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MOUKO TANMEN NAKAMOTO (Meguro)

Posted by Tokyo Joe on 20.2011 Ramen 0 comments 0 trackback
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Who makes the most spicy, but delicious ramen? Most ramen freaks would agree that MOUKO TANMEN NAKAMOTO does. Nakamoto opened as a Chinese restaurant in 1968 at Itabashi. It closed once in 1998 due to Nakamoro's health, but the current owner Shirane, who was a customer for 20 yrs, visited Nakamoto's house everyday begging him to share the secret recipe and how to cook this one and only spicy ramen. After about a year of commuting to his place, Nakamoto finally gave in. In 2000, Shirane reopened Nakamoto at the same location and has opened 10 other shops in Tokyo since.


mouko tanmen
There are many spicy levels at Nakamoto, but the most standard level and popular one is Mouko Tanmen (Miso Ramen with Spicy Mabo Tofu). The Miso soup itself isn't that spicy, but mabo tofu on top of it is. The noodles are thick and stir fried vegetables and pork are also added. If its your first time at Nakamoto, I would recommend you to order this, but that's if you do like spicy food.


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The 2nd spiciest ramen is Hokkyoku Ramen (Extra Spicy Ramen). As you can see the soup is totally red and tons of Chinese red chili pepper is added. It has some shredded pork in it and boiled bean sprouts on top.


hokkyoku hiyashi
The spiciest ramen is Hiyashi Hokkyoku Ramen (Cold Extra Spicy Ramen). The only difference from Hokkyoku Ramen is that the noodles are cold and comes separately. Since the noodles are cold, I actually think that Hokkyoku Ramen is spicier since it just takes longer to eat hot noodles, but for some reason it says this is the spiciest.


gomoku mouko
My favorite is Gomoku Mouko Tamen (Miso Ramen with Spicy Mabo Tofu & Spicy Pork). Spicy pork and soup of Hokkyoku Ramen is added to Mouko Tamen.


mouko plain tanmen
There are a couple of non spicy ramen's and the most popular one is the clear broth ramen, Tanmen (Non Spicy Ramen).


mouko miso
If you want to enjoy miso ramen, but don't want any spicy mabo tofu in it, order Miso Tanmen (Miso Ramen).


mouko teishoku
If you want some rice and spicy mabo tofu to go along with your ramen, order Teishoku (Small Rice & Small Mabo Tofu, which most Nakamoto freaks do.


mouko pepper
And if you want to make your ramen even spicier there is red chili pepper available on your table as well.


mouko inside
If you can't eat spicy food, I won't recommend you to visit Nakamoto, but if you do it will probably be the best spicy ramen you ever had. Most Nakamoto shops have ramen that are only provided at their shop, so if you enjoy Nakamoto, you might wanna go around and try the original ramen menu of that shop. Other shops are located at Ikebukuro, Shinjuku, Shibuya, Kichijoji, Koenji, Okachimachi, Kameido, Machida, Omiya and Kami-Itabashi.


mouko outside


MOUKO TANMEN NAKAMOTO (in Japanese, 蒙古タンメン中本)
Address: 2-13-45 Kami-Ohsaki, Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo
(in Japanese, 東京都品川区上大崎2-13-45)
Nearest train station: JR & Tokyo Metro Meguro (3 min walk)
Tel: 03-3446-1233
Reservations: No
Website: http://www.moukotanmen-nakamoto.com/ (in Japanese only)
English menu: No
Credit Card: No
Open: Monday-Friday 11am-12am, Saturday-Sunday 10am-12am
Closed: None

Prices: Mouko Tanmen (Miso Ramen with Spicy Mabo Tofu) 770 yen
Miso Tanmen (Miso Ramen) 670 yen
Gomoku Mouko Tamen (Miso Ramen with Spicy Mabo Tofu & Spicy Pork) 850 yen
Hokkyoku Ramen (Extra Spicy Ramen) 800 yen
Hiyashi Hokkyoku Ramen (Cold Extra Spicy Ramen) 770 yen
Tanmen (Non Spicy Ramen) 730 yen
Teishoku (Small Rice & Small Mabo Tofu) 170 yen
Other Ramens & Rice Bowls from 700-950 yen




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