The Jimbocho ramen scene runs deep. Real deep. From classic shoyu to lavish lobster bisque ramen, these are my top 10 picks in one of Tokyo’s most competitive ramen neighborhoods – JIMBOCHO.
#1 Spicy Tantanmen – La Show Han
La Show Han (担々麺本舗辣椒漢) superbly shines a light on tantanmen, a fiery, Sichuan-rooted ramen. They serve a number of tantanmen with various spice levels – soupless, and with soup. Soupless is most popular.
It strikes a perfect balance between spiciness and creaminess, with toppings like kaiware sprouts and green negi adding a dash of freshness. In short, La Show Han is legit. Full review here.
Shop Hours: Mon – Fri: 11 am – 3 pm / 5:30 – 8 pm / Sat: 11 am – 2 pm (closed on Sun)
#2 Pork Back Fat Ramen – Kai
Jimbocho Kai (神保町 可以) faithfully showcases Niigata ramen. Niigata prefecture is a ramen powerhouse, with multiple ramen styles.
One of the most famous styles is Tsubame-Sanjo. It’s a shoyu-seasoned, niboshi (fish) broth with an absurd amount of PORK BACK FAT floating at the top. This of course among the Niigata ramen choices at Kai in Jimbocho. Full review here.
Shop Hours: 11 am ~ 8 pm (Every day)
#3 Shrimp Oil Ramen …continue reading