Tsunashima Shoten is located just outside the east exit of Tsuanashima Station. I’ve been there a number of times, but this was my first visit in nearly a year. Tsunashima Shoten serves Yokohama Iekei (literally “home-style”) ramen, which has a shoyu-tonkotsu (醤油豚骨) base. This place is usually busy, and there are often people queued up outside in the evening. We went on a Monday afternoon just before 2:00 and didn’t have to wait for a table.
The shop is very bright and colourful, both inside and outside, and the staff are very friendly. They energetically welcome customers to the shop and thank those who are leaving, all while shouting orders to the chefs. In fact, their T-shirts say 煩くてすみません (“We apologize for being so noisy.”). I don’t mind the noise as it adds to the atmosphere.
All iekei ramen shops offer to adapt the firmness of noodles, richness of soup and oil content to suit the taste of each customer. I requested firm noodles (かため), but left the soup as it was. Like most iekei ramen, the soup here is rich, salty and a bit oily. It tastes fantastic at first, but it sometimes gets a bit heavy towards the end. It was topped with spinach, three pieces of nori seaweed, a quail egg, some chopped leek and a soft, thick piece of chashu.
Iekei noodles are thick and a bit wavy. As I mentioned above, I requested firm noodles. I’m not a bit fan of soft noodles, so I always request them firm. They were just right.
I prefer the original Yokohama iekei shop, Yoshimura-ya. But Tsunashima Shoten is a good local option. The soup is a bit salty, but it’s full of flavour, and has excellent chashu and delicious noodles.
Location: Just outside Tsunashima Station’s East Exit
Price: From 650 yen
Seating: 10 counter seats and 3 tables (8 seats)