Bazoku: The Best Handmade Noodles in Tokyo

Classic Tantanmen

It’s a bold statement but ramen shop Bazoku in Asakusa arguably has the best handmade noodles in Tokyo.

Tantanmen: ¥850

A Noodle Experience

Bazoku makes their noodles old-school style, just like Chinese immigrants did in Tokyo 100 years ago. In a big window facing the street, you’ll see a burly man vigorously pulling and folding noodles by hand.

What’s more dramatic is the way he’ll slam the noodle dough on the table with both hands. These slamming vibrations can be felt throughout the shop.

As a result, Bazoku’s noodles are marvelously chewy. This chewiness doesn’t come from under-cooking the noodles. You can tell when you bite into them the effect this intense slamming, pulling, and folding (kneading) has had.

Massive Menu

Just like any old-school Chinese ramen shop, Bazoku has a massive menu (and an English one too). The menu includes everything from classic ramen to yakisoba (fried noodles).

Classic Ramen!
Classic Ramen: ¥650

If you’re going for the first time, I would personally recommend the Tantanmen (¥850). It’s slightly spicy and a great Winter dish.

Tanmen: ¥950

Their Tanmen (salt-based broth with a lot of veggies) is also a winner. Every ramen at Bazoku has a vintage taste and this taste may not be as dynamic as modern ramen broth. But their insanely good noodles, massive …continue reading