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TAISHOKEN (Takinogawa)

Posted by Tokyo Joe on 06.2011 Ramen 0 comments 0 trackback
大勝軒 yamagishi
Mr. Yamagishi is called "The God of Ramen" and majority of ramen shop owners will agree he actually is. He invented whats called Tsukemen (dipping cold noodles into hot ramen soup) in 1961 and has shared his recipe with anyone who wanted to work for him or even visit for a couple of hours at his famous shop in Higashi Ikebukuro called Taishoken.


大勝軒 滝野川店outside
One of his first apprentice's opened up a shop not too far away at Takinogawa, which is called Taishoken Takinogawa. Taishoken Takinogawa's soup has a little more punch than its master's, which I personally like better. There are a couple of Taishoken's around where we live, but we always drive 90 min to eat here instead.


大勝軒 滝野川店tsukemen
At all Taishoken's, tsukemen is actually called Morisoba. The soup has some sugar & vinegar in it, which is not common for ramen soup. Also, you can have the noodles hot if you prefer, but most people do order the noodles cold. The portions are huge and at the end they will add some hot broth to your soup so you can drink it all.


大勝軒 滝野川店ramen
Regular ramen is available as well, but 90% of the customers order morisoba. They also have a great side dish called Menma Chashu (seasoned bamboo shoots with roast pork) which we always order and take out.


大勝軒 honten
Taishoken Takinogawa isn't in the most convenient location, so if its your first time to ever have Taishoken's tsukemen, you can try the main shop first at Higashi Ikebukuro or other locations in Roppongi, Shibuya, Ueno, Meguro and etc. Every shop tastes a little different from each other, but if you want a little more punch in your soup, do try Tahishoken Takinogawa, its our favorite location by far.



This is not Takinogawa location, its the Higashi Ikebukuro location featuring Mr. Yamagishi.


TAISHOKEN (in Japanese, 大勝軒)
Address: 2-10-3 Takinogawa, Kita-ku, Tokyo
(in Japanese, 東京都北区滝野川 2-10-3)
Nearest train station: JR Oji (8 min walk),
Toden Takinogawa 1-Chome (2 min walk)
Tel: 03-3940-3860
Reservations: No
Website: http://www.tai-sho-ken.com/shoplist/index.html (in Japanese only)
English menu: No
Credit Card: No
Open: 11:30am-3pm, 5:30pm-9:30pm
Closed: Monday

Prices: Mori Soba (Tsukemen) 700 yen
Mori Yasai (Tsukemen with Stir Fried Vegetables) 950 yen
Mori Chashu (Tsukemen with Roast Pork) 1000 yen
Ramen 700 yen
Chashumen (Ramen with Roast Pork 1000 yen
Other Ramens & Tsukemens 800-1150 yen
Menma Chashu (Seasoned Bamboo Shoots & Roast Pork) 700 yen

Toppings: Marutoku-Iri (2 slices of Roast Pork, Seasoned White Scallions, 1/2 Seasoned Boiled Egg) 350 yen
Chashu (Roast Pork) 230 yen, Ajitsuke Negi (Seasoned White Scallions) 150 yen
Kara Negi Chashu (White Scallions & Roast Pork in Spicy Sauce) 300yen
Nitamago (Seasoned Boiled Egg)
Miso/Corn/Wakame (Soft Seaweed)/Nori (Dry Seaweed)/Menma (Seasoned Bamboo Shoots)...100 yen each
Butter 50 yen




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MOUKO TANMEN NAKAMOTO (Meguro)

Posted by Tokyo Joe on 20.2011 Ramen 0 comments 0 trackback
mouko outside 2
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.


hokkyoku.jpg
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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KIRAKU (Shibuya)

Posted by Tokyo Joe on 13.2011 Ramen 0 comments 0 trackback
kiraku outside
One of the most famous and oldest ramen shops in Shibuya is KIRAKU. It opened in the early 50's, owner/chef was an immigrant from Taiwan.


kiraku ramen
Kiraku's ramen is a soy-sauce flavor ramen with Taiwanese deep fried onions added. These deep fried onions are commonly used for a noodle soup called Tantsumen in Taiwan. At Kiraku they call the normal ramen, Chukamen.


kiraku men up
Kiraku's noodle is a flat egg noodle, which not too many shops used at the time when Kiraku opened.


kiraku wontonmen
Chukamen is the most ordered ramen, but Wontonmen (Wonton Ramen),


kiraku moyashi
Moyashimen (Stir Fried Been Sprout Ramen) are also popular.


kiraku moyashi wonton
If you want both in your ramen, just order Moyashi Wontonmen (Stir Fried Been Sprout & Wonton Ramen).


kiraku gyoza
Their Gyoza (Fried Dupplings) is very tasty as well.


kiraku inside
There are only a few ramen shops, which have been open for over 50 years and Kiraku probably has the biggest following (meaning loyal customers) and is busiest among these shops. The taste hasn't changed since the first time I ate here 30 years ago. If you enjoy soy sauce based ramen and had to pick one ramen shop to eat in Shibuya, it should be Kiraku without any doubt.


