Motenashi Kuroki is a unique ramen shop serving what they call 'shio soba.' Everything in the bowl, from the noodles, to the chashu, to the toppings is made in-house, which is surprisingly rare among ramen restaurants. This Michelin Guide Bib Gourmand ramen is not to be missed if you're in Tokyo!
Motenashi Kuroki, located between Akihabara and Asakusabashi Stations
The specialty of Motenashi Kuorki is that everything in the shop's signature bowl of 'shio soba' is made in-house. This includes not just the soup and noodles, but also the chashu and toppings. The bowl of ramen was good enough to be added to the Michelin Guide as a Bib Gourmand restaurant in 2017.
The interior of the shop is bright and clean, and offers both counter seating and table seating. The kitchen is open, so you can watch all the action of the ramen-making process unfold before your eyes.
The signature ramen: 'Shio Soba'
'Deluxe Shio Soba' ¥1,250
On top of the clear, golden soup is a beautiful arrangement of toppings, including a mini tomato and two types of chashu.
A tare made from 5 different types of salt is added to a broth made from 3 kinds of free range chicken and duck, creating a soup that is wonderfully rich and packed with umami.
The straight, thin noodles include whole wheat flour in the dough, and are made right in the shop. The supple noodles have a lovely wheat fragrance, and are a perfect match for the soup.
The pork chashu, marinated with garlic and herbs and cooked sous vide, spreads umami throughout your mouth as you chew it.
This is the eye-catching chicken chashu. The acidity of tomato and flavor from the olive are certainly a "western" twist to the dish, but the flavors are well balanced, and don't disrupt the "Japanese" flavors of the soup.
This is a special ramen that will not disappoint! The care that is put into all of the homemade ingredients is apparent, and the flavors are outstanding. Next time you're in the Akihabara area, give Motenashi Kuroki a try!