G’day Foodsaurus readers! Sorry for the lack of posts over the past few months, I’ve been busy with other areas of life. I know it’s mid-March but Happy 2015! I realise that I still have a couple of posts from Japan that I’d love to share with you… so here’s one from Kyoto!
As a Japanese ramen lover, I was super excited when we arrived in Kyoto and discovered that JR Kyoto Station had an entire floor dedicated to ramen noodles!
I wanted to eat my way through all eight shops, but I only managed to visit three times. Each shop has its own specialties from different parts of the country so it can take a while to decide especially if it’s all in Japanese.
I had the best bowl of ramen so far in my life in this ramen alley. While we tried three other restaurants here, I’m just going to show you the photos from the one I loved.
Here’s the shop front of Hakata Ikkousha 博多一幸舎 and they specialise in tonkotsu ramen. We went in after watching their promo video with English subtitles that played on loop where they talked about their history and how serious they are about ramen – to the point where the frothiness of the broth matters!
We ordered their top two signature ramens which were similar looking but one had extra garnish. The aroma of the piping hot ramen was intense and from the moment you have a sip of the broth together with their thin and springy noodles, you know that these guys know what they’re talking about…
The bowl had thin slices of pork and a marinated soft-centred egg but the highlight was the flavoursome, creamy, rich, pork-bone tonkotsu broth. We couldn’t get enough of the broth and both Peter and I drank the rest of the soup base after we quickly slurped our noodles.
You just can’t get enough of good ramen, we actually went back a few days later via the bullet train just to be sure, and it was just as delicious. We’ve tried many other bowls of ramen since but it just isn’t the same anymore…
Kyoto Ramen Koji
10th Floor of JR Kyoto Station