Must Try Ramen Shops in Tokyo

Sushi may be the first thing you think of when someone mentions Japanese food but in Tokyo, Ramen is, kind of, the obsession. Everyone you talk to will probably have their own take of what is “the best” but here’s our list on what you need to try before you leave the bustling metropolis.

Tokyo Ramen Street – Rokurinsha Ramen

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Flickr/City Foodsters

If you want to eat the 8 best and most famous Japanese ramen shops from around the country all in one location, then make sure you stop by Tokyo Ramen Street. Rokurinsha Ramen, also known as The “godfather of tsukemen” Rokurinsha, has arguably Tokyo’s best Tsukemen. The soup and noodle are separated and the broth is much richer and the noodles thicker. This is what they call “Special Dip Noodle” in English. These noodles have a great bite to it and well worth the snake line outside the shop.

Menchin

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Flickr/Guilhem Vellut

Menchin specializes in a tokyo version of Ramen called Abura Soba (Oil oodles) (油そば), a dry ramen. Located near Waseda University, Menchin-Tei is dominated with hungry businessmen during lunch and students during dinner. pour some vinegar, chilli, garlic sauce and chilli oil on your noodles, mix and eat. It’s a heavy and flavourful bowl of noodles and might be a little overwhelming for some. But if dry noodles are your kind of thing, you can’t go wrong with this bowl of Abura Soba.

Katsu no Hana

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Flickr/Nakashi

Another popular place near Waseda university where their speciality is Abura Soba. What makes Katsu no Hana different than their competitors is that they serve katsu (deep-fried pork cutlets) instead of the usual char-siew topping.

Ushio

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Live Japan

Ushio is the ultimate fusion between modern and traditional. The bowl of ramen that you have to try here is the Nihon-ichi shoyu soba ramen with a showstopping broth that will put your saliva glands to work well before the first sip. Every bowl comes with 3 slices of smoked duck meat, which gives it a little something extra.