Ramen is classic Japanese food. If you ask a random person, foreign or Japanese, male or female, what their favorite food is you are highly likely to get “ramen” back as your answer. Ramen is a noodle soup of wheat noodles served in a meat-based broth. Standard flavors include:
- Shio or “salt”
- Tonkotsu or “pork bone”
- Shōyu or “soy sauce”
While you can always find these flavors, you will also find an innumerable amount of regional and local varieties that make a love of ramen a lifelong pursuit for the truly enamored. Your best chance to find and try some of these varieties without traversing the country is the Tokyo Ramen Show. The show is spread out over two different two day periods, each featuring an opportunity to sample 18 different vendors and styles of ramen. Attending both days affords the opportunity to slurp down 36 bowls of the good stuff.
While I seriously doubt anyone could consume that much ramen, the opportunity to try is yours for the taking. Admission to the event is free, but tickets to eat your choice of ramen from a vendor cost 850 yen, making the bill for sampling every variety very reasonable; not including medical expenses related to gluttony.
Tokyo Ramen Show 2017
The Ramen Show takes place at Komazawa Olympic Park, in Setagaya Ward on
- 11/1 through 11/5