【 CONTENTS 】
- A ramen shop that’s popular among women and children.
- Bia Bia’s philosophy
- Let’s taste this carefully made ramen!
- The reason why this shop is popular among women and children
A ramen shop that’s popular among women and children.
Bia Bia is about a 1 min walk from the Higashi-koenji station on Tokyo’s metro Marunouchi line. It looks more like a café or hair salon than a ramen shop. The typical Japanese ramen shop consists of a bunch of guys sitting at a counter, quietly eating ramen, with a grumpy owner quietly serving them. Nowadays it’s getting more common for women to eat ramen alone, but it’s still a bit hard for them to get a seat at a ramen shop on their own. Today, I’d like to introduce a ramen shop that’s popular among women and children and surprisingly enough, the owner is Iranian.
The room where the noodles are made.
All the noodles are made by the owner and are made by using Japanese flour.
Bia Bia’s philosophy
Bia Bia means “welcome,” in the Persian language. It opened in 2012 and will welcome you with its name, along with the friendly owner and a spacious room where you can casually eat ramen. They use carefully selected ingredients for their ramen.
（Ref: Bia Bia’s website）
The soup is boiled with Daisen chicken made in Tottori Prefecture and uses 6 different kinds of seafood to give it umami. It tastes very light, yet it’s very rich with umami.
It uses carefully selected Japanese flour and rye. It’s a thin noodle with a chewy texture.
No MSG is used, so please enjoy the pure taste of the ingredients alone.
【Roasted pork fillet】
The pork is stewed for 2 to 3 hours and dipped into a special sauce.
【Soy sauce ramen】
Blended with both, a thick and thin type of soy sauce, finished with vegetable flavored oil.
Vegetables are stewed for 5 to 6 hours and blended with a special sauce. Three kinds of natural salt and bonito are also added. The umami is concentrated in the soup.
Carefully selected tomatoes are baked for 4 to 5 hours. They recommend it because of its sweet taste.
As side dishes, they offer “チャーシューほぐしライス” (rice with pork fillets) and ”ローストトマトライス” (rice with roasted tomatoes)
Let’s taste this carefully made ramen!
You have to buy tickets at the door.
The machine has Japanese with Romaji subtitles with pictures attached to it, so you don’t have to worry about pronunciation.
If you don’t know what to eat, please ask the owner, because he’s a very friendly guy.
The ramen comes in two types, salt and soy sauce.
When ordering soy sauce, you can choose either a thick or thin sauce. There might be a chance that some ramen dishes are sold out due to their popularity.
This time, I ordered what they recommended, Roast tomato ramen with the thick soy sauce soup!
The rye noodles taste just like expensive Japanese soba noodles and the Iranian blueberries gives it a kick in flavor. The oriental spices and flavoring are very savory. The light soup replicates a fish flavor in its own unique way. I can feel their efforts in the taste itself! The Daisen chicken’s pork fillets are freshly broiled and go well with the boiled soup! You can’t get these unique flavors in just any ramen shop!
Even though I ordered the thicker soy sauce, it didn’t feel too thick.
Their special pork fillets can be split so easily with chopsticks and the thin noodles really go well with the soup. The roasted tomatoes (roasted for 5 to 6 hours) add a sweetness and umami that goes well with everything!
The reason why this shop is popular among women and children
When I visited, there were children who were accompanied by men.
Every time I go there I see customers who accompany small children as well as female customers. The owner says the ratio of the customer’s gender is 1 male for every 1 female. There are many female customers who also dine alone, so Bia Bia serves many more female customers than the average ramen shop.
I think its popularity is also due to the shop’s cleanliness and fashionable atmosphere, but it’s most likely the friendly owner and his use of fresh natural ingredients.
Even in ‘ramen country’, you can’t always get good ramen without MSG, using only pure domestic ingredients and carefully selected vegetables. Many parents don’t want to feed their children salty, oily ramen, but at Bia Bia you’ll find many parents letting their children order what they want.
The owner’s wife is Japanese. He really cares about his customers and likes to communicate with them. It was hard for him to communicate in Japanese at first, but now he speaks fluent Japanese and enjoys communicating.
I feel his hospitality when he joyfully talks to the customers and serves special made ramen using carefully selected ingredients. This ramen will feed your body and soul. This shop always “welcomes” you with its name, Bia Bia and makes you want to come again.
・しょうゆラーメン（薄口 or 濃口）(soy sauce ramen)700 yen
・Bia Bia スペシャル (special)1000 yen
・ローストトマトラーメン(塩/醤油) (roast tomato ramen)900 yen
・茄子とトマトのピリ辛まぜ麺(eggplant and tomato’s spicy ramen)850 yen
・塩半熟玉子ラーメン(salty soft boiled egg ramen)850 yen
・醤油半熟玉子ラーメン(soy saucy soft boiled egg ramen)850 yen
・替え玉(refill noodle)100 yen
・高菜ライス(takana rice)300 yen
・塩こしょう味の豚ほぐしライス(salt& pepper pork fillets rice)300 yen
・豚ほぐし＋ローストトマトライス(pork fillets and roast tomato rice)400 yen
・チャーシュー(pork fillets)200 yen
・ローストトマト(roast tomato)150 yen
・半熟玉子(soft boiled egg)100 yen
・白髪ねぎ＆九条ねぎ(spring onion)100 yen
・穂先メンマ(bamboo shoot)100 yen
・海苔(seaweed paper)100 yen
・本日の缶ビール(beer with snack)350 yenおつまみ付き
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