Tokyo Ramen Report: Yokohamadou
Ramen Battle Field
Ikebukuro, one of the major stations on Tokyo's loop line, is renowned as the toughest ramen market in Tokyo & even in Japan.
Last time I visited the area, I happened to find a new ramen shop which had just opened the day before.
New Brand by Ikkaku-Ya
Yokohama Dou is a new brand by Ikkaku-Ya, who has already established its status in the market. The both has Yokohama Iekei style, which features Tonkotsu shoyu soup, spinach & Nori seaweed toppings.
Soup & Toppings
My order was Kuro Iekei Ramen (￥830) & this is how the entire bowl looks like.
This black oil, called Mar-Yu, probably extracted from burnt garlic, definitely adds a nice kick to the bowl. Though the soup itself doesn't have a strong taste, but you'll feel some layers of flavors.
As you can guess from the pic, char-siu pork was meaty enough & it gets softer while you keep it in the soup.
The noodle itself was a bit flatter than conventional noodles you'll find at other shops, but had a nice mouth feel to slurp.
What interested me was its length. The length of them was almost half of the common ramen noodles.
I wonder if it's thoughtfulness for female customers, but it was a bit annoying for me because it made me feel like "I wanna slurp more at once!"
Except that point, the bowl was worth paying & quite yum!
Thanks for reading.
Posted by 3e-Tokyo Project