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SAPPORO JUNREN (Takadanobaba)

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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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