Japanese Noodles: Ramen, Soba, Udon and Many More!


01/07/2016 Food & Drinks

What’s the difference Between Ramen and Tsukemen (Dipped noodles)?

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Ramen’s archrival, “Tsukemen(Dipping noodles)”!
I’ll show you the differences between them. I’ll also introduce the differences between Tokyo-style Tsukemen and Hiroshima-style Tsukemen, which is ideal for the hot summer!

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Food & Drinks  Life and Manners in Japan  Travel Tips

How to Order and Eat Tsukemen Dipped Noodles in Japan


Have you ever been to Tsukemen shop before?
It seems a little bit difficult for beginners to order and eat Tsukemen at noodle restaurant.
I’ll introduce how to order and eat tsukemen for your reference!

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13/08/2018 Life and Manners in Japan  Travel Tips

10 Things you Should Know Before Eating Ramen in Japan

If you’re traveling alone and feeling hungry ramen is probably the best choice for a satisfying meal. It’s arguably one of the most famous Japanese dishes and there are several well-known Tokyo ramen restaurants closeby to the Tadaima Japan Shinjuku Ryokan. Whether it’s your first time to try ramen, or whether you are a ramen veteran, you should definitely add one (or more) ramen meals to your itinerary. Here are 10 things you should know before you start slurping down those noodles.

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14/06/2019 Bars & Restaurants

Three Tokyo Ramen Restaurants Featured in Michelin Guides

If you are interested in Michelin restaurants and the Japanese dish of ramen, you’ve no doubt heard of Tsuta and Konjiki Hototogisu both places have been awarded one Michelin star each. Consequently, both have extremely long lines. However, the Michelin’s guide’s love story with Japan’s number one fast food dish doesn’t stop there. In this article, I will introduce three ramen restaurants in Tokyo, featured in three Michelin Guides: Tokyo, San Francisco and New York.

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23/08/2018 Bars & Restaurants

Soba House Konjiki Hototogisu (new location 2018) – a Michelin Ramen Restaurant near Shinjuku Gyoen Park

[UPDATE] Konjiki Hototogisu is now a one-star restaurant in the 2019 edition of the MICHELIN Guide Tokyo

What is the number one ranked ramen restaurant in the Shinjuku area? There are several ranking sites for ramen but recently the “ramen database” (in Japanese only) has started appearing frequently in my search results. Their number 1 ramen restaurant in the Shinjuku area, Soba House Konjiki Hototogisu (Konjiki for short) is a place I never heard of before. In addition, it’s labeled as a Bib Gourmand Michelin restaurant, meaning that it offers gourmet food at a reasonable price. Without further ado, I decided to check it out for myself.

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30/01/2020 Bars & Restaurants  Food & Drinks

Abura Soba, or Ramen Without Soup, at Menchintei in Shinjuku

It’s not ramen, it’s not dipping noodles, it’s Tokyo’s famous abura soba! This Tokyo creation substitutes the thick rich ramen broth with a dash of vinegar and chili oil, and is a favourite among ramen lovers, as well as university students on a budget. If you’ve never heard of, or never eaten this unique Japanese dish, this article will tell you where and how to properly enjoy abura soba.

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17/10/2014 Food & Drinks

Weird Food from Japan: “Kawara Soba,” Tea Noodles Cooked on a Roof Tile!

This weird cooking technique was born in battle In the City of Shimonoseki, in Yamaguchi Prefecture, there is a local cuisine called kawara soba. It consists of cha-soba, (tea noodles) and various toppings that are served on a heated on a roof tile! The kawara are the pretty tiles you can see on the Japanese traditional housing. Why use this as a cooking ustensil? In 1887 Japan experienced what would become its final civil war. The story says that during intervals between long field battles, the soldiers would heat kawara tiles and cook wild grass and meat on them, giving birth to the dish now known as kawara soba. Beef, […]

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19/12/2014 Food & Drinks  Traditions & History

Eating “Toshikoshi Soba Noodles” on December 31st will give you good fortune?


New years Eve (Omisoka) has arrived! In Japan we call the last day of the year, December 31st, Omisoka. This day is to rid oneself of negativity and prepare for the New Year. One end of the year custom is eating Toshikoshi Soba Noodles, commonly eaten on the last day of the year. Why, you ask?   Eat Toshikoshi Soba Noodles and free yourself from the hardships of the year! There are several reasons. First of all, the noodle is easy to cut, symbolizing the ability to cut off the evil and negativity of the year. Also, the noodle is long and thin, so it signifies living longer and being […]

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29/10/2014 Food & Drinks

How would you like to try “Nagasaki Champon”, a local noodle dish from Nagasaki whose name means, “to mix”?

