Tokyo Ramen Street under Tokyo Station houses 8 wildly different ramen shops. Not sure which to visit? I’ve eaten at all of them many times over. From creamy dipping style ramen to spicy tantanmen, here are my top 3 on Tokyo Ramen Street.
1. Rainbow Ramen at Soranoiro NIPPON
This is probably my favorite on Tokyo Ramen Street. What I love about Soranoiro Nippon (ソラノイロNIPPON) is that their ramen has been bold and adventurous from the very beginning.
They’re also the perfect stop if you want variety. Take your pick – light shoyu (soy sauce) ramen, gluten free shio (salt) ramen, spicy vegan tantanmen, and more! But my personal favorite is their rainbow-colored “veggie soba” (below).
I believe this ramen is their most complex and compelling. It even got them nods from Michelin. The carrot-puree broth is creatively delicious, with clam extract, butter, and soy milk adding some punch.
In addition, they use fresh, seasonal vegetables as toppings and the unique noodles are made from smoked paprika. Bold, adventurous, and amazing.
Shop Hours: 8:30 ~ 23:00 (Last Order at 22:30)
#2 Creamy Niboshi Ramen at Gyoku
Gyoku (らーめん玉) combines the creaminess …continue reading
Source: 世論 What Japan Thinks
goo Ranking asked their readership to choose the most relaxing coffee shop chain in Japan.
Looking at the top three, when I lived in Kansai a friend of mine would post Facebook updates from Komeda Coffee, of which I was rather jealous as there were none near me, so when I moved to Tokyo I was keen to try, but the only one I’ve been to was a bit of an anticlimax.
Starbucks is often the very opposite of relaxing as there is often people busy talking on the phone, although I know of two in my town that are usually phone-free, and as long as I don’t think too much about the price they are quite relaxing; the French press of freshly-ground beans in particular is good.
Of all the Doutors I’ve been in, only one was approaching nice, let alone relaxing. However, the cheap coffee keeps me coming back.
My most relaxing is Tully’s; I’ve never been in a bad one and their plain latte is good value, but Saint Marc’s gets most of my business; there’s one the station before the office, so if I’m early in the morning, it’s just right to perk up and wind down with a hot coffee before work.
Where’s your most relaxing coffee?
Between the 21st of March and the 4th of April 2020 2,184 visitors to the goo Ranking site and associated properties …continue reading
Shinjuku ramen shop Fuunji (風雲児) is famous for its rich tsukemen. With ramen rock star status, they’re popular with locals and tourists alike. But is Fuunji worth the hype and wait? Here’s my take!
Fuunji – Some Background
After opening in 2007, it was clear that Fuunji was special. Its story is intriguing. Coming from an Italian cuisine background, owner Miyake-san never had any formal ramen training.
While ramen is on the menu, they’re best known for their savory tsukemen (dipping ramen). Furthermore, they were instrumental in helping usher in the era of modern tsukemen. What’s the big deal about their modern tsukemen? Let’s dive in!
Order the Tsukemen
I mentioned “modern tsukemen”. This tsukemen is the thicker, richer soup style that’s most common today. Fuunji’s tsukemen soup is chicken bones, iwashi (sardines) from the Seto Inland Sea, katsuobushi (bonito fish flakes) from Kouchi, and konbu (kelp).
Since the end of January, when corona has spread, we are unable to meet our customers due to out-of-going regulations, and our school principal, “Principal Yasuyuki Umemori,” and other teachers are all very sad.
However, I want to connect with everyone with a smile because it is such a time! With the thought, “I wanted to connect with you by doing an online sushi school and started an online version of Umemori Sushi School as a new service.
The experience is “laughing! Sharing a smile!”
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Rice cookers are a staple of Japanese kitchens. After using them in China, and now in Japan, I’ve discovered how versatile they can be.
Many people believe that you can only make rice in a rice cooker, but just because the name tells you so doesn’t mean you can’t get creative with it. There are loads of simple dishes and drinks that can be made in a rice cooker in under an hour—and with minimum preparation. Here are three of my favorite rice cooker recipes perfect for the rainy season ahead.
1. Spiced French toast casserole with azuki spread
A great recipe that can be eaten for breakfast or an afternoon snack.
Serves: 4 Cook time: 45 minutes