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Sorry for the lack of posts these last few days, but Marvel’s creative summit has kept me otherwise occupied. But it’s back to business today, with a few last Tokyo tidbits for you, starting with a rather unique ramen joint I discovered thanks to my buds at Brutus magazine… Afuri Ramen!
You walk into Afuri and it looks like any other ramen restaurant you find littered across Tokyo…
But then, when you get to their ticket machine, you immediately notice what makes Afuri different from all the other guys… YUZU RAMEN! Yes, that’s right, they add the popular Asian citrus fruit into most of their noodle dishes!!
Plus, for an extra 100 yen you can get special hand cut noodles, which, again, I found were thicker than usual, which has been the case in most of my bowls this Tokyo trip.
But after you’ve made your initial selection, gotten your ticket and found a seat, there’s another decision you’re forced to make… what kind of soup you want to have your yuzu and ramen in! They offered two kinds…
One is a chicken based stock with fish and konbu, the other is a tanmei soup with “chicken oil”.
I went with yuzu shiokoji ramen with their special noodles in the chicken soup…
With pork, of course!
The taste did throw me at first. The yuzu, while somewhat subtle, still hits first and hits hard. I think it’s flavor stands out as yuzu is not something you expect to find in a bowl of ramen. Your senses just aren’t accustomed to it. But as the soup swirls and the fat from the pork mixes with the chicken and yuzu, your palette adjusts and it becomes an interestingly enjoyable taste trifecta!
Afuri’s thick handmade and handcut “Shinku Temomen” noodles…
My buddy Abe-san got tsukemen, which you mix and dip into a side soup yourself, and I figured I’d show you his as well as it looked great…
If you’re looking for something off the regular ramen path, I’d highly recommend a trip to Afuri next time you’re in Tokyo!
117 Bldg. 1F, 1-1-7 Ebisu-Minami Sibuya-ku, Tokyo, Japan
Open till 4am