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Dai Tsukemen Haku 2019 Report by Ramen Mania “tanreisan”

tanreisan, who is actively mainly on Instagram as a 'personalized ramen concierge', came up with a series to share his recommended ramen shops through various means. He introduces ramen according to the foreigner's hometown and preference. This time, we'll be giving a report on "Dai Tsukemen Haku 2019" held over about a month starting in early October, and I will also be introducing you to five well-known places in Tokyo among food stands and ramen restaurants!

Dai Tsukemen Haku 2019

This is already its 11th year ever since it was held for the first time at Hibiya Patio in 2009.
Up to now, it has been held in various places, and it has grown into Japan's largest tsukemen event by devising events and battle methods for comparing foods. It was the largest it has ever been in 2019 with 100 restaurants nationwide gathering together. Once again, I ate a ton of different varieties of food from standard, well-known restaurants all the way to the most extreme and radical kinds.

Dai Tsukemen Haku 2019

2-43, Kabukicho, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo

A vivid banner for a ramen restaurant. This is what Shinjuku looks like in the autumn

The tents where men and women of all ages and even foreign tourists would not stop talking about ramen

Due to 100 restaurants participating this year, the days when the restaurants would get switched out was not consistent, but several restaurants were always open during the event, so that really helped me out.
The deeper autumn gets, the more my appetite grows, and I had about 50 servings throughout the event period! I'll introduce you to the five kinds that I was particularly moved by!

【Osaka】Ramen style JUNK STORY/Jidori-to-hamaguri-no-gokujoudashi~Kiramekinoshiosoba~

The combination of clam & homebred chicken broth tastes amazing. Very silky noodles are very nice, so I can't stop eating this.

【Aichi】Menya-shishimaru/"awakei"houjun-iseebiramen

The bubble soup made from shrimp & chicken white broth tastes rich & creamy. This is a evolutional ramen.

【Akita】Menya-nibosuke/Akita-noukou-niboshisoba

A famous Akita's style niboshi ramen. I'm sure you will get hooked on this taste.

【Hokkaido】Nisekoramen-Fuka/Nisekoramen

A potato paste with white miso soup. This bowl is very unique, and makes me feel like I'm in Hokkaido.

【Kanagawa】hyperfatton/Shirunashi-Suppamen

New style soupless noodles. It became a famous instant soupless noodles this spring. The oil sauce of fresh sourness tastes good.

After about a month of it being held, I had spent days discovering things to eat. Once again this year, I found various flavors and interesting noodles, and I was really surprised by the originality of all of the restaurant owners.
So that you can experience at least a little of the reverberation of the event, I will introduce you to five restaurants I recommend among the exhibited restaurants that have locations in Tokyo.
Be sure to enjoy the differences between what can be eaten at Tsukemen Haku and the flavor served at the actual restaurants.

Shinjiko shijimi chukasoba Kohaku ; A Recommended Ramen Shop that opened at the Dai Tsukemen Haku

◆ Ordered Menu
Shinjiko shijimi chukasoba(shio)+ ajitama 900 JPY

◆ Impressions・Comments
Opened in May 2019. The owner received training at the famous ramen shop "Honda".
The soup has an amazing seafoods flavor, and the taste of shijimi broth is unbelievably delicious. So I can't stop my Chinese spoon to eat the soup. Good bite & thin noodles, some carefully cooked ingredients, these fit this ramen like pieces of a jigsaw puzzle. Anyway this is a wonderful ramen.

◆ Ingredients・combinations
shijimi clam broth, wheat, pork, seasoned boiled egg, bamboo shoot, red onion, green onion

Shinjiko shijimi chukasoba Kohaku ; A Recommended Ramen Shop that opened at the Dai Tsukemen Haku

2-1-3, Nishirokugo, Ota-ku, Tokyo

SALT AIR ; A Recommended Ramen Shop that opened at the Dai Tsukemen Haku

◆ Ordered Menu
Special Kaidashi ramen 1,000 JPY

◆ Impressions・Comments
Newly opened August 2019. This is a branch shop of Touka ramen group. This located shop changes the shop name & ramen flavor every year. This business strategy is very unique on the ramen scene.
The soup is made from dried scallops broth & vegetables one. It has a nicely balanced flavor, tastes wonderful. Thin & flat noodles are chewy, perfect bite, and go well with this soup. Really let you appreciate the finer tastes of mariage. If you have room in your stomach, please enjoy a second helping of noodles.

