Talk about the best ramen at Tokyo Japan, and many food blogs would recommend Ippudo (Ebisu), Menya Musashi (Shinjuku), Butamen Kenkyujo (Kanda), Aoba (Nakano) Ramen Jiro (Shinjuku) and Ramen Tetsuya (Higashi Koenji) and Metekiya (Ikebukuro).
What would you recommend? I followed religiously to the Taiwanese written Tokyo guidebook “东京王 Dong Jing Wang” to the ramen warzone of Ikebukuro, and found myself outside the snaking queue of Mutekiya Ramen.
My trusted guidebook recommended that tourists should go at 4pm to avoid the peak hour crowd. Good advice, because when I arrived at 4:10pm, there was already a queue outside the shop of about 15 people! That translated to a 25 minute wait.
Mutekiya is one of those ramen shops with only one branch, and has limited sitting of say 20 pax, but it is worth the effort and time to try its legendary ramen.
Mutekiya Ramen’s “人气王 Ren Qi Wang” (popular dish) is the Goukai Men (1200 Yen, SGD$19.16, USD$15.18) which consist of a 16-hour boiled tonkotsu pork thighbone broth with thick slices of barbecued pork, a flavoured hardboiled egg, and two pinkish fresh prawns.
The first few sips of the ramen are nothing short of sensational, easily beating any ramen broth I had in Singapore (not exaggerating). I knew I cannot compare, but this Goukai Men broth is Wow-tastic, said to be added with fresh pork fat and cooked for an additional 3 hours. The soup is really really flavourful which makes you feel extremely satisfied as it slowly warms the tummy.
The other popular dish is the Homaru Men (780 Yen, SGD$12.46, USD$9.87), where the noodles are medium-thick, chewy and springy, imported directly from Hokkaido Sapporo. There is so much bite, makes a perfect pairing with the melt-in-your-mouth pork slices.
Mutekiya is the best ramen I had in Tokyo so far. So what’s?
Mutekiya Ramen 麺創房無敵家
1-17-1 Minami-Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku 東京都豊島区南池袋1-17- (Ikebukuro Station East Exit), Tokyo, Japan. Tel: + 03 3982 7656
Opening Hours: 10:30am-4am