which you take the Seibu Shinjuku line from Shinjuku and once getting off the train its still a good 8 minute walk from the station. When famous ramen shops outside of Tokyo open a shop in Tokyo, they usually open one at or near a big train station. But Muteppou decided to open it in a middle class residential area far away from the nearest train station, and even without any publicity it still became one of the busiest ramen shops in Tokyo. Since its heavy and oily this ramen is not for everyone, but if you wanna try something different, check Muteppou out.

無鉄砲 壁

MUTEPPOU (in Japanese, 無鉄砲)
Address: 4-5-1 Ekoda, Nakano-ku, Tokyo
(in Japanese, 東京都中野区江古田4-5-1)
Nearest train station: Seibu Shinjuku Line Numabukuro (8 min walk)
Tel: 03-5380-6886
Reservations: No
Website: http://www.muteppou.com/ (in Japanese only)
English menu: No
Credit Card: No
Open: 11am-3pm, 6pm-11pm (will closed early when sold out)
Closed: Monday

Prices: Tonkotsu Ramen (Pork bone broth ramen) 750 yen
Sakana Shoyu Ramen (Pork bone & fish broth ramen) 750 yen
Tonkotsu Chashumen (Pork Bone Broth Ramen with extra chashu) 1,000 yen
Gyoza 400 yen
Other Ramens & Tsukemens from 680 yen
Ohmori (Large noodele) 100 yen
Kaedama (Extra noodle) 100 yen
Rice 250 yen
Rice Chu (Medium size rice) 100 yen

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HARUKIYA (Ogikubo)

Posted by Tokyo Joe on 11.2012 Ramen 0 comments 0 trackback
春木屋 outside
Ogikubo was once called the ramen center of Tokyo because of two famous shops that any ramen freak knows. One of them closed several years ago which actually was my favorite ramen shop, but the one that is still around HARUKIYA has survived for over 60 years and is still one of busiest ramen shops with people waiting in line all the time. It was also one of the ramen shops that was featured on the famous ramen movie of the 80's, Tanpopo.

春木屋 inside 1
Harukiya opened in 1949. The late owner/chef Imamura was originally a soba chef, but since it was right after World War II, he couldn't get a hold of good buckwheat only regular floor. So he decided to open a ramen shop instead without any proper training.

春木屋 中華そば
Harukiya's ramen is a shoyu ramen (soy sauce ramen) and from noodles to menma (bamboo shoot) its all homemade. It is one of the first ramen shops to use niboshi (dried sardines) for its broth. He got the idea of using niboshi from soba broth. The ramen is very simple and has authentic Tokyo style toppings. Spring onions, menma, chashu (boiled pork) and nori (dried seaweed). But the soup isn't since niboshi is not used for most of the authentic Tokyo style ramen broths. Regular ramen is called CHUKASOBA at Harukiya for 800 yen.

春木屋 麺は中太ちぢれでもっちり系
Noodles are rather thick, but not extra thick and are wrinkled by hand.

春木屋 めんま
Their menma is my favorite of all the ramen shops and I always order extra.

春木屋 チャーシュー麺
They also have other ramens like CHASHUMEN (ramen with extra boiled pork) for 1,300 yen,

春木屋 ワンタン麺
WONTONMEN (ramen with wonton) for 1,200 yen,

春木屋 つけ麺
and recently they added TSUKEMEN for 900 yento their menu.

春木屋 味玉
They also have toppings like AJITSUKE TAMAGO (Flavored boiled egg) for 100 yen.

春木屋 inside
Harukiya was my late parents favorite ramen shop and since its been open for over 60 yrs many people like me have come here to eat with their parents or family. Since I don't live near by anymore I don't get to go here as much as I want to, but it will always be one of my favorite ramen shops with many memories.

