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Ramen With a Giant Brick of Chashu On Top! [Toriton]


Located 2 minutes away from Urawa Station, Just north of Tokyo in Saitama Prefecture, 'Toriton' is a ramen shop that serves a bowl called 'Megaton Ramen,' which has one of the largest pieces of chashu you'll ever see!

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Gargantuan Chashu Ramen!

'Toriton' is local ramen shop in Urawa, Saitama. It's about a 25 minute train ride from Shinjuku Station to get to Urawa Station, and from there, the restaurant is just a 2 minute walk away. Making the trip is well worth it, because Toriton serves a very special ramen with a humongous, 200g piece of chashu called 'Megaton ramen!'
As is standard, you order from a ticket vending machine. The yellow buttons are tonkotsu shoyu ramen, and the blue buttons are tonkotsu shio ramen. The basic standard size ramen is ¥680, but we're looking for...
This button!
The red, ¥990 'Megaton Ramen' button! The store can only make 15 bowls of this ramen per day because it features a special chashu.
After handing the Megaton ticket to the chef, we're told to wait a bit while they grill the chashu. Then, in preparation, we are passed a plate with a fork and steak knife. This is definitely not standard for a ramen shop!

The ramen is served!

After a wait of about 10 minutes, out comes this impressive bowl of ramen. The centerpiece is a gigantic piece of pork that is unlike any other chashu!
Looking at the chashu from the side, you can see that it has a thickness of more than 3 centimeters! The need for a steak knife is now very apparent! There's now way that this could be eaten without cutting it into pieces.
The outside is thoroughly grilled and crispy, locking in all of the glorious, juicy, fatty moisture on the inside. The amazing umami fills up the mouth as the meat is chewed. This is chashu taken to the next level!
The soup is a fairly gentle tonkotsu shoyu. The umami of the pork bones and soy sauce is definitely present, but not overpowering, which is good, considering the enormous portion of chashu on top.
The noodles are fat and chewy, just what you'd hope for in a soup like this. The ramen is solid overall, but the chashu is definitely the star of the show!

In Closing

'Toriton' is definitely worth the visit to experience the giant chashu on the 'Megaton Ramen.' Next time you're craving some pork, why not head to Urawa to check it out?
I live in west Tokyo and spend most of my time thinking about food or going bouldering.

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