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Kita-Sando Ramen: Fresh Newcomer Regamen

Source: 5amramen.com
Kita-Sando Ramen - Shoyu

Kita-Sando ramen – there isn’t a whole a lot of ramen in the area. But newcomer shop Mensai Regamen (麺菜 Regamen) brings some freshness to the Kita-Sando ramen scene.

Pork Back Fat Shoyu Ramen

Regamen has a relatively big ramen menu. But locals love their shoyu ramen, especially when it’s topped off with pork back fat.

Customize your pork back level – pictured is regular. If you’d prefer a less gloopy bowl, the standard shoyu ramen has your name on it.

Kita-Sando-Ramen-Noodles

The golden noodles are thick, moist and remind of Kitakata-style.

Creamy Chicken with Scallops

Tori paitan (thick chicken ramen) is another ramen that Regamen serves. But the twist is using scallops.

Alongside the chicken bones, the scallops are omnipresent in the broth. Two scallop toppings drive it home. Finally, mizuna and negi freshly cut through the creamy broth.

Regamen conveniently has English and Chinese menus. We’re lucky that the Kita-Sando landscape has another ramen restaurant.

Shop Hours: 11:30 am ~ 4 pm / 6 pm ~ 9 pm (8 pm on Sat, Sun)

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Jimbocho Ramen Shops – Delicious TOP 10

Source: 5amramen.com
Jimbocho Ramen - Kitakata Noodles

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.

Jimbocho Ramen - La Show Han

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.

Jimbocho Ramen - Kai

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)

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Saizeriya’s tastiest menu item

A previous ranking rated Saizeriya as the tastiest family restaurant, so as a sort-of follow-up, this time goo Ranking asked what people rated as the tastiest Saizeriaya menu item.

Although I love Saizeriya too I cannot agree with this ranking at all! Their doria (grilled risotto kind of thing) is unappetising, and their “pizza” is made with a non-yeast (probably cardboard) crust – the pictured item is their mushroom pizza, which is no be

What’s your favourite?

Ranking result

Q: What is the tastiest menu item at Saizeriya? (Sample size=1,659)

Rank Votes
1 Milan-style Doria 486
2 Spicy Chicken 78
3 Shrimp Salad 60
4 Margherita Pizza 52
5 Young Chicken Diavola Style 45
6 Hamburger Steak 42
7 Grilled Escargot 36
8 Focaccio 34
8 Carbonara Pasta 34
10 Peperoncino Pasta 33
11 Tarako Sauce Pasta Sicily Style 31
12 Bolognese Style Meat Sauce Pasta 30
13 Seafood Gratin 20
13 Mixed Grill 20
13 Hamburger Diavola Style 20
13 Milan-style Colourful Vegetable Doria 20
17 Sauteed Spinach 19
17 Seafood Paella 19
19 Warm Salad of Soft Green Beans 18
19 Squid Ink Spaghetti 18
19 Penne Arabita 18
22 Shrimp and Squid Doria 16
22 Hamburger with demiglace sauce 16
24 Spinach gratin 15
24 Italian pudding 15
26 Grilled mussels with garlic 14
26 Banchetta Pizza 14
26 Aglio olio 14
26 Italian hamburger 14
26 Grilled meat and hamburger assortment 14
26 Soft chicken baked with cheese 14
32 Garlic toast 13
33 Buffalo Mozzarella Pizza 12
33 Cabbage peperoncino 12
35 Tiramisu Classico 11
35 Cinnamon focaccio 11
35 Popcorn shrimp 11
35 Prosciutto (Parma ripened ham) 11
35 Vegetable and mushroom pizza 11
35 Parma-style spaghetti (tomato flavor) 11
35 Hayashi & turmeric rice 11
35 Banchetta and young chicken diavola style 11
43 Rib steak 10
44 Coffee jelly (with milk ice cream) 9
44 Truffle ice cream 9
46 Aged Milan Salami 8
46 Fresh cheese and tomato salad 8
46 Beef shank ragout sauce 8
46 Chocolate cake 8
50 Thick onion soup (seasonal) 7
50 Friuli style Frico 7
50 Sautéed cabbage and anchovy 7
50 Lots of shrimp in aurora sauce 7
50 Napoli genovese (beef and onion sauce) 7
50 Panna cotta with strawberry sauce 7
56 Celery pickles (seasonal) 6
56 Pizza with tarako cream 6
58 Chicken and broccoli salad 5
58 Corn cream soup 5
58 Chorizo (spicy sausage) 5
58 Plenty of corn pizza 5
58 Shrimp and vegetable tomato cream risotto 5
58 Lemon sorbet 5
64 Mushroom soup (seasonal) 4
64 Milk gelato 4
66 Colorful Italian salad 3
66 Mini ficelle 3
66 Anchovy pizza with rocola vegetables 3
69 Seaweed and okra salad 2
69 Grilled sausage with vegetable sauce 2
69 Hazelnut (ice cake, seasonal) 2
72 Other 88