春木屋 menu

HARUKIYA (in Japanese, 春木屋)
Address: 1-4-6 Kamiogi, Suginami-ku, Tokyo
(in Japanese, 東京都杉並区上荻1-4-6)
Nearest train station: JR & Tokyo Metro Ogikubo (2 min walk)
Tel: 03-3391-4868
Reservations: No
Website: http://www.haruki-ya.co.jp/ (in Japanese only)
English menu: No
Credit Card: No
Open: Monday-Saturday 11am-9:20pm Sunday & Holiday 11am-9pm
Closed: None

Prices: Chukasoba (Ramen) 800 yen
Wontonmen (Ramen with wonton) 1,200 yen
Chashumen (Ramen wtih chashu) 1,300 yen
Tsukemen (Cold noodles with hot ramen soup) 900 yen
Wonton Soup 800 yen
Ohmori (Large noodles) 200 yen extra
Ajitsuke Tamago (Flavored boiled egg) 100 yen
Menma Kobachi (Extra Bamboo shoot) 100 yen
Negi Kobachi (Extra spring onion) 100yen

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NANTSUTTEI (Shinagawa)

Posted by Tokyo Joe on 18.2012 Ramen 1 comments 0 trackback
なんつッ亭 outside
Ramen in Kyushu is different by each prefecture, but one thing in common is that they mainly use pork bone for broth. In Kumamoto, they use a black oil called Mahyu to add flavor to the ramen which is made out of fried garlic and pork lard. This mahyu is the sign of Kumamoto ramen and one of the most well known ramen shops which uses this is NANTSUTTEI at Shinagawa.

Nantsuttei's owner worked at one of the most famous ramen shops in Kumamoto for several years. After he finished training, he opened his own shop in Kanagawa. He didn't copy the entire recipe from his master, which he could have, but instead created his own Kumamoto style ramen. This ramen has become one of the most popular ramen's in all of Japan now. Ramen for 700 yen which comes with 2 slices of chashu, boiled bean sprouts, spring onions, and nori (dried seaweed) on top.

The noodles are rather thin compared to other Kumamoto ramen, but it marches with the broth.

You can add various toppings like extra Negi (spring onions) for 100 yen,

or if you want it all, there is NANTSUTTEI SPECIAL (Ramen with extra chashu, negi & boiled egg).

Most customers order regular ramen add toppings or Nantsuttei Special, but they do have other flavored ramens like WAFU TONKOTSU TSUKEMEN (Cold noodles with dried fished flavored pork soup) for 780 yen,

or if you want spicy ramen there is MOURETSU TANMEN HANAJIBOO (Spicy ramen with stir fried vegetables) for 800 yen,

or a really heavy ramen, BOKU NO SORA (Ramen with dried fished based soup added to regular ramen soup) for 780 yen.

They also have side dishes like gyoza named FUUFU ENMAN GYOZA for 380 yen,

and if you want some rice, there is HANBUTA MANMA (Boiled pork & spring onions over rice, half size) for 250 yen,

or HITOKUCHI MESHI (Small rice) for 100 yen, which you can add to the soup after finish eating the noodles.

They have a garlic crusher on the table so you can add fresh garlic to your ramen if you like, which most customers do.

なんつッ亭 inside 2
Nantsuttei has become one of the most famous ramen shops in Japan now because the owner is often on ramen TV programs. Because of this, ramen lovers from all over Japan come to eat at Nantsuttei and most of them leave satisfied They have another location in Ikebukuro and also in Singapore as well.

NANTSUTTEI (in Japanese, なんつッ亭)
Address: 3-26-20 Takanawa, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Right outside of Shinagawa station in a small area where 7 ramen shops are.
(in Japanese, 東京都港区高輪3-26-20)
Nearest train station: JR or Keikyu Shinagawa (1 min walk)
Tel: 03-5791-1355
Reservations: No
Website: http://www.nantsu.sakura.ne.jp/nantsuttei/shop/shinagawa.html (in Japanese only)
English menu: None
Credit Card: No
Open: 11am-11pm
Closed: January 1st

