When it comes to noodles, I’m a devotee of the Japanese varieties. From thin nutty soba to fat chewy udon, the assortment of noodles used in Japanese cuisine is diverse, made even more so by the different ways in which they are served, whether it be cold with a dipping sauce or in a soup. Ramen is one of the favorites. Although ramen is originally a Chinese dish, over the years the Japanese have embraced it and made it their own.
I’ve been overdue in sharing the next installment of my video series covering my trip to Japan this summer. Since I recently shared a recipe for a quick and easy spicy mushroom miso ramen, I thought it would be fun to share my visit to one of my favorite places for a steaming hot bowl of spicy ramen in Tokyo. You’ll also get a bit of a peak at what Tokyo is like in July. The heat and humidity do a number on your hair and skin. This was definitely one of those times where the luxury of a makeup/hair person would be awesome. But at least you know it’s real, right? No sugar-coating here! Ha. But back to noodles. The noodle shop we’re “visiting” today is called Manrikiya in a Tokyo neighborhood called Azabu Juban. I always order their tantanmen, a bowl of ramen with a spicy broth. Manrikiya’s noodles are uniquely long and thick, making every bite nice and chewy. Their rich silky broth isn’t lacking in the spice arena, which I love, but they’ve managed to strike a balance between spice and flavor so that the heat doesn’t overwhelm all of the flavors in the soup. Let’s take a look!
Address: 2-3-2 Azabu Juban, Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-0045, Japan
Nearest train station: Azabu Juban, Toei Oedo Line, Exit #4
Hours: 11:30am — 2:30pm; 5:00pm — 10:30pm