◆ Ingredients・combinations
dried some seafoods & vegetables broth, seared scallop with soy sauce, wheat flour, pork, green onion, seasoned boiled egg, spinach, rice cracker

SALT AIR ; A Recommended Ramen Shop that opened at the Dai Tsukemen Haku

8-3, Arakicho, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo

Chukasoba Rokkando ; A Recommended Ramen Shop that opened at the Dai Tsukemen Haku

◆ Ordered Menu
Chukasoba(shiro)+ Ajitama 800 JPY

◆ Impressions・Comments
Newly opened in March 2019. This is the second brand shop of a famous ramen shop "Rokkando" in Ikebukuro. Although the new era name "Reiwa" has just announced in Japan this week, but this ramen reminds me of Showa era because it is nostalgic ramen.
The soup made from niboshi, pork, and chicken broth is a very finer taste. Hand-rolled flat noodles are fresh & soft like a Sano-style ramen. I'm happy to choose from two types of shoyu ramens(black or white).

◆ Ingredients・combinations
chicken & niboshi broth, wheat, pork, seasoned boiled egg, bamboo shoot, fish cake, green onion

Chukasoba Rokkando ; A Recommended Ramen Shop that opened at the Dai Tsukemen Haku

2-23-5, Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo

Menya Nakagawakai ; A Recommended Ramen Shop that opened at the Dai Tsukemen Haku

◆ Ordered Menu
Shoyu soba with Ajitama 950 JPY

◆ Impressions・Comments
Several years have passed after returning the birthplace. Now, this shop became a famous shoyu ramen restaurant on the east of Tokyo.
The soup made from dried seafoods & chicken broth tastes very finer & rich. When I put foie gras sause on the char-siu pork into soup, the taste changes more rich like a double clear soup. The noodles are mixed with whole wheat flour, has a nice flavor & perfect bite. Of course, the famous dip noodle is good since before, this nice & simple shoyu ramen is amazing, makes me feel owner's will & his hard work. Anyway, the great ramen is still in good even today.

◆ Ingredients・combinations
chicken, scallop, mushroom, kelp broth, foie gras, wheat flour, whole wheat flour, char-siu(pork), seasoned boiled egg, bamboo shoot, mitsuba, green onion

Menya Nakagawakai ; A Recommended Ramen Shop that opened at the Dai Tsukemen Haku

1-19-1, Sumiyoshi, Koto-ku, Tokyo

Nandenkanden ; A Recommended Ramen Shop that opened at the Dai Tsukemen Haku

◆ Ordered Menu
Sanbaka Ramen 1,070 JPY

◆ Impressions・Comments
The legendary tonkotsu ramen shop lead by unique owner Mr.kawahara restarted in Koenji on September 2018. He had a lot of problems to manage ramen restaurants in the past, but he got over them, and his new slogan is "I never fail".
The soup tastes very rich, I'm sure the taste is the same or better than before. There are a lot of toppings ( boiled eggs, seaweeds, green onions, char-siu porks ), so both my stomach and my heart are full. Character on the seaweed is the same as before too. Noodles are firm bite, go well with soup. Exterior of the shop, a lot of staffs, dynamism of operation, makes me feel the returning of the owner. Established in 1987. A new legend of "Nandenkanden" begins.

◆ Ingredients・combinations
tonkotsu, whole wheat, char-siu(pork), cloud ear mushroom, boiled egg, seaweed, green onion

Nandenkanden ; A Recommended Ramen Shop that opened at the Dai Tsukemen Haku

4-25-9, Koenjiminami, Suginami-ku, Tokyo

tanreisan

He has gone around eating at over 1000 ramen shops across the nation, and mainly shares information on ramen on social media. He analyze the taste of each store from the ingredients and combinations of all the ramen that he ate.
He works actively as a "personalized ramen concierge" everyday by responding to inquiries from overseas fans and recommending ramen shops that suit the locality and preferences of these fans.

How was it? Please visit these ramen shops, according to the review of tanreisan!

*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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