Mendokoro Inosho in Nerima, Tokyo, serves a unique kind of spicy ramen, that is not just hot but also deeply savoury and dangerously addictive. Find out why people wait in line to get their bowl.
Who doesn't love ramen? It's probably the most popular dish in Japan and is on its way to becoming the most popular Japanese dish outside of Japan as well. One of the most ubiquitous ramen toppings is chashu, the tender and flavorful meat slices that sit on top of the bowl. This article will explain what chashu is and talk about some of the different kinds you'll find in the ramen world.
'Kansui' is an ingredient that is absolutely essential to ramen noodles, as it gives the noodles their characteristic springiness and taste. However, there are some who worry about the safety of adding artificial additives to the noodles. For those who worry, there's a shop in Tokyo that makes completely natural and additive-free noodles which use 'natural kansui.'
There's a special type of ramen called 'Ariran Ramen' that can only be found at a few ramen shops in the mountains of Chiba prefecture. It's the most difficult-to-get ramen in Japan not just because of the remoteness of the shops, but also because there's often a long line of customers waiting to eat it!
If you're in Tokyo and interested in learning about ramen from one of Tokyo's most knowledgable ramen experts, you've got to try a ramen tour with Frank. Whether you want to try a bunch of bowls of ramen in one tour, get insider information about the best shops, or try making your own ramen, there's a tour to fit your needs!
Tsukemen (dipping ramen) is extremely popular these days! In Shinjuku, one of Tokyo's ramen hubs, we've found 10 of the very best shops that serve outstanding tsukemen and are presenting them here in this article. Enjoy!
Have you heard of back fat ramen (背脂ラーメン)? It's a type of ramen that features a rich broth enhanced by pork fat (cut from the pig's back, hence the name back fat). 'Hopuken,' the shop that first created back fat ramen 60 years ago is still open, meaning you can go and try the original for yourself!
Tsukemen (dipping ramen) has seen an incredible boom in popularity in recent years. Just how did it become so popular? The reason for its massive popularity today can be traced back to its creator, Kazuo Yamagishi and his outlook on ramen making.
Shinjuku is one of Tokyo's ramen hubs, with dozens of top-notch shops to choose from. Here are pictures of some of the very best bowls in the city to help narrow your search! Click on 'More Info' to see the map.