In recent years, ramen, the hot noodle soup from Japan and absolute Japanese soul food has created a worldwide boom. Originally imported from China, ramen has evolved steadily to become a part of Japanese cuisine.
This time, we will introduce two popular ramen restaurants in Tokyo where people even stand in line to eat there!
Choose your favorite noodles – “Lanzhou Lamian” (Jimbocho)
The beef ramen restaurant “Lanzhou Lamian” (Japanese reading “Mazuru Gyunikumen”) is one of the still rare halal-certified establishments in Tokyo. Every day at lunchtime, you can see a long line of people waiting in front of the restaurant to get their noodle soup. So what is it that makes the ramen in this shop so popular?
Here, you get the best Lanzhou-style beef ramen in Tokyo (Lanzhou is the largest city of Gansu Province in Northwest China). You can’t choose the soup as it’s often possible with other ramen restaurants. However, you can choose the type of noodle you prefer. The chef hand-makes nine types of completely differently sized and shaped noodles right in front of your eyes!
The soup served with lots of spices contains sliced beef, cilantro, chili oil, and – of course – chewy noodles. After only one bite and one slurp of this delicious ramen, you will instantly understand the reason for the restaurant’s popularity. It’s aromatic, tasty and just wonderful!
Lanzhou Lamian (“Mazuru Gyunikumen”)
Thick and creamy “Tori-Paitan” chicken ramen (Iidabashi)
Another popular ramen restaurant called “Menya Ichiraku” is located in a former townhouse near Iidabashi Sakura Terrace.
This is a ramen shop that really looks like your typical ramen shop. It only has a long counter, and everybody sits there lined up in a row. The chef prepares delicious chicken ramen right in front of you.
The Chicken-based soup is rich and thick – just as you would expect it from the menu. Therefore, the soup sticks to the noodles like Spaghetti Carbonara. Usually with ramen, you get a meat topping called chashu which is braised pork belly in most cases. At this restaurant, it’s chicken chashu!
Maybe the rare chicken chashu combined with the tasty soup is the reason why customers keep coming in one after another. “Menya Ichiraku” has a very high reputation in the Iidabashi area, which is known for being a ramen “battleground”. Please check it out!
Our search for delicious ramen in Tokyo continues, so please stay tuned and – of course – please try this wonderful Japanese soul food! You will become a ramen fan yourself for sure!