Prices: Ramen 700 yen
Chashumen 900 yen
Negi Ramen 900 yen
Shio Ramen 850 yen
Nantsuttei Special (Ramen with extra Chashu, Negi & Boiled Egg)
Boku No Sora (Ramen with dried fished based soup added to regular ramen soup)
Mouretsu Tanmen Hanajiboo (Spicy ramen with stir fried vegetables) 800 yen
Wafu Tonkotsu Tsukemen ( Cold noodles with mix of dried fished and pork soup) 780 yen
Fuufu Enman Gyoza (Pan fried dupplings...Gyoza) 380 yen
Butamanma (Boiled pork over rice) 380 yen
Han Butamanma (Boiled pork & spring onions over rice, half size) 250 yen
Meshi (Rice) 180 yen
Hitokuchi Meshi (Small rice) 100 yen
Oomori Meshi (Large rice) 280 yen
Ajitsuke Tamago (Marinated boiled egg) 100 yen
Nori (Dry Seaweed) 100 yen
Oomori (Large Noodles) additional 100 yen for every ramen

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DUE ITALIAN (Ichigaya)

Posted by Tokyo Joe on 01.2011 Ramen 0 comments 0 trackback
due Italian outside
A ramen shop with an Italian name sounds strange, but owner/chef of Due Italian was an Italian chef before becoming a ramen chef. When he quit his job at an Italian restaurant, he trained/worked under a famous ramen chef who has his shop in Yokohama. After a year working at his restaurant, he opened DUE ITALIAN at Ichigaya.

due Italian 具だくさんの塩らぁ麺
The ramen shop he worked at is known for not using any MSG and its Shoyu ramen (soy sauce flavor ramen). So, when he opened his own shop, he decided to open a SHIO RAMEN (Salt ramen) shop and added his Italian background to it. 780 yen for a regular shio ramen and if you want a soft boiled egg and extra chashu (boiled pork) in it like the above, its 1,000 yen.

due Italian 具だくさんの塩らぁ麺(スープ)
The clear broth is almost a golden color and he named it OOGON-NO SHIO RAMEN, which means golden shio ramen.

due Italian らぁ麺フロマージュ
The other ramens here all have an Italian influence which you will not find at any other ramen shop like RAMEN FROMAGE for 980 yen. Its Shio ramen with cheese. The cheese is a mix of gorgonzola and cream cheese.

due Italian カルボナーラ
When you eat the cheese and noodles together, it looks like you are eating carbonara pasta.

due Italian 後からやってくるご飯(発芽玄米)
It also comes with rice.

due Italian リゾット
Add it to the soup after finishing the noodles and this looks like you are having a cheese risotto.

due Italian 冷製トマト麺 赤
They also have REISEI ITALIA MEN AKA (Cold cherry tomato ramen) for 1,200 yen.

due Italian 冷製トマト麺 赤 1
This ramen is somewhere between ramen and Italian, but it is surprisingly delicious.

due Italian 具だくさんの醤油らぁ麺
They also have SHOYU RAMEN as well now.

due Italian サービスライス
And during lunch time, all ramens come with a free bowl of rice

due Italian inside
Some Japanese people think that Due Italian's ramen is a bit strange since cheese and tomatoes are used in it, but if you try their regular Shio ramen its as normal and good as any Shio ramen in Tokyo. So, try the Shio ramen first, if you enjoyed it then move on to the Italian influenced ramens, which are all very good as well.

Due Italian (in Japanese, ドゥ・イタリアン)
Address: 4-5-11 Kudan-Minami, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
(in Japanese, 東京都千代田区九段南4-5-11)
Nearest train station: JR, Tokyo Metro & Toei Subway Ichigaya (5 min walk)
Tel: 03-3221-6970
Reservations: Yes
Website: http://dueitalian.media-sp.jp/index.html (in Japanese only)
English menu: None
Credit Card: No
Open: Monday-Friday 11am-3pm 5pm-10pm (will close earlier when soldout)
Saturday & Sunday 11am-7pm (will close earlier when soldout)
Closed: None

Prices: Shio Ramen (Salt ramen) 780 yen
Reisei Italiamen Aka (Cold small tomato ramen) 1,200 yen
Ramen Fromage (Salt ramen with cheese) 980 yen
Other ramens 780-1,200 yen
Ohmori (Extra large noodles) 100 yen additional
Toppings from 100 yen

