Sekki Ramen is a new ramen shop in Tokyo's Takadanobaba neighborhood that offers a very unique bowl of piping hot ramen. The stone bowls that this delicious ramen is served in are heated to over 300 degrees Celcius before the ramen soup is added (and consequently boiled). For interesting and tasty tonkotsu ramen, give this place a try!
Sekki Ramen is a new ramen shop that was opened in the summer of 2019 in Takadanobaba, one of Tokyo's bustling college neighborhoods. The name Sekki (石器) means 'stone bowl' and refers to the large, thick stone bowls that the ramen is served in. These kinds of bowls are usually used for the Korean dish bibimbab, but Sekki Ramen had an order specially made for ramen from a factory in Korea. The stone bowls are special because they can be heated to very high temperatures without deformation.
At most ramen shops, the soup is heated on the stovetop before being ladled into the bowl and served to the customer. At Sekki Ramen, however, the stone bowls are first heated to over 300 degrees Celcius (570 Fahrenheit) before the soup is added and quickly comes to a rapid boil in front of your eyes. You definitely don't need to worry about your soup getting cold before you can finish it here!
Sekki Ramen specializes in Tonkotsu ramen, and their classic bowl is the spicy garlic tonkotsu shoyu 'Sekki Ramen,' shown above (¥750). The ramen has a pleasant but not overly strong spice to it that is quite tasty. For those who prefer spicier ramen, there are several other varieties to try including the numbingly spicy (from sansho peppercorn) 'Mammoth Ramen,' or the extra spicy garlic soy sauce 'Caveman Ramen,' each of which has a spicy level of 3.
Those with a special love of spicy pain should go for the 'Glacier Ramen,' which is a combination of the Caveman and Mammoth ramens and has a spicy level of 10. The spice level of any ramen can be doubled or tripled to suit your taste, so feel free to go wild.
Sekki Ramen is just a few minutes from Takadanobaba Station, next to Tsutaya. Check it out if you're curious to see what 300-degree ramen looks like, or if you're a lover of spicy food!