tsukemen gachi: you should give this dipping ramen a chance
What is this? A DIPPING ramen? Like how you would dip french fries in ketchup? This concept is the underdog of the ramen world, even more so than the ramen burger that was such a fad. Since it's such an overshadowed part of this cuisine you could be forgiven to possibly never have come across this dish at all.
'Tsukemen' - literally noodles accompanied by soup for dipping - is usually served cold, and to be honest I've come across it plenty of times on menus and given it a miss for more interesting dishes.
One place in Tokyo changed my mind about all this and it's because they serve it with an unorthodox hot broth. And this thick chicken broth is DECADENT. It's LUSCIOUS. It's made for slicking lengths of chewy noodles through for a luxurious coat of deliciousness.
Like most Japanese outlets, you make your choice and purchase via a vending machine before handing the tickets to the chefs over the counter. There are 3 broth choices: red (spicy), white (salty chicken), or Teriyaki. Pick all of them because they're worth a taste. I personally loved the red. True to most Japanese chillies it's not very spicy at all. Lastly, don't be a wuss. Go for the Sio DX upgrade. Toppings include a greaseless, crisp fried chicken, fried bamboo and ajitama ramen egg. Then tuck in to this mind-blowing awesomeness! This needs to go international!
Tsukemen Gachi Address: 2-17-10 Shinjuku, Tokyo 160-0022, Japan Phone:+81 3-5368-2637 Hours: Tuesday 11:00 am – 11:00 pm, closed on Mondays Nearest station: Shinjuku-Sanchome Station, exit C7. It's about a 5 min walk from the exit.