It is cheap and highly nutritious! This local dish was developed from Chinese cuisine. There was a time period called “Sakoku” (literally meaning, national isolation) in which Japan did not have any kind of relationship with other countries. At that time, the only place that had a cultural exchange with a foreign country was Nagasaki. This has greatly influenced the food culture there as well. “Nagasaki Champon,” a representative noodle dish from Nagasaki is said to have been created for Chinese exchange students in Nagasaki by people who had come from the Fujian Province in China. This dish, made by cooking abundant vegetables and scraps of meat together with Chinese […]

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11/11/2014 Food & Drinks

“Hakata ramen,” the first step to becoming a ramen connoisseur

If you are having “Hakata ramen,” you have got to master all about the hardness of the noodles and about “kaedama” (or second serving of noodles on a previously purchased ramen bowl.) It is likely that everybody here knows “Hakata ramen.” Japanese ramen is popular among foreigners, so there may even be many of you who have actually eaten it before. This ramen is characterized by the combination of its extra fine noodles with a rich and milky tonkotsu soup. But, aside from its content, it is known for the fact that customers can choose the hardness of the noodles, and also as the originator of the “kaedama,” which consists […]

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21/07/2016 Bars & Restaurants

Soba noodles and rice omelets, eat light meals in nostalgic atmospheres!【Near the TOKYO SKY TREE tower】


Food is one of the most thrilling parts of traveling. Taste is important, but the atmosphere may also stimulate your appetite. While exploring the Sumida downtown area (the Tokyo Sky Tree surrounding area), enjoy delicious dishes in great locations!

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05/11/2016 Food & Drinks

Cheap, Quick, and Tasty! Tokyoites Beloved Fast Food, Soba noodles.


Which type of fast food do you think has been enjoyed by Tokyoties for some centuries?
Soba noodles have been the favorite fast food of the people from the Edo period to today’s Tokyoites.

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27/03/2018 Bars & Restaurants

Unique Lemon Tsukemen in an Unusual House at Yotsuya Mensho Suzy House

For those wanting to try a different take on ramen, look no further than Suzy House, just a few minutes on foot from JR Yotsuya station. They offer innovative dipping noodle dishes which you can enjoy surrounded by an interesting decor. If you go for the lemon tsukemen, don’t forget to challenge yourself by squeezing the lemon slices with your chopsticks.

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11/10/2018 Bars & Restaurants

Yotsuya Mensho Suzy House [UPDATE] Shinjuku Tsukemen

A few months ago I wrote about Yotsuya Mensho Suzy House, a very unusual tsukemen, or dipping noodle, store in Shinjuku, that serves slices of lemon with your noodles. Using your chopsticks, you need to squeeze them yourself, to change the taste of the soup as you eat. Last week I was craving the taste of this lemon-spiked broth, so I decided to drop by again, and try another of their tsukemen dishes. It inspired me to add some more information on what is one of the more interesting tsukemen-eating experiences you can get in Tokyo.

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30/07/2018 Bars & Restaurants

Enjoy Ramen and “Chazuke” in One Meal at Tai Shio Soba Toka

So after I finish the noodles I have to pour the leftover soup on top of the rice, is that correct?” The staff behind the counter confirmed that it is indeed the right way to make “chazuke”, a dish I had heard a lot about, but had only eaten a handful of times. If you’re looking for a novel way to enjoy ramen, or just to eat something tasty and filling, go no further than Tai Shio Soba Toka, a place where you can start with ramen, or tsukemen, and then use whatever is left of the soup to create an entirely different dish.

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20/12/2018 Bars & Restaurants

Mugi no Hana (New 2018) Traditional Ramen in Shinjuku

If you’re exploring Tokyo alone and feeling hungry, a hot bowl of ramen is probably your best choice for a satisfying meal. One of the most highly ranked ramen restaurants in the Shinjuku area is located in the Arakicho area. Whether it’s your first time to try this Japanese dish or whether you are a ramen veteran, Mugi no Hana is definitely worth a visit (or two).

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