Near a small station in the western part of Tokyo, 'Daruma' is a gem of a ramen shop that prepares a mouth-watering bowl of noodles that are handmade and cut as each order is placed! If you're a lover of ramen or noodles or food in general, do yourself a favor and head to Nakano Fujimicho Station to try this ramen for yourself!
'Junteiuchi Daruma' is a small and still fairly unknown shop that serves one of the tastiest bowl of fresh, handmade ramen noodles in the city. The shop's head chef used to work at the famous handmade ramen shop 'Menya Shichisai,' which is well known and loved for its tasty hand made noodles.
Just what's so special about freshly-made noodles? Read on to find out.
After you place your order, the noodle making begins!
After ordering a meal ticket from the vending machine and handing it to the chef, he gets right to work to prepare the noodles for your bowl of ramen. The large blade shown above is used to cut the dough into thick noodles.
The noodles are rhythmically massaged so that they curl and deform, getting a classic ramen noodle shape. It's enthralling to watch the master noodle maker at work.
The Finished Bowl of Chashumen!
While the basic ramen is less expensive, 1,000 yen can get you this beautiful bowl of loaded chashumen that is well worth the price.
The beautiful amber colored soup is made from chicken and fish broth and has a lovely fragrance. The handmade noodles are hidden under the pile of 2 different types of chashu. It's a beautiful thing to behold, and impossible not to dive into right away.
The soup is mostly clear, with wonderful beads of chicken oil floating on the surface. The flavor is deep, with fishy and umami-filled notes from the katsuo and konbu hitting first and rich chicken and soy sauce flavors coming in at the end. It's flavor-packed and everything that you'd hope for in a ramen broth.
The Star of the Show!
Despite the deliciousness of the soup, the noodles are what really set the ramen apart. The noodles are chewy, with wonderful randomness to the shape that makes them fun to eat. The freshness is also apparent in the taste, which is fresh and fragrant.
If you've never experienced the joy of eating freshly made ramen noodles, add a stop to this restaurant to your must-do list!
2 kinds of succulent chashu
The chashumen features two different kinds of chashu, each special in its own way. The pink-colored chashu shown above is made with a sous vide cooker and has a soft yet chewy texture that is satisfying to bite into.
This is the classic chashu, which has been braised in soy sauce and is so tender that nearly falls apart as you eat it. It's a pleasure to eat both kinds of chashu, contrasting the textures and flavors as you eat.
Ramen lovers, you've got to try this ramen for yourself!
Next time you're craving a really great bowl of ramen, I highly recommend making a trip to Daruma! It's located on the Marunouchi Subway Line and isn't too far from Shinjuku. Check it out and prepare to fall in love with hand made ramen noodles!