Kanazawa, where many historical buildings and the elegance still remain, is called "Little Kyoto in Hokuriku." It is a town where you can experience the food culture fostered by the rich natural environment, while various traditions live on to this day. Here are 5 restaurants that serve delicious ramen, a dish that has evolved uniquely in Kanazawa.
1. Ramen Yamaokaya Kanazawa Morito Branch
With broth made from tonkotsu (pork bone) stewed for full three days as its base, you can choose from six types of flavors such as soy sauce, miso, salt, special miso, spicy miso, and premium salt tonkotsu. In addition, there are 29 regular dishes in total with different toppings such as char siu and green onions. First try their traditional soy sauce ramen (630 JPY (incl. tax)), but afterwards, why not search for your favorite bowl?
2. 8 Ban Ramen Kasamai Branch
This is a long-established ramen restaurant, open since 1967. Their first branch faced National Route 8, and that is why they named the restaurant "8 Ban Ramen". The 8 is pronounced "hachi." Their top specialty which has been popular since its establishment is the vegetable ramen (604 JPY (incl. tax)) topped with a lot of fried vegetables. You can choose the flavor of broth from 5 different kinds: miso, salt, soy sauce, tonkotsu, and butter. Try their fat ramen noodles characterized by their waviness which mix well with the broth, and by the unique texture they have when eaten with vegetables!
3. Ramen Tensui
This popular restaurant, known for their Tensui Ramen (680 JPY (incl. tax)) which is has a mild milky-white tonkotsu broth and red pickled ginger as its accent. Also , the Tokusei Tensui Champon (860 JPY (incl. tax)), topped with vegetables stewed in tonkotsu broth, is their original dish. Nagasaki champon is a famous regional noodle dish from Nagasaki, but the Tokusei Tensui Champon offers a similar experience with a different flavor.
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3. Ramen Tensui
4. Tokusei Ramen Musashimaru
Tokusei Ramen, which also became the name of the restaurant, is a bowl of ramen which looks extravagant with homemade char siu decorated all around the edge of the bowl. There are three different types of ramen: the deluxe soy sauce ramen, the deluxe thick seafood and tonkotsu soy sauce ramen, and the deluxe thick tonkotsu soy sauce ramen. All are priced at 680 JPY (excl.tax). Kanazawa Ramen (780 JPY (excl. tax)) topped with Kaga vegetables named for the ancient name of Ishikawa and harvested locally is also popular. You can choose from four different kinds of ramen, such as soy sauce ramen with meat and Kaga vegetables. If you are starving and a regular amount of ramen does not seem to satisfy you, try the super voluminous Doyamori Ramen (880 JPY(excl. tax)), which increases the amount of noodles by 1.5 to 2 times, and is served with seven toppings such as char siu and vegetables!
5. Miso Senmon Menya Taiga
This is a popular restaurant where the waiting line never seems to cease. Their specialty miso ramen (700 JPY (incl. tax)) has a rich and mouth-watering fragrance of grilled miso. It's made many people into repeat customers that gush about how addicting it is. You will definitely want to try the black miso ramen (750 JPY (incl. tax)) made with squid ink, and the super spicy red miso ramen (780 JPY (incl. tax)) as well. Their spirit of hospitality, such as providing customers with a special vegetable juice before serving ramen to keep their blood sugar level from rising rapidly, is one of the keys to their popularity.
Kanazawa, surrounded by sea and mountains, has abundant fresh ingredients and making local sake, soy sauce, and miso is popular as well. That is why this city has so many great restaurants. However, there is no particular regional ramen dish that is called Kanazawa ramen, as of now. Find your favorite bowl from all these restaurants that serve unique ramen!
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