Updated: January 15, 2020
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Creamy Oyster Ramen in Nakano, Tokyo, that will Take Your Breath Away


It's an exciting time to be alive and eating ramen! Today we will be introducing a ramen shop in Nakano, Tokyo that serves an exquisite and unique bowl of ramen made with a foamy oyster soup. It's quite different than any other ramen and definitely worth checking out!

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Tadaima Henshinchu

Recently, new ramen restaurants with interesting modern takes on the classic noodle dish have been popping up everywhere in Tokyo. In particular, there have been quite a few ramen joints with French-trained chefs offering exciting new bowls of ramen ('Ginza Hachigo,' which made it into the Michelin Guide after less than a year of operation is one such example).

Likewise, 'Tadaima Henshinchu'(ただいま、変身中) opened in October of 2019 also has a chef who trained for many years as a French chef before moving on to ramen.
The featured item on the menu here is the rich and creamy 'Oyster Ramen,' offered for ¥880. The toppings include a large oyster, sous-vide-cooked chashu, tobiko, spinach, and baguette slice. It's a beautiful bowl that more closely resembles a dish you might be served at a fancy French restaurant than a bowl of ramen.
The soup in the ramen is made from a sea bream dashi, oyster tare, and soy milk.
The soup is whipped with a hand blender to give it a foam-like consistency that allows it to bind more readily to the noodles as you eat them.
One surprising thing about the soup is that there is no pork or chicken used at all, two ingredients that find their way into most bowls of ramen. It's clear that instead of just another bowl of ramen, the chef pictured a French dish while creating this ramen. It's this kind of outside the box thinking that has been leading to some of the most creative bowls of ramen recently, including this oyster ramen.
Customers also clearly appreciate the chance to be able to taste a dish made by a bonafide French chef for less than ¥1,000. Perhaps the day that 'French-Style Ramen' becomes a genre of its own isn't too far off!

If you're curious to taste ramen that's at the cutting edge of ramen progression, head to Nakano to give 'Tadaima Henshinchu' a try!
I live in west Tokyo and spend most of my time thinking about food or going bouldering.

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