Among Machida ramen restaurants, Ichiban Ichiban (一番いちばん) is ranked number one. Their Shirakawa style ramen is close to flawless, with astounding handmade noodles.
Best Machida Ramen? Most Likely
Ichiban Ichiban serves superb chuukasoba (old-school ramen). However, it’s chuukasoba that’s been beefed up. Bespoke soy sauce from Wakayama is the bowl’s conductor. This and a complex broth deliver a deep flavor.
The broth is primarily chicken. On top of this, it has genkotsu, green spring onions, onions, and kelp. This is all boiled for 6-7 hours.
But let’s talk about the noodles for a moment. They’re special. Just like with classic Shirakawa ramen, they’re handmade and they pound them with a bamboo stick. This is rare nowadays. The noodles have a lot of water in them and are fantastically chewy.
It’s no wonder that this bowl has Shirakawa written all over it. Owner and masterchef Kanehara-san trained at Tora Shokudo, the ramen restaurant credited with this ramen style.
Lastly, the chuukasoba with all toppings includes sweet and juicy wonton dumplings, egg, and both pork and chicken chashu. …continue reading