{  Kiraku — 喜楽  }

Kiraku -- 喜楽
Kiraku -- 喜楽
Kiraku -- 喜楽
Kiraku -- 喜楽

Located in Shibuya, this popular ramen joint has been around for years and serves delicious golden shoyu-based Chinese noodle (中華麺) ramen. It seems to be very popular amongst salary-men, students, and many of their loyal customers tend to be male. It’s located in a rather sketchy area (somewhat of a red light district…), but this place serves flavorful and delicious ramen.

The first floor counter seats were full when we arrived so we got seated in the second floor area. The workers were speaking Chinese to each other as we waited for our ramen. Both of us ordered the “Moyashi-men” (もやし麺) for 800yen. The generous amounts of moyashi with the golden shoyu-soup went perfectly together and I can see why many people love this place. Other popular ramen choices seem to be “Moyashi Wonton-men” (900yen), “Chashu wonton-men” (1000yen), and their gyoza (500yen). The ambiance is not necessarily nice nor does it have great service but the ramen is definitely good. Come check it out if you’re in the area.

Note: Some of their prices went up from when I took the photo of their menu

Closed // Wednesday
Hours // 11:30am – 8:30pm

Address // 2-17-6, Dogenzaka, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, Japan (map)
Phone Number // 03-3461-2032
Website // n/a

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{  Fu-unji — 風雲児  }

Fu-unji -- 風雲児
Fu-unji -- 風雲児
Fu-unji -- 風雲児
Fu-unji -- 風雲児

Did we get lucky? We only had to wait two minutes to eat here!

Our friend happens to live right by this popular tsukemen/ramen place so we decided to try it. Fu-unji is famous for their 濃厚鶏白+魚介 soup, a condensed white chicken + fish broth soup (feels heavy on the bonito flavor). Although I’m not typically into fish broths, since their soup is a mixture of both chicken and fish, the fishiness wasn’t as strong as I expected so I surprisingly enjoyed it. The noodles were also very good in both the flavoring and texture.

When you first enter, you will see a machine where you can purchase a ticket based on what you want to eat. Once your turn comes, you will be asked to hand them your ticket and specify the amount of noodles you want.

Your options for noodles are (Same price for all):
- Namimori/並盛 — small
- Chuumori/中盛 — medium
- Oomori/大盛 — large
If you want your noodles to stay warm, you can order them “astumori” but keep in mind that if you are a slow eater, the noodles will elongate.

I ordered the Tokusei Tsukemen (特製つけめん) for 950yen with chuumori noodles. My girlfriend got the regular tsukemen with namimori noodles. The ramen was 700yen which was so/so according to our friend who always orders the tsukemen here. If you come here, I definitely recommend you to try their famous tokusei tsukemen first.

Hours // Monday through Saturday (Closed on Sunday & Holidays) 11:00~15:00, 17:00~21:00

Address // 2-14-3, Yoyogi, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, Japan (map)
Phone Number // 03-6413-8480
Website // http://www.fu-unji.com/

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{  Camino  }

Camino
Camino
Camino
Camino

Tsukemen with organic veggies?!

Love.

Camino is located In the residential neighborhood of Ikejiriohashi/Mishuku (right next to Shibuya). It’s a small shop that serves tsukemen along with organically grown vegetables from the Tochigi prefecture. Just take a look at the amount of beautiful fresh vegetables in the dish pictured above! Some are served raw while others are grilled. Every single veggie also had a strong flavor to it which made it even more delicious.

This shop has a few different broths of ramen and tsukemen, but they are famous for their vegetable tsukemen dish. We ordered the “Vegetable tsukemen + egg + Futsumori(regular amount of noodles)” for 1250yen and “Shio Vegetable Tsukemen”(1050yen). Since it comes with a lot of veggies, their regular tsukemen comes with slightly less noodles so most men tend to order the “Futsumori” for an extra 100yen. In fact, I didn’t get the futsumori and regretted since I found myself wanting more noodles! Both broths were yummy but we liked the original tsukemen broth a little more. Their broth is made from tonkotsu + gyokai = pork broth + fish broth.

