'Tateo Namikaze' is a ramen shop near Tokyo's Nishi Waseda Station that serves one of the heaviest bowls of ramen in the city, with a thick miso soup laced with pork fat and piled with chunks of deep-fried pork. You might regret it when you're finished, but it's definitely worth trying at least once!
Tateo Namikaze is located near Nishi Waseda Station on the Metro's Fukutoshin Line. The restaurant opened recently, in January of 2019, and has been creating a bit of a stir thanks to its extremely thick miso tan-men topped with large chunks of deep-fried pork. It's definitely not for the faint of heart or faint of appetite, as the fat-rich, heavy bowl of noodles is incredibly filling (and if we're honest, unhealthy, but who cares!?)
'Rich Miso Tan-men' ¥790 with extra everything (free), extra meat (¥130), and extra fat (¥80)
So, we might have tried to make it even more unhealthy by adding extra meat and extra fat for a small charge. The total for the above bowl of ramen was ¥1,000, which is quite a substantial amount of calories per yen!
It's difficult to tell from the photo, but there's so much fat poured over everything that the soup, bean sprouts, and deep-fried pork chunks are all soaked.
In addition to the richness of all the fat, there's a huge portion of minced garlic on the side of the bowl as well!
The soup is an unbelievably thick combination of tonkotsu, miso, and pork fat. Despite the richness of the mingling flavors that might normally be too much to handle, a slightly tingly spice and flavor from sansho pepper cuts through, adding a pleasant and delicious depth to the flavor.
The noodles are slightly curly and medium-thick. They have a great chewiness and fairly strong wheat flavor that is able to hold its own against the richness of the soup.
As you bite into the thick chunks of deep-fried pork neck on top of the ramen, the absorbed soup and juice from the meat spill out in a lovely rush of flavor. The pork used is also quite fatty, adding further to the heaviness of the bowl. Like I said before, it's not for the faint of heart, but it is for the lover of rich foods!
Thank goodness for the pile of bean sprouts underneath the pork. They add a great texture contrast and balance out the bowl of ramen, if only slightly.
Props if you can finish the whole thing! It's definitely one of the heaviest bowls of ramen we've come across and was a rich and delicious, albeit fattening meal. Check it out next time you're in the area!