Ide Shoten – Yokahama, Japan (Day 8)

After once having a chat with the owner of Chuuka Soba Gomen and learning that his soup was based on Wakayama’s Ide Shoten (he apparently paid to train there), I couldn’t wait to get back to the Raumen Museum and give it a try. After already trying the instant version with mixed results, I had a feeling the real stuff would not disappoint.

Direct from Wakayama where they would average 900 bowls of ramen a day, Ide Shoten has perfected the tonkotsu-shoyu flavor of its region.

Shoyu Tonkotsu Ramen: A deep, rich shoyu flavor that is one word…gooood! Although it’s just a mini, it still represents all the components of the regular size. The toppings (chashu, menma, negi, kamaboko) are all mouthwatering. And the noodles are still some of the best around.

Although Ide Shoten is still many levels above Chuuka Soba Gomen, I do taste a similarity in the soup. If only Gomen could have matched the recipe exactly…

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