Ramen around ¥800, Gyoza ¥500
- 1 Chome-32-8 Asagayaminami, Suginami, Tokyo
- Distance from Station:
- 7 minutes on foot from JR Asagaya Station (South Exit), 4 minutes on foot from Tokyo Metro Minami-Asagaya Station
- 03-6383-2885 (Japanese only)
- 11:30am – 10:00pm (or until the shop runs out of soup)
- Japanese only; English menu available.
Pleasant Ramen Atmosphere, Exquisite Taste
[published December 2019]
Ramen Ishibashi opened in the Asagaya Pearl Center in January 2019. The front of the shop does not look like a usual ramen shop, but perhaps more like an Italian restaurant. The shop interior is bright and clean with the white walls and a wooden counter, and the kitchen can be seen from every seat. Mr. Testsuya Ishige, the owner of the shop, has 30 years of experience as a cook of Sechuan and Beijing cuisine. In his younger days he traveled throughout Japan to find good ramen and hoped to serve ramen that could appeal not only to serious ramen fans but also to men and women of all generations.
Many years of trials resulted in his Shio (Salt) Ramen (790 yen). The soup is made fresh with three kinds of salt used from both Japan and abroad. For the chashu, rather than the usual roasted pork, roasted chicken is used. He uses only Shingen chicken, raised in Yamanashi Prefecture, because the meat is less oily and fatty than ordinary Japanese chickens. The chicken chashu is not oily at all, but it is very juicy, and it goes very well with the simple ramen flavors. The noodles are made of whole wheat, so they are chewy and more flavorful. If you prefer chewier noodles, Tori Hakuto Tsukemen (800 yen) is recommended. This is chicken soup tsukemen, meaning that the noodles and the soup are separated in different bowls for dipping. You can sprinkle lemon juice, juice from yuzu (an aromatic citron), or pepper on the noodle depending on your preference.
Shoyu ramen, or soy sauce ramen (830 yen) is also popular. The soup is made with a blend using Tamasa Shoyu, a high grade soy sauce produced in Chiba Prefecture. Gyoza dumplings (500 yen for 5 pieces) are also a hit, and they come with some of Ishibashi’s special salt on the plate.
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