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SAPPORO JUNREN (Takadanobaba)

Posted by Tokyo Joe on 25.2011 Ramen 0 comments 0 trackback
Miso Ramen was invented in Sapporo in the late 50's. As you might know Sapporo is real cold during the winter and people warmed up by eating Miso ramen and the most famous Miso ramen shop in all of Japan is JUNREN, which opened a shop at Takadanobaba about 10 years ago. Before Takadanobaba besides their original shop in Sapporo, they had a shop at Yokohama Ramen Museum for several years. It was the most popular shop among all the ramen shops there with an average wait of one hour.

Junren's signature ramen is MISO RAMEN. By many ramen freaks, its been voted the best Miso ramen for the last 10 years and I have to agree with them cause I only eat Miso ramen here and no Miso ramen comes close to Junren's.

The noodles are different from the noodles you find in Tokyo or other areas of Japan. They are egg noodles with very limited water used when mixed, which makes the noodle very hard even if you boil it for a long time.

They also have SHOYU RAMEN (Soy sauce ramen) which some of my friends prefer more than Miso Ramen,

Then there is SHIO RAMEN (Salt ramen) which is the least popular among the three. Miso, Shoyu, Shio ramen are all for 850 yen.

さっぽろ純連kara miso
KARAMISO RAMEN (Spicy miso ramen) for 950 yen is only available at this shop only, not at the main shop in Sapporo.

さっぽろ純連miso corn  butter
There are various additional toppings such as BUTTER, CORN,

さっぽろ純連miso egg
and the most popular is HANJUKU TAMAGO (Soft boiled egg) for 100 yen each.

If you want to eat some rice, there is CHAHAN (Fried Rice) for 700 yen,

さっぽろ純連chamayo don
and also CHAMAYO DON (Roast Pork Mayo over Rice) for 250 yen.

The first time I had Junren's Miso ramen was 23 years ago at Sapporo. I've had Miso Ramen in the past, but Junren's was so different from what I had in Tokyo. It was rich in flavor, a bit salty and the soup was covered with a thin layer of hot lard, which keeps the soup warm until you finish drinking the very last drop. I actually burned my lips and tongue since no one explained to me how hot the soup was, so be careful when you drink the soup.

SAPPORO JUNREN (in Japanese, さっぽろ純連)
Address: 3-12-8 Takadanobaba, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
(in Japanese, 東京都新宿区高田馬場3-12-8)
Nearest train station: JR or Tokyo Metro Takadanobaba (6 min walk)
Tel: 03-5338-8533
Reservations: No
Website: http://www.junren.co.jp/ (in Japanese only)
English menu: None
Credit Card: No
Open: 8am-11pm
Closed: None

Prices: Miro Ramen 850 yen
Shoyu Ramen 850 yen
Shio Ramen 850 yen
Karamiso Ramen (Spicy Miso Ramen) 950 yen
Chahan (Fried Rice) 700 yen
Chamayo Don (Roast Pork Mayo over Rice) 250 yen
Large Noodles additional 50 yen
Extra Chashu (Boiled Pork) 200 yen
Butter 100 yen
Corn 100 yen
Menma (Bamboo Shoot) 120 yen
Hanjyu Tamago (Soft boiled egg) 100yen

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IPPUDO (Ebisu)

Posted by Tokyo Joe on 09.2011 Ramen 0 comments 0 trackback
一風堂 outside2
At Fukuoka, people only eat Tonkotsu (Pork bone soup) Ramen. 25 years ago, you had to go to Fukuoka to have some, but now its available all over Tokyo and the most famous Tonkotsu ramen shop in all of Japan is IPPUDO which has multiple locations in Tokyo. Ippudo became famous because it won the grand prize at a ramen competition TV program about 15 years ago. They originally had only one shop in Fukuioka, but now they have over 50 shops through out Japan and also in Singapore, Hong Kong, Los Angeles, New York.

