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We had heard a lot about the famous ramen in Tokyo train station where people queue for hours to get this bowl of heaven for their lunch. The tsukemen style of ramen is one of our favourites, so we knew we had to check out Rokurinsha while we were in Tokyo. Tsukeman is served with a bowl of cold noodles which you dip into a hot concentrated broth before eating. Rokurinsha is located at the beginning of Tokyo Ramen Street in the basement of Tokyo Station. If you see a big queue, you’re in the right place.
Like most ramen joints in Japan, Rokurinsha is a get in, slurp, and get out kinda place. Ramen is Japan’s fast food so even though there is a long queue you won’t be waiting too long before you are sitting down slurping your ramen, which is a skill I have yet to master! The focus here is on damn good ramen.
The drinks options are your basic soft drinks and beers; we opted for Asahi as usual.
Now, let’s talk business. So the ramen (800-900¥) at Rokurinsha is INCREDIBLE! I would say it is the best I’ve ever tasted. Personally, I love the tsukeman style of ramen because you can control the amount of noodles you dip into the both and therefore adjust how intense the flavour is. I don’t know how they pack so much taste into that both. It has an intense meaty hit that is mind-blowing but also has a distinct fishy background that adds another dimension to the dish. I love the little additions they give such as the boiled egg, pork bits, surimi (white and pink swirl made from fish paste), a little seaweed boat with umami dust on top! If you still have room after your mountain of noodles, you can ask for soup wari, which is a dilute broth that you can pour into your remaining thick ramen broth and drink like soup to finish off your meal. Delicious!
Rokurinsha Ramen was one of our favourite places we visited in Tokyo and is definitely at the top of our ramen list. If you can bear the queues, it’s definitely worth the wait. You just have to work on your noodle belly so you can overcome the mountain of noodles they serve!
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