Demographics

Between the 18th of November and the 2nd of December 2019 1,659 visitors to the goo Ranking web site and associated properties completed a public survey. No further demographics were given.

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Kyoto Shinjo Castle

Screen Painting of Kyoto Shinjo Castle

A great discovery was made this week in Kyoto with archeologists uncovering the remains of Kyoto Shinjo Castle (new Kyoto Castle) for the first time.

Kyoto Shinjo Castle was constructed in 1597 by samurai warlord Toyotomi Hideyoshi (1537-1598), one of the three great unifiers of Japan. It was the last castle he built before his death in 1598.

Researchers conducting excavation work unearthed stones walls and a moat belonging to the castle on the grounds of the Kyoto Sento Imperial Palace on May 12.

The castle was known to have existed due to it being mentioned in written documents, but no physical trace of it had been found until now. The techniques used to construct the castle wall will provide some good insight into the Azuchi-Momoyama Period (1568-1600) of Japanese castles.

Excavated stones walls from Kyoto Shinjo | Image: The Mainichi

Kyoto Shinjo Castle was destroyed in 1600 just before the greatest samurai battle in history at Sekigahara, which decided that fate of Japan for the next 260 years. Kyoto Sento Imperial Palace was constructed over its remains in 1627 as the retirement home for Emperor Go Mizuno after his abdication.

Stone Wall at Kyoto Shinjo Castle
Stone wall at Kyoto Shinjo Castle | Image: The Asahi Shimbun

The castle was built close to the Imperial Palace to cement the Toyotomi court rank of Chancellor of the Realm and Imperial Regent “kanpaku” (chief advisor to the emperor). Hideyoshi ruled Japan in all but name and most likely built the castle, so that his infant son, Hideyori (1593-1615) could succeed his titles upon his death.

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Tokyo Halal Ramen Restaurants – BEST 5

Source: 5amramen.com

These 5 are the very best Tokyo halal ramen restaurants! From creamy chicken ramen to unique ramen using sea bream, they’re 100% halal and 100% delicious.

#1 Classic Soy Sauce Ramen at Naritaya

Naritaya (成田屋) often sits at the top of any “must visit” Tokyo halal ramen list. Located in the traditional and tourist-popular Asakusa district, their ramen menu has plenty of options to choose from.

Shoyu Ramen

Complementing the surrounding area, their classic shoyu (soy sauce) ramen is a top seller. But for those wanting something different, Naritaya is the only halal ramen restaurant in Tokyo with abura soba (soupless ramen). Their spicy miso ramen is a crowd-pleaser too.

Tokyo Halal Ramen - Naritaya Outside
Located on the Nishi-Sando Shopping Street

They have counter seating on the first floor and table seating on the second floor. Furthermore, the second floor includes a prayer room. Contact Naritaya ahead of time to reserve this space.

Shop Hours: 11 am ~ 10 pm (Every day, but closes at 9 pm on Sundays)

#2 Spicy Chicken Ramen at Ayam-Ya

Flavor-wise, Ayama-Ya (鶏そば あやむや) goes in a richer direction. Their signature “tori soba” is a creamy chicken ramen. Choose shoyu or shio (salt) seasoning and regular or spicy.

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