一風堂 白丸元味
Compared to other Tonkotsu ramen shops, Ippudo uses original names for their ramens and they are also a little different from others. The basic ramen at Ippudo is called Shiromaru Motoaji (Original Simple Ramen) for 750 yen. Unlike other Tonkotsu ramen's its not as oily and the smell of pork is limited.

一風堂 赤丸新味
My favorite is AKAMARU KASANEAJI (Rich Flavor Ramen) for 850 yen. It has Mayu (fried garlic oil) & red pepper paste in it, but its not spicy at all.

一風堂 からか麺
Other ramens are KARAKA MEN (Spicy ramen) for 850 yen,

一風堂 本店かさね味
HONTEN KASANEAJI (Mildly flavored ramen) for 850 yen,

一風堂 つけ麺
and also TSUKEMEN for 880 yen.

一風堂 博多ひとくち餃子
They have GYOZA for 420 yen (Fukuoka gyoza's are 1/3 of the size of regular gyoza's),

一風堂 明太子ごはん
and also METAIKO GOHAN (Rice with Season Cod Roe) for 280 yen, which you can only find at Fukuoka style Tonkotsu ramen shops.

一風堂 inside2
The portion of noodles are about half the size of normal ramen. Because of this people order extra noodle, which is called KAEDAMA for 100 yen. You can also choose how hard/soft you want your noodles cooked. Ippudo is family friendly, young staff, great service, clean, modern and taste good for almost everyone. So if you wanna try Tonkotsu ramen for the first time, I highly recommend to try out Ippudo and then try other shops. It has kind of become the standard of Hakata style Tonkotsu ramen for most people in Japan.

IPPUDO (in Japanese, 一風堂)
Address: 1-3-13 Hiroo, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
(in Japanese, 東京都渋谷区広尾1-3-13)
Nearest train station: JR & Tokyo Metro Ebisu (5 min walk)
Tel: 03-5420-2225
Reservations: No
Website: http://www.ippudo.com/ (in Japanese only)
English menu: Yes
Credit Card: No
Open: Monday-Saturday 11am-4am, Sunday & Holidays 11am-2am
Closed: None

Prices: Akamaru Kasaneaji (Rich Flavor Ramen) 850 yen
Shiromaru Motoaji (Original Simple Ramen) 750 yen
Ippudo Karakamen (Spicy Ramen) 850 yen
Honten Kasaneaji (Mildly Flavor Ramen) 850 yen
Tsukemen 880 yen
Kaedama (Extra Noodle) 150 yen
Gyoza 420 yen
Mentaiko Gohan (Rice with Season Cod Roe) 280 yen

Toppings: Zenbunose (Everything) 300 yen
Chashu (Roast Pork) 200 yen
Negi (Green Onions) 100 yen
Tamago (Half Boiled Egg) 100 yen
Nori (Dried Seaweed) 100 yen
Mentaiko (Season Cod Roe) 200 yen

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BIGIYA (Gakugei-Daigaku)

Posted by Tokyo Joe on 22.2011 Ramen 0 comments 0 trackback
bigiya shop 2
Many new ramen shops which opened in the last few years have been only using organic ingredients and also not using MSG. It is difficult to creative great ramen without MSG, since MSG gives you umami (deep flavor). Most shops are always missing umami and leave customers unsatisfied, but BIGIYA at Gakugei-Daigaku is one of the few ramen shops which creates great ramen soup without using MSG.

bigiya ingredients
The owner of Bigiya worked/trained at Setagaya group, which is known for not using MSG and has over 10 stores in Tokyo and also one in New York. I wasn't a fan of any of Setagaya group's ramen shops since for me, the soup was always missing umami. So when I heard of the opening of Bigiya, I had some doubt that the ramen will be similar to Setagaya group, but I was wrong. Unlike most ramen shops, there is a list of what they use and where its from at every table.