kiraku outside2


KIRAKU (in Japanese, 喜楽)
Address: 2-17-8 Dougenzaka, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
(in Japanese, 東京都渋谷区道玄坂2-17-8)
Nearest train station: JR & Tokyo Metro Shiubua (5 min walk)
Tel: 03-3461-2032
Reservations: No
Website: None
English menu: No
Credit Card: No
Open: 11:30am-8:30pm
Closed: Wednesday

Prices: Chukamen (Ramen) 650 yen
Moyashimen (Stir Fried Been Sprout Ramen) 650 yen
Wontonmen (Wonton Ramen) 800 yen
Chashumen (Roast Pork Ramen) 850 yen
Moyashi Wontonmen (Stir Fried Been Sprout & Wonton Ramen) 900 yen
Chashu Wontonmen (Roast Pork & Wonton Ramen) 1000 yen
Chahan (Fried Rice) 750 yen
Chukadon (Chop Suey over Rice) 750 yen
Gyoza (Fried Dupplings) 500 yen
Tamago (Season Boiled Egg) 100 yen
Plain Rice 200 yen
Large Noodle 100 yen extra




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MOCHI MOCHI NO KI (Shinjuku or Okubo)

Posted by Tokyo Joe on 07.2011 Ramen 0 comments 0 trackback
もちもちの木 outside
MOCHI MOCHI NO KI is originally from Shiraoka, Saimata. Their shop in Shinjuku is their only shop in Tokyo, but they do have 7 other shops outside of Tokyo. Its one of my wife's favorite ramen and for me, too. Their soup is a blend of 2 soups. One is made out of chicken, pork, vegetables and the other made out of various dried sardines & dried bonito. It is mixed together in a different pot and boiled until its really hot. (this is called DOUBLE SOUP among ramen freaks) Before pouring this soup into the bowl, a soy sauce based sauce is add and then seasoned boiled oil is added to keep the soup hot until the very last drop. Because this oil is covering noodle and soup, no steam comes out of the soup even though it is very hot.


もちもちの木 ramen3
They only have 2 items. CHUKA SOBA (Ramen) and


もちもちの木 tsukemen3
TSUKEMEN.


もちもちの木 inside
No matter what you order the soup is extremely hot and if you're not careful when drinking it, you will burn your mouth easily. Also, noodles soften faster than normal because of this. We always ask for noodles to be cooked hard (in Japanese, MEN KATAME) because you won't be able to eat it as fast as you normally would and noodles will be extra soft by the time you only finished half of it. The other thing you will notice is that this is one of the few ramen shops in Tokyo, where the customer ratio of male/female is about half and half, when most ramen shops are 90% men and 10% women.


MOCHI MOCHI NO KI (in Japanese, もちもちの木)
Address: 1-4-1 Kita-Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo (Basement Floor)
(in Japanese, 東京都新宿区北新宿1-4-1 アルマビル B1F)
Nearest train station: JR & Tokyo Metro Shinjuku (15 min walk) or JR Ohkubo (5 min walk)
Tel: 03-3368-1751
Reservations: No
Website: http://www.mochimochinoki.com/ (in Japanese only)
English menu: No
Credit Card: No
Open: 11:30am-11pm
Closed: New Years

Prices: Chuka Soba Sho (Small Ramen) 650 yen
Chuka Soba Chu (Medium Ramen) 770 yen
Chuka Soba Dai (Large Ramen) 980 yen
Tsukemen Sho (Small Tsukemen) 700 yen
Tsukemen Chu (Mediem Tsukemen) 880 yen
Tsukemen Dai (Large Tsukemen) 1,080 yen

Toppings: Topping Zenbu-Iri (Everything) 470 yen
Chashu (Roast Pork) 220 yen
Negi (White Scallions) 100 yen
Nitamago (Seasoned Boiled Egg) 100 yen
Menma (Seasoned Bamboo Shoots) 160 yen
Takana (Pickled Mustard Leaf) 150 yen




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TONCHIN (Ikebukuro)

Posted by Tokyo Joe on 03.2011 Ramen 0 comments 0 trackback
tonchin outside
TONCHIN is one of the ramen shops, which made TOKYO TONKOTSU (Tokyo Pork Bone Broth Ramen) famous. Whenever the ramen category, Tonkotsu Ramen was used in the past, it meant Kyushu or Hakata style ramen, where the soup is usually made out of pork bones only, white and milky. Tokyo Shoyu Tonkotsu uses other ingredients with pork bone such as chicken, vegetables, but the soup is white and milky like Tonkotsu ramen.


tonchin 普通
Tonchin currently offers 4 types of ramen and the most popular one is simply called TOKYO TONKOTSU RAMEN 650 yen. You can choose the amount of noodles, which is called NAMI (Regular), CHU (Large), DAI (Extra Large) for all 4 types of ramen. You can also choose how you want your ramen cooked. Noodles boiled Soft/Normal/Hard, Pork Fat None/Normal/More, Soy Sauce Less/Normal/More, Green Onions None or With.


