While marketing vegetable-based food toward health-conscious women is nothing new — ramen chain Kagetsu used slim, smartly dressed women to promote its low-calorie seasonal veggie ramen — it seems like an alienating approach in the long run. Miyazaki assures me, however, that plenty of men ...

There are four basic options to choose from: ramen or tsukemen — that’s soba or tsukesoba, in their terminology — in either a shio (salt) or shōyu (soy sauce) soup. Quality and flavor are paramount here. The noodles are stone-ground from four kinds of ...

The basic choice is the same: hot chicken-broth ramen (Kagari calls it tori-paitan soba) or the heartier chilled noodles with dipping sauce (tori-paitan tsuke-soba). The selection of toppings is less extensive — don’t expect any roast beef here — and fans of Kagari’s delectable ...

At Ramen Tsurumusha, the vibe is toned way down. The slurping of steaming ramen is set to a soundtrack of jazz, and the staff at this counter-seating only shop are studious and reserved — the ramen does the talking. The emphasis is on the ...

Take a burger patty and place it between two "buns" made out of ramen noodles. And voila -- a double hit of everyone's favorite fast foods. What does it taste like? Exactly the way it sounds -- and it works a treat.

Whether you dig the earth-friendly vibe or not, the ramen is to die for. The “plain” tantan ramen is anything but plain. The broth is made from peanuts and sesame and has a uniquely delicious nutty flavor as a result.

Last December when it opened, lines formed around the block to sample the trademark seafood ramen. Unlike Kyushu-style agodashi broths, which are light and clear, the soups at Gonokami Suisan are thick and comforting, like a French bisque.

Unlike, most ramen joints, you're given the option of five noodles, each of different girth, to suit your taste, all of which are fresh and cooked to perfection with just the right amount of bite. And instead of the regular chunk of pork, the ...

The basic ramen — ask for chūka-men — is a fine, delicate noodle bathed in an almost clear broth lightly seasoned with shoyu and served in stylish wide white bowls. Ditto with the chunkier tsukemen dipping noodles. The dip, also shoyu-based, is lighter now, ...

The delicate hot broth is made with chicken, fish and konbu seaweed, the noodles are light and they are served with half an ajitama egg, slices of freshly grilled chashu pork and a garnish of fragrant yuzu peel. It's just as much a classic ...

Marusen (the seimen part just means "noodle maker") is far from your run-of-the-mill ramen counter. Marusen's specialty is Hakata noodles, the style popular in the area around Fukuoka and northern Kyushu. But you won't find the usual tonkotsu ramen, with its thick, white, savory ...

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