bigiya ramen
Bigiya's menu is pretty simple. SHOYU RAMEN (Soy Sauce Ramen) for 700 yen, which has some Menma, Chashu, and Green Onion on top and

bigiya tsukemen
SHOYU TSUKEMEN (Soy Sauce Tsukemen) for 750 yen. The noodles for Tsukemen are a little thicker than ramen, but it is still thin compared to other tsukemen's.

bigiya tamago
You can add HANJYUKU AJITUKE TAMAGO (Seasoned Soft Boiled Egg) for 100 yen, extra CHASHU (Roast Pork) for 250 yen and OHMORI (extra noodles) for 100 yen.

bigiya konbu
They have side dishes like KONBU GOHAN (Seasoned Kelp over rice) for 150 yen

bigiya shiraru
and KAMAAGE SHIRASU GOHAN (Boiled Whitebait over rice) for 300 yen, which I always order with ramen.

bigiya inside
Since Gakugei-Daigaku is a residential area, which is 7 minutes away from Shibuya by train, most customers are usually locals living near Bigiya, but you do see ramen freaks from all over Japan as well taking pictures of the ramen and shop. If you like Shoyu ramen without any MSG in it, Bigiya is one of the few places I can recommend.

bigiya kenbaiki

BIGIYA (in Japanese, びぎ屋)
Address: 2-4-9 Takaban, Meguro-ku, Tokyo
(in Japanese, 東京都目黒区鷹番2-4-9)
Nearest train station: Tokyu Toyoko Line Gakugei-Daigaku (5 min walk)
Tel: 03-5722-1669
Reservations: No
Website: http://www.bigiya.com/ (in Japanese only)
English menu: No
Credit Card: No
Open: 11am-2:30pm, 6pm-9pm (will close early when soldout)
Closed: Tuesday

Prices: Shoyu Ramen (Soy Sauce Ramen) 700 yen
Shoyu Ramen Hanjyuku Ajitsuke Tamago Iri (Soy Sauce Ramen with Seasoned Half Boiled Egg) 800 yen
Shoyu Ramen Chashu Mashi (Soy Sauce Ramen with Roast Pork) 950 yen
Shoyu Tsukemen (Shoyu Tsukemen) 750 yen
Shoyu Tsukemen Hanjyuku Tamago Iri (Soy Sauce Tsukemen with Seasoned Half Boiled Egg) 850 yen
Shoyu Tsukemen Chashu Mashi (Soy Sauce Tsukemen with Roast Pork) 1,000 yen
Kamaage Shirasu Gohan (Boiled Whitebait over Rice) 300 yen
Konbu Gohan (Seasoned Kelp over Rice) 150 yen
Aburi Chashu Gohan (Roast Pork over Rice) 300 yen

Toppings: Hanjyuku Ajitsuke Tamago (Seasoned Half Boiled Egg) 100 yen
Chashu (Roast Pork) 250 yen

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Posted by Tokyo Joe on 03.2011 Ramen 0 comments 0 trackback
ラーメン二郎 三田本店 outside
Keio University and Waseda University are 2 of the best private universities in Japan and arch rivals as well. (like Cambridge vs Oxforrd, Harvard vs Yale) Two of my former colleagues graduated from Keio and Waseda, They would often talk about which school did better in various sports that year. One day, the Keio graduate was bragging that Keio won almost every sports match that year and Waseda had nothing. The guy who went to Waseda got upset and said "We have more trophies than Keio in total, but the only thing that Keio has and we don't is RAMEN JIRO." I started to laugh, but it was the best example I ever heard about the two schools.

ラーメン二郎 三田本店 inside
Ramen Jiro is in Mita and right next to Keio University. Its been there since early 70's and immediately became popular among Keio students, but 40 years later people who worked under owner/chef Hiromi Yamada have opened their own shop using the name Ramen Jiro in various parts of Kanto region and there are over 40 of them. There are also over 20 people who worked under Yamada not using the name Ramen Jiro, but serving the same type of ramen. And over 100 shops inspired by Ramen Jiro as well. Many Jiro fans enjoy visiting all these shops and they are called JIRORIAN instead of your normal ramen freak.