Ramen and tsukemen tend to be considered an unhealthy choice nutrtion-wise, but when you include this much veggies in your meal, you don’t feel quite so bad. This tsukemen might have become my personal fav already. yummmmm

Address // 2-11-33, Mishuku, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo, Japan (map)
Phone Number // 03-3487-0694
Website // http://blog.livedoor.jp/camino_noodle/

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{  Yakumo Ramen  }

Yakumo Ramen 八雲
Yakumo Ramen 八雲
Yakumo Ramen 八雲
Yakumo Ramen is awarded 'Tokyo Ramen of the Year'

Yakumo Ramen is a popular ramen shop that’s been covered in magazines & TV and has even been awarded “Tokyo Ramen of the Year” for 2012-13. For all these reasons, I’ve been wanting to try it for a while and it did not disappoint. We went on a weekend night and it was surprisingly empty. Might be because it’s located in a random residential neighborhood on the 2nd floor of an obscure building so it’s a little confusing to find.

They are famous for their white soy sauce broth ramen with wonton but they have quite a few options to choose from aside from that. Everything comes in one of two different broths, the salt-based “white broth” (白だし)and the soy sauce-based “Black broth” (黒だし). We ordered the “Meat wonton noodles – white broth” (肉ワンタン麺 – 白だし) for 850yen, and the “tsukesoba with meat wonton – black broth” (つけそば肉ワンタン付き – 黒だし) for 850yen. While we were waiting, we noticed that the chef was carefully choosing each strand of meat and menma (bamboo shoots) and placing them onto the ramen very methodically. When we finally got the ramen, the presentation of the food was done to perfection. I had the white broth and it was strongly flavored with delicious wonton and I was very satisfied. I had a sip of my friend’s black broth but I personally liked the white broth more.

The cost performance was very high with the amount of food we got for 850yen. If you want a slightly untraditional ramen with wontons, give this place a try.

Address // 2F, 1-7-2, Ohashi, Meguro-ku, Tokyo, Japan (map)
Phone Number // 03-3476-2708
Website // n/a

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{  Ippudo Premium Member  }

Ippudo Premium Member
Ippudo Premium Member
Ippudo Premium Member

I recently became a Ippudo Premium Member! sigh*

As I illustrated above, you have to clear 3 stages in order to become a premium member. You have to eat a total of 60 bowls of ramen during a limited period of time to get your Premium Member’s card. I just want to clarify that I did NOT eat all 60 by myself… My friends and family gave me some of their stamps :p

When you clear each of the stages, you get some sort of perk for completing it. For the first few stages, you get a small booklet with coupons for free stuff like kaedama (extra noodles) and half gyoza. Once you clear the final level and become Premium status though, you can take up to 3 guests with you and (all of us) can enjoy a free kaedama or a free topping (flavored egg) every time you visit Ippudo for a year. Note that this is only applicable to the Ippudo Japan locations.

I also received an amazing Premium Gift Package (shown in the pictures above)! It included all of the following items:

- Ippudo ceramic bowl that says “Thank You!” at the bottom
- Ippudo original chopsticks
- Ren-geh (Chinese spoon)
- Ippudo towel
- Ippudo ramen home set (comes with akamaru and shiromaru with an extra kaedama!)
I’m very pleased with this generous gift set that they provide to their loyal customers.

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一風堂プレミアムメンバー入りしました!

期限内に60杯のラーメンを食べると仲間入りできるメンバーカードです。私はもちろん一人でではなく…友達や家族のポイントを頂きながらここまでたどり着きました。バリ、バリバリ、バリスゴメンバーを突破すると、一風堂プレミアムメンバーカードと『一風堂プレミアムセット』が自宅に届きます。プレミアムセットの中身は:

・お土産ラーメン生スープ赤・白(2食入)(替え玉つき!)
・一風堂どんぶり
・オリジナル箸
・れんげ
・一風堂手拭い

すごすぎる!!しかも一風堂へ来店ごとに、所持者+同伴者3名まで替え玉か半熟塩玉子サービスという太っ腹サービスもつくのです。さて、さっそくラーメンが食べたくなってきました。笑

My Post on Ippudo // http://www.tokyoeats.jp/ippudo-ramen/
Related Website // http://www.ippudo.com/news/2009/06/post_28.html