Updated: March 08, 2020
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This Ramen Shop Made it Into the Michelin Guide After Just 1 Year

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Nishiogi Tou is a newcomer to the ramen scene that was good enough to be added to the Michelin Guide after just a year of operation! The shop's ramen features handmade noodles, incredible soup, and sakura woodchip-smoked chashu that make it a standout bowl!

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'Nishiogi Tou' the Shop that made the Michelin Guide After Just a Year of Business

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Nishiogi Tou (西荻燈) is a tiny ramen shop tucked away in a basement floor of a building 2 minutes away from Nishi Ogikubo Station on the west side of Tokyo. The shop just opened in the summer of 2018, but was quickly recognized and added to the Michelin Guide in 2019 as a Bib Gourmand restaurant (inexpensive but delicious restaurant).

Nishiogi Tou serves Fukushima-style "shirakawa ramen" made from chicken and pork bone base with signature handmade curly noodles. This ramen is definitely worth the trip to Nishi Ogikubo Station!
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手打ちらーめん 並盛り (Handmade Ramen Normal Size) ¥900
We tried the gorgeous shoyu ramen shown above which included homemade noodles, chashu, menma, spinach, and green onion in a lovely amber-colored soup. The aroma coming off the bowl is a lovely chicken broth scent that makes it impossible to resist digging into.

Complex Chicken and Pork Bone Soup

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Taking a sip of the soup, the first thing that hits is the umami from the chicken and the richness from the pork bones, followed by a pleasant acidity from the soy sauce that spreads across the palate. It's clear that a lot of thought has gone into the creation of this sophisticated soup and each sip is irresistibly addicting.

Handmade Noodles

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The homemade noodles are the flat and squiggly type.

There's something special about eating homemade noodles, which are somewhat of a rarity in the ramen world. These noodles are somewhat soft compared with standard ramen noodles, but still have a lovely chewiness that is satisfying to eat. They're a great match for the clear, oily soup.

Chashu Smoked with Sakura Woodchips

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The chashu used in the ramen has been smoked with sakura woodchips. The meat is rare and filled with delicious juice that spreads through your mouth when you bite into it.

The longer that the chashu sits in the soup, the more that the light smoky flavor bleeds into the soup, adding a pleasant accent to the flavor.

Head to Nishi Ogikubo to Try This Awesome Ramen!

Nishiogi Tou is definitely worth a visit for any ramen fan! There are a couple of very special aspects of the ramen that set it apart, and it is clear why it was selected to appear in the Michelin Guide. Head to Nishi Ogikubo to check it out for yourself!
DeLong
I live in west Tokyo and spend most of my time thinking about food or going bouldering.

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