Tokyo Diaries: Tsukemen in Akihabara

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

My friend Sherilyn asked us where we wanted to eat when we met up at Ueno Zoo.  She gave us three choices:
a)  a Ramen joint (called Ichiran) that serves only one dish - Tonkotsu ramen
b) a Tsukemen joint - dipping noodle place
c) a place that serves good tantanmien

My Panget and I picked the Tsukemen joint because it sounded different.

Sherilyn then led us to Akihabara, where that particular place was located.  We rode the subway and within minutes we were there - apparently the joint is near the exit - to be specific, just a few steps away from the exit.

Tsukemen apparently is a different type of ramen in which the noodles are separated from the broth/soup and you eat it by dipping the noodles in the hot broth/soup.  This particular restaurant just serves this kind of ramen and we knew we had to try it!  Hahaha... :)

Here's what it looks like:

Oh my, it was heavenly!  The broth was thick and really tasty, the noodles were just the perfect firmness (for me) and the meat (on top of the noddles) was so soft it literally melted in my mouth!  I didn't need to bite so much!

It was a different experience altogether because I had to dip the noodles and meat into the thick sauce before eating it!  I was too excited to consume it but I had to be patient since the dipping will add more flavor to the dish.

Here's the calling card of the place courtesy of my friend Sherilyn:

Thanks Sherilyn for bringing us here!

There was a small construction going on next door - and the construction workers were also eating in the said restaurant.  So I guess price wise - it was not bad!  She also mentioned that a lot of businessmen/office workers come to eat at this place and that its usually packed with a long line outside.  Good thing, we went a bit early and it was a Saturday!!

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