On our hunt for one of THE soul foods of Japan, we couldn’t leave out the popular ramen place of the first district, Shoyu Ramen. The interior is rather simple, maybe a bit cold, but with the various bits and bobs around the restaurant, and the friendly waitress, you’ll get that feeling of ‘omotenashi,’ aka. Japanese hospitality.
At Shoyu Ramen, there’s a total of 6 beautiful noodle-filled broths to choose from. We ordered two bowls (for the sake of give you a good overview – everything we do is for you) – the Seafood Ramen and the Green Ramen. The Seafood is a mix of prawns and homemade fish balls, also known as fish pie (kamaboko), while the vegetarian option known as the Green Ramen, comes with seasonal veggies, egg and spring onions bobbing about in a vegetable broth. You can also order this as Vegan, in which the egg noodles are supplemented by rice noodles.
There’s the option when you’ve really got a hole in your stomach for ramen to upgrade your bowl to XL, but the normal sized bowl is already a big serve. It’s written on the menu that once you go ramen you never go back, you’ll always want more – this is true at Shoyu Ramen. The Ramen is full of the multi-flavoured sensation that makes this an addictive dish.
We recommend… going XL with their soups and telling us how you managed to slurp this much soup!
We love… that you can choose which noodles (udon, rice, soba) to have in your Ramen