# How to order and eat Tsukemen
- When you find a good Tsukemen shop, go inside.
There are Tsukemen specialty shops, and Ramen shops that also serve Tsukemen.
Hotspots for Tsukemen & Ramen in Tokyo are concentrated in the Ikebukuro, Nakano, Shinjuku, and Takadanobaba areas.
- Inside the shop, you will find a ticket vending machine (食券機) near the entrance (shown below).
This is a machine in a Ramen shop where Tsukemen is also available. So, there are many buttons for Ramen menus and Tsukemen menus. The buttons for tsukemen are these green one in this shop’s case.
The display contents of button differ by shops, but you will generally see them for kinds of Tsukemen (Tsukemen and Tsukemen with sliced pork, on this machine), portion size of noodles (Regular, Medium and Large) and kinds of topping.Although there are some Tsukemen or Ramen shops you can order looking at the menu at your table, the most of Tsukemen shops in Tokyo use this ticket machine system.
You may need to choose “Hiya-mori(cold noodles)” or “Atsu-mori(hot noodles)” here. They are a method for cooking noodles.
For your information, “Hiya-mori” is a standard.
- Insert the cash of the menu you want and push the menu button to get a ticket.
(There are some machines which won’t accept large bills (10,000yen and 5,000yen), so please prepare a 1,000yen bill.
You take the ticket and hand it over a shop staff behind the counter. Or you put the ticket on your table, then a shop staff will take it to pass the order to the kitchen.
Then, wait at your seat until your Tsukemen arrives.
- When it arrived, taste the soup a little. Then add seasonings or toppings on your table or on the counter into your soup as you like. Now, you pick up some noodles and dip them into the soup. Then toss it well with soup.
Now, bon appetite!
If the soup is too spicy, eat noodles with toppings. It’ll milden the spiciness.
You have no need to be ashamed to make sound when you eat noodles. In Japan, it’s a proper manner to eat noodle dish, except pasta. Nobody cares the sound in Ramen and Soba noodle shops!
- After finishing your noodles, ask a shop staff “Soup-wari”. It is soup stock to pour some into the remaining soup.
The staff bring the container filled with soup stock. Or you pour it from a thermos bottle on the counter or the table by yourself.
(※There might be also shops which doesn’t correspond.)
- You enjoyed Tsukemen? Then, leave the shop saying “Gochisousama-deshita” to the shop staff. This phrase is Japanese table etiquette, which is used after you finish eating a meal toward the person who prepared the meal.
If you didn’t pay at the ticket vending machine, don’t forget to pay the bill at the cashier!
Please take a look at The useful words for Tsukemen shop for your references!
Do you feel like you’ll be able to order a tsukemen at tsukemen shops?
In the hot season, Hiroshima-style tsukemen is perfect! Because it’s easy to eat because of its spiciness and coldness, even if you have lost your appetite because of the heat.
I’ll introduce you my recommended Hiroshima-style tsukemen shops in Tokyo.
Eat a spicy tsukemen to survive the hot summer!
●広島麺バル ばくだん屋渋谷店（Hiroshima Men Bar Bakudan-ya Shibuya store）
An Izakaya style restaurant for Hiroshima’s, “Bakudan-ya” Tsukemen.
・Address: King building 2-9-10 Shibuya, Shibuya-ku Tokyo
・Open: 11:30-16:00, 17:00-24:00
・Access: 7 min walk from Miyamasuzaka Gate, JR Yamanote Line “Shibuya” station/ 7 min walk from Tokyo Metro Ginza / Hanzomon Line “Omote-sando” station/ 8 min walk from Tokyo Metro Ginza Line, Tokyu Toyoko Line “Shibuya” station
A Hiroshima-style Okonomiyaki (savory egg and cabbage pancake containing a variety of ingredients) and Tsukemen shop. Tsukemen is available only during lunch time.
・Address: 2-6-2 Hamamatsucho, Minato-ku Tokyo
・Open: 11:30-14:30, 17:00-23:30 (※Tsukemen is available only during lunch time.)
・Access: 1 min walk from Kanasugibashi Gate, JR “Hamamatsucho” station/ 5 min walk from Toei Subway Line “Daimon” station
●らあめん広 (Ramen Hiro)
A new Ramen shop opened recently in Akihabara. It’s a small shop with only counter seating, where you can enjoy ‘punchy’ Hiroshima-style tsukemen.
・Address: 2-25 Kanda-sakumacho, Chiyoda-ku Tokyo
・Open: 11:30-15:00, 18:00-22:00/ Saturdays: 11:30-15:00
※They close when all their soup stock has been sold.
・Access: 3 min walk from Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line “Akihabara” station/ 5 min walk from Showa-dori Gate, JR “Akihabara” station
Please see the article about “Bakudan-ya”, which is a very famous Tsukemen shop in Hiroshima!