TOP 5 Ramen in Shibuya You don't want to miss in 2018
Hi, my foodie friends!
Shibuya has too many ramen houses to choose from and I know you don't want to waste your stomach for a bad bowl of ramen. In this blog, I will show you the TOP 5 Ramen in Shibuya that you want to try in 2018. Stick to these ramen store and you won't regret!
One of the biggest reason I love Oreryu Shio Ramen, A.K.A 'Oreryu', of course its taste but also the menu variation. Where else can you get a Cheese Ramen, Fried Chicken Ramen or Ume(Japanese plum) Ramen? The order is pretty simple - everything has pictures and English translations. You can also chose how hard your noodles to be.
This is Special Spicy Jukusei Ramen /超辛熟成 (¥980) which is a spicy version of their creamy chicken soup based ramen. Thin noodles with extra thick chashu meat goes perfectly with this rich and creamy soup.
This picture below is Oreryu Otokomori/男盛り (¥950). Soup is basically the same type as the one above without the spiciness so you can simply taste the depth of soup. This one has 2 huge pieces of Karaage, which means fried chicken in Japanese. It sucks the creamy broth and gives a gooey sensation! Yum.
Here, it offers unique free toppings - Tororo Konbu, Seaweed flakes, Yuzu Kocho, Ume and Garlic paste. Ordering the basic bowl to taste the change with these toppings is one way to enjoy Oreshio Ramen.
This store is very tourist friendly. Menu tablet is in English and Chinese. After you buy a ticket, you can customize your bowl on the panel at placed in the each seat. Here, spiciness has 4 levels, and I’m getting the spiciest level, Enma which means King of Hell in Japanese.
This is the spiciest bowl, Enma level. After you receive your bowl, they will add MORE CHILI PAPER POWDERS ON THE TOP! When you mix it with thick pork based soup, it becomes almost like a paste.
Oh, and this is how I became after 2, 3 bites. I love spicy food and usually order the spiciest ramen at every ramen house but nothing has been able to beat this place.
This is their regular spicy. I'm sure it would be pretty spicy for people who can't take spicy food but it's a lot less red compared to Enma Level.
Afuri is a bit farther down to Harajuku, not quite in Shibuya, but I really wanted to include this for vegan or vegetarian readers. This ramen house was named after Mt. AFURI in Kanagawa since they use the mountain’s pure natural water to make the refreshing delicate soup.
I really like AFURI because it's stylish and health conscious. I mean have you ever seen a allergy food list on the wall at any ramen restaurants?
So this is the vegetarian Ramen. It has so much full of fresh colorful vegetables that almost like a salad! They grill some vegetables which gives a great BBQ vibe, and the soup has strong burnt garlic flavor blended nicely to the vegetable broth. Noodles are wheat noodles blended with lotus roots, no eggs. It's refreshing!
This is the Yuzu Ratanmen which has been my favorite. The soup is very light chicken with full of umami foes perfectly with thin hard noodles. Goddest.
So this is their #1 menu, Beef Horumon Tsukemen（ホルモンつけ麺）. Tsukemen is a dipping-style ramen - Noodles are cold and soup is super hot. Thick wheat blended noodles they use are slightly darker than a usual egg noodles. Soup is very THICK and has sensational seafood flavor. You can add more fish power for more.
This is Noko Chokai Tonkotsu Ramen(濃厚魚介とんこつラーメン）is also my favorite. It's very rich and flavorful, and it is so addictive. The noodles are a lot thinner than Tsukemen.
Kindenmaru has lots of fans for tasty rich pork base shoyu ramen. I love their ramen AND their positive energy! This one is located just 3 minutes away from Shibuya Station and opens pretty much all night long. It's so convenient and always serve the best bowl.
You don’t read Japanese? Don’t sweat. They have English and Chinese menu. It’s pretty small but there are 2 table seats next to the bar counter where you can bring a group of people.
This is their top seller ramen - Tokumaru/特丸. It is pork based soup with a huge chunk of meat! Pork based soup, A.K.A. Tonkotsu soup usually very thick and oily but Kindemaru manages to make it light and delicate.
This is their spicy bowl. It's not that spicy compared to Ichikakuya Red, just a little kick.