Soy Sauce Ramen





Soy sauce ramen is one of the oldest types of ramen in Japan, born in Tokyo. It is characterized by a soup made from a base of chicken bones, pork bones, seafood, etc., with soy sauce added. The soup has a transparency to it and appears clear with a brownish color. The ramen itself has a relatively light taste, a good aroma, and often carries a deep flavor.


History and Origin

Before ramen culture was established in Japan, "China Soba," which was transmitted from China, is said to be the prototype. Soy sauce ramen is an evolution of this China Soba, adapted to Japanese tastes, and gained particular popularity in Tokyo. In the post-war food shortage era, ramen, which could be eaten easily, spread, and soy sauce ramen became a central existence.



The greatest feature of soy sauce ramen is its soup. The soup is based on chicken bones, pork bones, seafood, vegetables, etc., and by adding soy sauce to it, it creates a unique savory flavor and richness. The concentration of the soup and the balance of flavors vary from shop to shop, ranging from light to rich. Medium-thin straight noodles are common, designed to mix well with the soup.



Common toppings include chashu, menma, green onions, seaweed, naruto, as well as spinach and boiled eggs. These toppings go well with the soup, allowing you to enjoy variations in texture and flavor.


Regional Variations

Soy sauce ramen is loved all over the country, and each region has its own unique evolution. For example, in Tokyo, relatively light soy sauce ramen based on chicken bone and seafood broth is the mainstream. On the other hand, in Asahikawa, Hokkaido, a rich taste characterized by a double soup of pork bones and seafood with soy sauce added is popular. In some parts of Kyushu, soy sauce tonkotsu ramen, which combines soy sauce with pork bone soup, is also served.


Appeal of Soy Sauce Ramen

The appeal of soy sauce ramen lies in its good balance. The transparency and aroma of the soup, the chewiness of the noodles, and the variation of toppings come together to create a harmonious taste. Also, because of its simple composition, the quality of the ingredients and cooking techniques are directly reflected, allowing you to enjoy the individuality of each shop.

Soy sauce ramen, which laid the foundation for Japan's ramen culture, and its deep taste and variations are indispensable for ramen fans. When visiting Tokyo, be sure to tour various famous shops and enjoy the differences.



Secret Famous Shops that Japanese Ramen Lovers Visit

There are many famous soy sauce ramen shops in Tokyo. Here are some of them:


Chinese Soba Shibata

TokyoChofu City Wakaba-cho 2-25-20

Phone number not disclosed



TokyoMeguro Ward Higashiyama 3-6-15 Ebiya Building 1F



Ramenya Shima

TokyoShibuya Ward Honmachi 3-41-12

Phone number not disclosed


Menya Sakurai

TokyoMusashino City Nishikubo 2-15-27

Phone number not disclosed


Homemade Ramen Muginae

TokyoShinagawa Ward Minami-Oi 6-11-10

Phone number not disclosed


Menya Honda Akihabara Main Store

TokyoChiyoda Ward Kanda Hanaoka-cho 1-19

Phone number not disclosed


Irishika TOKYO

TokyoMinato Ward Roppongi 4-12-12

Phone number not disclosed


Qingdao Dining Hall Akihabara Store

TokyoChiyoda Ward Kanda Sakumacho 3-20-1 Osugi Building 1F



Chinese Soba Nishino

TokyoBunkyo Ward Hongo 3-30-7 Kumano Building B101

Phone number not disclosed


Tsukesoba Kanda Katsumoto

TokyoChiyoda Ward Kanda Sarugakucho 1-2-4

Phone number not disclosed



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