ラーメン二郎 三田本店 sho
So, what makes Jiro's ramen different from others? Well, many Jirorian's say that Jiro's ramen isn't ramen, its Jiro. First, the soup is made out of mainly pork meat and fat with some vegetables added. The pork fat makes it extra oily. A tablespoon of MSG is added to the soup with soy sauce and Chashu (boiled/roast pork) is called Buta (pork) instead. Yasai (boiled bean sprouts and cabbage) is added on the top.

ラーメン二郎 三田本店 men up
Noodles are extra thick almost like udon.

ラーメン二郎 三田本店 buta double
There is Sho Ramen (Small ramen) 600 yen, Buta-Iri Sho Ramen (Small ramen with extra pork) 700 yen, Buta Double Sho Ramen (Small ramen with double pork) 800 yen, Dai Ramen (Large Ramen) 650 yen, Buta-Iri Dai Ramen (Large ramen with extra pork) 750 yen, Buta Double Dai Ramen (Large ramen with double pork) 850 yen. (The above is Buta Double Sho Ramen)
Portions are huge and even the Sho Ramen is at least double the amount of your average ramen. If its your 1st time at Jiro I would strongly recommend to order a Sho Ramen or Sho Buta-iri Ramen. You can order less noodles or half noodles of Sho Ramen, if you think you can't finish a regular Sho Ramen.
(The above is Buta Double Sho Ramen)

ラーメン二郎 三田本店 garlic
When its ready to serve they will ask you "Ninniku iremasuka" (Do you want chopped fresh garlic added?). You can not only add garlic, but also Yasai, Abura (pork fat), and soy sauce which is called Karame as well. You can also choose the amount you want to add as well which is all free of charge.

ラーメン二郎 三田本店 buta
There is Mashi which is extra (the above is Yasai Mashi)

ラーメン二郎 三田本店 mashi
and Mashi Mashi, which is extra large (the above is everything Mashi Mashi including noodles which isn't free, a 100 yen extra)

ラーメン二郎 三田本店 outside 1
Unless you are lucky the wait at Jiro is minimum 30 min and on a bad day over 2 hrs and also Jiro is not for everyone. The first time, I ever had it I couldn't believe that it was actually ramen and left most of it. But a couple of days later for some reason I wanted to try it again and have been hooked ever since. Its almost like a drug, once you are hooked, its hard to stop. I've only met a few people who enjoyed Jiro from the beginning and my wife was one of them. We both crave for Jiro once a month and although our work schedule won't allow us to go to the one in Mita, we go to one near our house. And I admit that I'm a Jirorian as well. Also, every Jiro shop tastes a little different from one another so find one that you enjoy, but the standard taste is this location. By the way, there is a Jiro near Waseda University now in Takadanobaba.

RAMEN JIRO MITA HONTEN (in Japanese, ラーメン二郎 三田本店)
Address: 2-16-4 Mita, Minato-ku, Tokyo
(in Japanese, 東京都港区三田2-16-4)
Nearest train station: JR Tamachi (10 min walk)
Toden Subway Mita (8 min walk)
Tel: Unavailable
Reservations: No
Website: None
English menu: No
Credit Card: No
Open: 10pm-3pm (final order will be around 2:20pm, so try to get there before 2pm)
Closed: Sunday & Holidays

Prices: Sho Ramen (Small ramen) 600 yen
Buta-Iri Sho Ramen (Small ramen with extra pork) 700 yen
Buta Double Sho Ramen (Small ramen with double pork) 800 yen
Dai Ramen (Large Ramen) 650 yen
Buta-Iri Dai Ramen (Large ramen with extra pork) 750 yen
Buta Double Dai Ramen (Large ramen with double pork) 850 yen

Free Toppings:
Ninniku (Garlic)
Ninniku Mashi (Extra garlic)
Ninnniku Mashi Mashi (Double extra garlic)
Yasai Mashi (Extra vegetables)
Yasai Mashi Mashi (Double extra vegetables)
Abura Mashi (Extra fat)
Abura Mashi Mashi (Double extra fat)
Karame (Extra soy sauce)

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