Nara Ramen - Top 3 Ramen Shops
5 AM Ramen Blog
by Frank
1w ago
For Nara ramen, you have to visit these three shops! They're all located in Nara City and are the cream of the crop. Nara Ramen - Heavy Hitting Nara ramen comes in different delicious shapes and forms. But it often tends to be on the heavier side. This is also the case for the three shops below! Menya Noroma Menya Noroma is famous to the point that people from all corners of Japan flock to it. Its relatively central location in Nara City certainly helps. Their signature ramen is visually stunning, with the soup striking a balance between richness and gentleness in terms of flavor. It's sho ..read more
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Kyoto Tsukemen - 5 Must Visit Shops
5 AM Ramen Blog
by Frank
1w ago
For tasty Kyoto tsukemen (dipping ramen), nothing beats these 5 shops. You simply have to visit them. Kyoto Tsukemen - Top 5 Kyoto boasts a deep ramen scene, with tsukemen (dipping ramen) playing a big role. If you haven't experienced tsukemen yet, it's a culinary delight that you shouldn't miss. Think of tsukemen as deconstructed ramen with a rich and thick broth. The noodles, normally thick, maintain their firmness since they're not submerged in broth. Kubota - Miso Powered First on the list is Kutoba (吟醸らーめん久保田 本店), a Kyoto tsukemen powerhouse. They have great, central location and this ..read more
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Agara Ramen - Baguio's Finest
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by Frank
2w ago
Agara Ramen brings authentic Japanese ramen to Baguio. They have a wide range of tasty choices too. Agara Ramen - Bringing Japan to the Philippines Agara finds itself at the top of the Baguio ramen restaurant list. They're located on Engineer's Hill, with a beautiful view to match beautiful ramen. I love that Agara takes their ramen very seriously. This isn't always the case outside of Japan. In short, Agara wants Filipinos to appreciate Japanese ramen - the real thing! Before any main dishes (i.e. ramen), there are a number of side dishes that are worth ordering. For instance, their steam ..read more
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Tokyo Style Noodle Hotate Biyori - Review
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by Frank
1M ago
Tokyo Style Noodle Hotate Biyori (Tokyo Style Noodle ほたて日和) has quickly become Tokyo's hottest ramen shop. Their claim to fame is incredibly tasty scallop ramen. Tokyo Style Noodle Hotate Biyori - Accolades Every year, Tabelog (Japan's Yelp) puts out a list of Tokyo's Top 100 ramen shops. Biyori came out of nowhere in 2023, joining the list soon after opening. In short, they've taken the Tokyo ramen world by storm. This has been done in a relatively short period of time too. Before you Visit Biyori Biyori requires that you visit in-person to make a same-day reservation. On weekdays, they s ..read more
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Touhichi - Pure Chicken Ramen in Kyoto
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by Frank
1M ago
For appetizing chicken ramen in Kyoto, try Michelin recommended shop Ramen Touhichi. Their ramen soup is just chickens and water. Chicken Ramen in Kyoto - Has to be Touhichi Could there be a Kyoto ramen shop more faithful to using chicken as an ingredient than Touhichi? Probably not. Touhichi is located in North Kyoto. Specifically, they're close to Ichijoji, an area brimming with top ranked ramen shops. Carefully Put Together Soup Touhichi's signature ramen is the "Tori Shoyu Ramen". It boasts a whopping 7 types of shoyu (soy sauce). There's sourness, sweetness, saltiness, and a whole lot ..read more
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Ide Shoten - Best Ramen in Wakayama?
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by Frank
3M ago
Is Ide Shoten (井出商店) the best ramen shop in Wakayama? Many believe so. They've been serving tasty ramen since 1958. Best Ramen in Wakayama? - Certainly Most Famous Ide Shoten is a huge part of Wakayama City's and Wakayama Prefecture's ramen scene. It's first on the list for many visitors to the area. Let's break it down. In Wakayama, there are two main styles of chuukasoba (ramen is called chuukasoba in Wakayama). Ide Shoten is responsible for creating one of these styles. In it, the soup is more tonktosu (pork bones) than shoyu (soy sauce). More specifically, they cook pork trotters for hour ..read more
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Gion Duck Noodles - Tasty Ramen in Gion, Kyoto
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by Frank
4M ago
Gion Duck Noodles serves delicious duck ramen in the heart of Kyoto. They were recently named one of West Japan's best ramen shops by Tabelog. Gion Duck Noodles Smart naming on their part? Gion Duck Noodles is smack dab in the middle of Gion, Kyoto's posh commercial district. They're run by the Menroku Group, who operate 3 ramen shops in Kyoto and Osaka. All 3 shops specialize in duck ramen. Menroku's owner has a background in both ramen and French cuisine. This East West dichotomy is clearly visible in terms of how everything is prepared in the kitchen. Duck Ramen Let's start with the soup i ..read more
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Seabura no Kami - Top-Notch Kyoto Ramen
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by Frank
5M ago
Seabura no Kami (セアブラノ神) is one of Kyoto's finest ramen shops. They serve a heavier bowl and are centrally located too. Seabura no Kami - One of Kyoto's Best Ramen "Seabura" means pork back fat. "Kami" means god. A godly bowl of pork fatty ramen? That pretty much sums up the ramen at Seabura no Kami. Their signature bowl (Niboshi Soba) features a great deal of seabura. But this pork back fat isn't as heavy as it looks. If anything, it adds a smoothness and sweetness to a salty shoyu (soy sauce) base. It furthermore brings down some of the fishiness (the soup is dried fish based). Amid toppin ..read more
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Prettiest Ramen in Japan? - Jikitan Momiji in Saitama
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by Frank
5M ago
Is this the prettiest ramen in Japan? It might be. Jikitan Momiji also serves one of the tastiest bowls of tsukemen out there. Background on Jikitan Momiji Ramen shop Jikitan Momiji (食煅 もみじ) is nestled between rice fields in the little town of Kuki, Saitama (North of Tokyo). It's an hour to an hour and a half from Tokyo, depending on where you're coming from. It happens to be one of the top ranked ramen shop shops in all of Japan. They open in-person reservations every morning from 10 am. In other words, you can put your name on their list after 10 am and then return after 11 am to eat. On t ..read more
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Warito Tsukemen - Tasty Ikejiri-Ohashi Ramen
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by Frank
6M ago
Warito (和利道) serves one of the tastiest bowls of tsukemen (dipping ramen) in Tokyo. They're conveniently located near Shibuya station too. Warito's Tsukemen More specifically, Warito is closest to Tokyo's Ikejiri Ohashi station. Shibuya station and Nakameguro station are also accessible, but are farther away. Warito's owner once trained at Tetsu, a Tokyo tsukemen (dipping ramen) specialist. Warito's menu is simple. They too specialize in tsukemen (dipping ramen) and once in a while, serve a limited time ramen. The ticket machine has photos of the options, making ordering easy. In the tsukeme ..read more
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