Traditional Tantanmen, Ramen in Ginza: Hashigo


Shinamen Hashigo has ladled out traditional and tasty tantanmen and ramen in Ginza since 1964. Let’s just say they know what they’re doing.

Traditional Tantanmen

They’re best known for their tantanmen (dan dan noodles). Their version definitely stays true to the dish’s Chinese roots. It’s thinner broth is spicy but not overly so. The sesame paste they use mildly complements the spice.

Chisui (Chicken Strips) Dandanmen: ¥1,000

No classic tantanmen is complete without some crunchy clean bok choy! The noodles are thin, soft and soak up the broth well. You can also request for half portions of noodles.

Traditional Shoyu Ramen

They also have a sweeter tasting shoyu ramen. It’s also a nostalgic bowl – exactly what you’d expect from a shop that’s been operating for half a century.

Paikomen (Shoyu): ¥900

I personally like the tantanmen best. But the shoyu ramen is quality too!

Customize your Toppings

For either (tantanmen or shoyu), choose your toppings:

  • Zha cai (picked mustard plant)
  • Steamed chicken strips
  • Braised pork
  • Paiko (fried …continue reading