Posts tagged "ramen"
Ramen Shack at Smorgasburg Winter Market 2016

Ramen Shack at Smorgasburg Winter Market 2016

Keizo Shimamoto personifies hustle. Like most entrepreneurs, his work never really ends. There are always new opportunities to seek, current ones to manage, and past ones to wind down. At the pace he moves, if you look away for a moment, Keizo is already a few steps further than you remember. The content of this...
Muteppo in Nakano, Session 2

Muteppo in Nakano, Session 2

I hadn’t planned to create a second article about the Nakano branch of Muteppō (無鉄砲東京中野店), but sometimes adventures don’t follow the path we expect. I’m learning that, more often than not, that’s a great thing. On solo stays in Tokyo, I’m almost always based out of Nishi-Shinjuku. No matter how far I’ve ventured, I can...
Ni-chome Tsukemen GACHI in Shinjuku

Ni-chome Tsukemen GACHI in Shinjuku

My first dip into the Mensho group of ramen shops is not the original Menya Shono but the second shop, Ni-chōme Tsukemen GACHI (二丁目つけめん GACHI), a short walk east from Shinjuku Station in one of Tokyo’s drinkiest neighborhoods. As always, not only are the caloric needs of The Tokyo Project fueled by chewy wheat noodles...
Takakura Nijo in Kannoncho

Takakura Nijo in Kannoncho

My final stop before heading back to China via Tokyo after a week in Kansai was originally to be a return visit to Miyoshi in Kyoto’s Kiyamachi nightlife district. Miyoshi is a simple, no fuss bowl of tonkotsu ramen (creamy, pork bone soup) that doesn’t score highly in the creativity department, but goes down easy...
Muteppo in Nakano

Muteppo in Nakano

The Muteppō (無鉄砲) honten is way out in the hinterland of Kyoto Prefecture. Fortunately for Tokyo tonkotsu fiends in search of their next hit of thick pork soup and noodles, in 2010 August they opened a satellite in Egota, Nakano Ward (無鉄砲東京中野店), about a ten minute walk north from Numabukuro Station. Though there isn’t much...
Ramen Jiro in Mita

Ramen Jiro in Mita

A small sliver of the internet was recently sent into a tizzy over Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk’s posting of a photo from his visit to the Ramen Jirō branch in Kabukichō. Concerned followers made an effort to explain to Musk that many do not consider Ramen Jirō to be ramen, just Jirō. Indeed, for...
Ivan Ramen Plus in Kyodo

Ivan Ramen Plus in Kyodo

Previously, we visited the original Ivan Ramen in Roka-kōen for the earthy shio (salt flavored) ramen that gained Ivan Orkin his spot on the Tokyo ramen map. In volume 2 of The Tokyo Project, we head to Kyōdō, also in Setagaya Ward, for dinner at the second shop, Ivan Ramen Plus. Both locations use warm wood...
Ikaruga in Kudanshita

Ikaruga in Kudanshita

Ikaruga (斑鳩) serves up tonkotsu ramen for people who think they don’t like tonkotsu. The telltale stench of boiled pig bones is mysteriously absent, while not sacrificing anything with regard to flavor and texture. If anything, it’s probably the creamiest of this style I’ve ever had. Where some traditional tonkotsu styles can be greasy and...
Tanaka Shoten in Hitotsuya

Tanaka Shoten in Hitotsuya

I finally made it. After postponing the trek out to Adachi Ward due to rain when I was shooting the first volume of The Tokyo Project, this time I jumped on the Tsukuba Express and headed up to Tanaka Shōten (田中商店) in Hitotsuya for what many consider to be the best Hakata Nagahama style tonkotsu...
Taishoken in Eifukucho

Taishoken in Eifukucho

A visit to Eifukuchō Taishōken (永福町大勝軒) is a little like a step back in time, to 1955 when the shop first opened, or thereabouts. Though the ramen has gone from around 35 yen to 1050 and higher, everything else about Taishōken’s look and feel has more or less held constant as it watched over the...
Futaba in Ogikubo

Futaba in Ogikubo

A small mountain of niboshi. Vats of tare and steaming soup stock. A deshi prepares a batch of orders under the watchful eye and guidance of the tenchō. We’re in Ogikubo, the birthplace of fish and shoyu-based Tokyo style ramen. Though Harukiya is generally regarded as the exemplar for old school Tokyo ramen, on this...
Miyoshi in Kiyamachi

Miyoshi in Kiyamachi

Miyoshi—formally Hakata Nagahama Ramen Miyoshi (博多長浜らーめん みよし)—is a bright light, both figurative and literal, that welcomes hungry passersby from lunchtime until sunrise the next morning on Kiyamachi-dōri, Kyoto’s mid-tier nightlife district for those whose wallets and connections are not sufficient for the rarefied settings one block over in Pontochō. The open shop front and friendly...