In my improbable quest to eat at all the Tokyo Nostalgic Ramen shops, I was able to knock out two in less than hour today. The first was Marucho in Ogikubo which has been around since 1948.
The sign on the door basically says that they take their time in making their ramen, so if you don’t have the time to wait for it then just stay the eff out. Yeah, something like that. haha.
The shoyu ramen here is very deep. It’s almost like drinking hot soy sauce mixed with oil. But it’s awesome!
The shoyu even permeates the thick noodles, leaving them with an added richness of flavor. Hmm..I may have to consider moving to Ogikubo someday.
The second shop I visited was Juhachiban just on the other side of the train tracks. They’ve been around since 1966.
Their signature bowl is their namesake ramen, but I was running low on cash and decided to just order the regular ramen instead.
And in doing so, I made a mistake. This ramen was good but the namesake looked amazing. Now I have to go back again before I can cross them off my list. There was also an overly polite staff member that was annoyingly amusing.
Time to hit the hub!