Out of all the restaurants I visited in Japan, Rokurinsha had the longest line. Why? Because it was the most famous tsukemen store. Tsukemen is a type of ramen that serves the noodles separately from the broth. The ramen is dipped into the soup and then eaten.
The hour long wait was making me starving, so I decided to order the the large serving for ¥100 more. Rokurinsha uses the typical ticket vending machine, so pop in your Yen and click the button with the ramen you want.
|Large Tsukemen ¥1,050|
From my counter seat, I can see the chef masterfully heating the stock and draining the ramen noodles. While I watched the waitress deliver the ramen to other customers, I realised just how big the normal size serving was. When my large was placed in front of me, I was in shock.
The soup was served in an average sized bowl but the noodles was contained in a massive white bowl the size of my head. I knew finishing this ramen would be a challenge.
The soup was full of umami, perfect for dipping the chewy and fresh ramen noodles into.
About devouring half of the noodles, I hit the food wall. For those of you unfamiliar with the food wall, you should watch an episode of Man vs Food.
After a quick breather, I ploughed through the remaining noodles by using a continuous dipping and sipping routine.
Will I Return?
Yes. I’m now a convert to tsukemen, there’s such a satisfying feeling from dipping and sipping noodles!
What is your favourite type of ramen? Let me know in the comments below!