Where Can You Find the Best Ramen in Japan?

On February 18, the Morikami Museum will screen “Ramen Girl,” featuring the late actress Brittany Murphy, and serve the titular dish.

Since I’ve only had the packaged Ramen Noodles in college, when times were tight, I must rely on Reiko Nishioka to tell you how truly delicious ramen (pronounced “rah-men”) noodles can be, in authentic Japanese style. She remembers a ramen experience…

“Now, I must tell you about the most unique ramen restaurant I ever visited…

I jumped on the Shinkansen (bullet train) from Kyoto to Hakata, in Kyushu, just to eat the famous Hakata-ramen. The trip was very spontaneous, and I did not know where to eat ramen in Hakata, so I asked at the Tourist Information booth.

The Ichiran ramen restaurant was recommended. Inside was a long line of only counter seating, and it was packed with people. I did not see any wait staff anywhere. I noticed individual cubicles, structures with cloth drapes that hung a little below one’s eye level. I noticed the wait staff behind the cloth drapes.  My order was taken, but I never saw the person’s face.

The restaurant wants the diner to only face their ramen dish and not anything else!

The Ichiran’s ramen was truly delicious.  Through this blog, of course, you cannot taste the noodle at Ichiran, but you can see what I am talking about in this website. http://www.ichiran.co.jp/pc/hp/english/index.html

Ramen Girl

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3 thoughts on “Where Can You Find the Best Ramen in Japan?

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