tonchin 特入り
A wide variety of addtional toppings are available, but many customers who do add toppings choose MARUTOKU-IRI, which is 2 slices of Roast Pork, Seasoned White Scallions, 1/2 Seasoned Boiled Egg for 350 yen.


tonchin tukemen
The other popular ramen is TOKYO TONKOTSU TSUKEMEN. Noodles are cold and comes separately with the soup.


tonchin ticket machine
Tonchin has two locations. The main shop in Ikebukuro and 2nd shop in Shinjuku (Kabuki-cho). You will have to purchase your order through a ticket machine and it will be in Japanese only, but there are small pictures on the buttons. Only problem there could be is the amount of noodles you want, so just tell one of the employees or the person behind you on line in Japanese and they should help you out.


tonchin inside


TONCHIN (in Japanese, 屯ちん)
Address: 2-26-2 Minami-Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo
(in Japanese, 東京都豊島区南池袋2-26-2)
Nearest train station: JR & Tokyo Metro Ikebukuro (5 min walk)
Tel: 03-3987-8556
Reservations: No
Website: http://tonchin.foodex.ne.jp/ (in Japanese only
English menu: No
Credit Card: No
Open: 11am-4am
Closed: None

Prices: Tokyo Tonkotsu Ramen (Tokyo Pork Bone Broth Ramen) 650 yen
Tokyo Tonkotsu Tsukemen (Tokyo Pork Bone Broth Tsukemen) 650 yen
Other Ramens & Tsukemens from 680 yen

Toppings: Marutoku-Iri (2 slices of Roast Pork, Seasoned White Scallions, 1/2 Seasoned Boiled Egg) 350 yen
Chashu (Roast Pork) 230 yen, Ajitsuke Negi (Seasoned White Scallions) 150 yen
Kara Negi Chashu (White Scallions & Roast Pork in Spicy Sauce) 300yen
Nitamago (Seasoned Boiled Egg)
Miso/Corn/Wakame (Soft Seaweed)/Nori (Dry Seaweed)/Menma (Seasoned Bamboo Shoots)...100 yen each
Butter 50 yen




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TONARI (Tokyo/Marunouchi)

Posted by Tokyo Joe on 28.2011 Ramen 0 comments 0 trackback
tonari outside 1
My favorite cuisine is RAMEN and my wife & I go out to have it at least twice a week. When I come back from an overseas trip, the first thing I always want to eat is ramen. In fact, many Japanese people are like me. Every ramen shop is different and there are over 30,000 ramen shops in Japan. Its cheap, quick, filling and called the people's food of Japan. Therefore, I will be introducing many ramen shops to you. To start is TONARI, which only serves Tanmen (ramen with stir fried vegetables on top).


tonari tanmen 1
Tanmen is usually found at Chinese restaurants, not at ramen shops. So, what makes Tonari's tanmen different from Chinese restaurants?


tonari tanmen 2
Soup is made out of pork, chicken and many other ingredients which makes it very rich in flavor, when most tanmen soups are light and clear. Also, noodles are much thicker than normal tanmen noodles. All this makes Tonari's tanmen one of its kind.

When your tanmen is ready to serve, one of the chef's will ask you if you want fresh chopped ginger (which is SHOGA) in it or not. Ask him to put it on a separate plate (just say BETSU-SARA-DE ONEGAI-SHIMASU) and not on top of the tanmen. Have some tanmen without ginger first and add a little later.


tonari karaage
You can also order it with Karaage (Fried Chicken), which they offer a set menu called TANKARA (Tanmen & Fried Chicken),


tonari gyoza 1
or with Gyoza (Pan fried dumplings), which the set menu is called TANGYO (Tanmen & Gyoza).


tonari menu 1
Most people order this set menu, but for people with a bigger appetite you can order a larger portion of noodles for 100 yen extra or bowl of rice for 80 yen.
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tonari tsukemen
They also serve tsukemen type of tanmen called TANTSUKE, noodles are cold, served seperately from the soup, which is hot. You dip the noodle into the soup.


tonari outside 2
At lunch time there is a good wait, but not more than 30 min.


tonari inside 1
Like most ramen shops they only have counter seats.


tonari tokia
Tonari is located near Tokyo station in a fairly new office building called Tokyo Building. The first 3 floors and basement floor are all restaurants and this area is called TOKIA.


TONARI (in Japanese, トナリ 丸の内店)
Address: Tokyo Building TOKIA B1 Floor, 2-7-3 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
(in Japanese, 東京都千代田区丸の内2-7-3 東京ビルTOKIA B1)
Nearest train station: JR & Tokyo Metro Tokyo (2 min walk)
Tel: 03-3240-6066
Reservation: No
Website: http://r.gnavi.co.jp/e533211/
English menu: No
Credit Card: Yes
Open: 11am-9:30pm
Closed: None

Prices: Tanmen 720 yen
Tantsuke 850 yen
Tankara (Tanmen & Fried Chicken) 880 yen
Tangyo (Tanmen & Gyoza) 880 yen
Tankara Rice (Tanmen, Fried Chicken & Rice) 950 yen
Tangyo Rice (Tanmen, Gyoza & Rice) 950 yen




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