There are a lot of unique and popular ramen restaurants in Yokohama, which is known as a battleground of ramen restaurants. Here are some of highly rated places of all.
1. Men'ya Yokohama Niboshido
Men'ya Yokohama Niboshido is famous for the soup made with a bunch of different kinds of niboshi (boiled and dried small fish). Their most popular meal is Niboshi Shoyu Ramen (700 JPY (incl. tax)). It's soy sauce-flavored ramen that's delicious as-is, but adding some special condiments lets you enjoy a lot of different tastes in one bowl. Also the Niboshi Shio Ramen (700 JPY (incl. tax)), salt-based ramen made with red onion and Chinese wolfberry fruit, which are unusual ingredients to be used for ramen, is pretty healthy and particularly popular among women.
Menus in English, Chinese (traditional and simplified), and Korean available
Chinese speaking staff available
2. Bura Bura Yokohama
"Abura soba" (directly translated to "oil noodles") is a particular kind of ramen eaten mixed with the sesame oil and soy sauce-based sauce, instead of dipping in soup. Out of great many abura soba places you can find, particularly recommended is Bura Bura Yokohama. Their Abura Soba (690 JPY) is very rich but not so oily, making it easy to try for first timers. With a lot of topping options such as garlic, chili pepper, and vinegar, you can make a bowl to your own taste, and that is part of the fun.
Located in Yokohama's Chinatown, Ocho is the only restaurant in Japan that only serves tantanmen. Tantanmen is a dish of noodles in a spicy soup with ground meat and Szechuan pickles. Their most popular meal is Tantanmen (840 JPY (excl. tax)). It not only tastes great but also is good for your health as it only uses additive-free ingredients. Other than that, Shiranushi Tantanmen (sesame paste and chili oil over Chinese noodles with no soup) (840 JPY (excl. tax)) is also popular. For both meals, you can choose the spiciness on the scale of 1 - 5, so whether you like it a little spicy or extra spicy, these two are the recommended meals.
*Chinese speaking staff available
Aikaro is an izakaya (Japanese pub), but known for serving unique dishes of noodles. Recommend is the Jumbo Kakuni Ramen (480 JPY) which has a gigantic kakuni (a slow cooked piece of pork). The place is also known for using a lot of fresh foodstuffs from the Tohoku region, and the Minami-Sanriku Shiitake Soba (480 JPY) is the popular dish using those very ingredients.
English and Chinese speakers available
You cannot talk about ramen in Yokohama without mentioning "ie-kei ramen." Yoshimuraya is the origin of this ie-kei ramen and a hugely popular restaurant. The main characteristics of their ramen are its thick, greasy soup with a base of pork broth and soy sauce, as well as their springy noodles. It is more filling than it looks and recommended for those who like to eat a lot. They have Ramen (regular 690 JPY/medium 800 JPY/ large 920 JPY) and Char Siu Ramen (regular 800 JPY/ medium 960 JPY/ large 1,020 JPY). Depending on your preferences, you can choose how soft your noodles are, how oily it is, and how thick the soup is.
There are literally hundreds of different kinds of ramen. You can enjoy so many diverse flavors. Please try some of these restaurants if you're interested!
*Please note that the information in this article is from the time of writing or publication and may differ from the latest information.
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