誠信 Seishin

Seishin is often overlooked because of its proximity to the more popular shop Tougen, but it’s probably my favourite ramen shop in Yokohama. It is conveniently located a 5-minute walk from my apartment, next to the busier Tougen which always has a queue of people waiting. But in my opinion, Seishin is a better option for a nice bowl of ramen. It’s a small but clean and bright shop run by a very friendly young guy.

07 Seishin

Seishin’s speciality is shio-based torikotsu ramen (a broth made from boiling chicken bones). I ordered the tokusei shio ramen (特製塩ラーメン; special salt ramen). It comes topped with chopped onions, boiled spinach, three pieces of nori, half a boiled egg, two pieces of very tender pork loin and two pieces of fatty pork which is so soft it turns to liquid when it hits your tongue.

02 Torikotsu Ramen

The soup has a slightly dark, almost cloudy, colour with some oil on the surface. It’s a little salty but full of flavour.

04 Soup

Free omori (extra noodles) are offered at lunch. I was pretty hungry, so I had the extra noodles. They were firm, square and chewy.

05 Noodles

As I mentioned above, it came with two slices of pork loin (chashu), which was so soft it was almost difficult to pick up as it just seemed to fall apart. But it was so good. (See the picture below.) It also came with two slices of fatty, melt-in-your-mouth pork which just turned to liquid upon entering my mouth. Both types of pork were amazing and I can’t believe they give you two slices of each.

06 Chashu

We also ordered gyoza, which were really good. But with the extra noodles and all that pork, I could only eat one. My wife had the rest.

01 Gyoza

I can’t think of anything bad to say about this ramen. The soup is excellent, the noodles are delicious, and the pork is amazing. It’s beautiful. I have three great ramen shops near my apartment. This one is my favourite ramen shops, not only in my neighbourhood, but probably in all of Yokohama.

Score: 9.5/10

Location: About a 12-minute walk from Tsunashima Station, opposite Uniqlo and Round One. Just follow the giant bowling pin.

Address: 神奈川県横浜市港北区樽町2-2-18

Price: ¥750 – regular; ¥900 – tokusei

Seating: three tables for four, six counter seats

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武虎家 Taketoraya

I’d been to Taketoraya a number of times before reviewing it. But I’d only been there late at night after having too much to drink and catching the last train home from Tokyo. I finally decided to visit during the day and do a proper review. I went on a Monday in mid-December. Taketoraya is a small shop that serves Yokohama iekei ramen.

05 Shop

I ordered a regular-sized bowl of ramen and opted against the free rice service which is made available at lunchtime. My ramen came topped with spinach, nori, green onion, and one thick slice of smoky pork.

01 Ramen

The soup has a nice brown colour. I ordered it with less oil. It’s pretty good, but salty and quite heavy. You definitely feel like you need to drink about two litres of water after eating this ramen. I usually finish all of the soup whenever I have ramen, but I couldn’t finish this soup. I was just too full.

03 Soup

At Yokohama iekei shops, you can order your noodles soft, regular or firm. I always order firm. The noodles were the typical thick Yokohama-style, but they weren’t as firm as I would have liked.

04 Noodles

This isn’t a bad shop. I prefer Tsunashima Shoten for iekei ramen though. I just find the soup is too salty and heavy. I might go back here again, but probably only late at night after a few drinks since it’s the only place in this area that stays open past midnight.

Score: 6/10

Location: About 2 minutes from Tsunashima Station

Address: 神奈川県横浜市港北区綱島東1丁目6−24

Price: ¥650 for nami; free rice at lunchtime

Seating: Counter only – 9 seats

桃源 Tougen

There are a few ramen shops in the area around my apartment. Tougen is the most popular. There is regularly a queue outside the shop, which is why I rarely go there. Luckily, I was able to get a seat after a 15-minute wait on a holiday Monday in November.

08 Shop

Tougen has a nautical theme. It has an oar for a door handle and a porthole for the door window. Inside there are models of boats, diving figures and other ocean-related ornaments. Otis Redding’s “(Sittin’ on) The Dock of the Bay” played while we waited.

01 Inside

I ordered umashio ramen (tasty salt-flavoured) with light tonkotsu. It came with two slices of pork, nori and another type of green seaweed, menma (bamboo) and a boiled egg.

04 Ramen

The soup was white and slightly milky, both in appearance and flavour. I added a scoop of garlic paste, which the chef recommends. It was really nice.

05 Soup

It came with a very good portion of thin, wavy noodles. They were softer than I usually like, but they were actually really good.

07 Noodles

I also ordered a mini chashu don with menma. The chashu (roasted pork) that they use for the donburi at Tougen is unbelievable. I don’t normally order any rice when I have ramen because I don’t need the extra carbohydrates, but I always make an exception at Tougen. The chashu is amazing.

03 Mini chashuudon

I’m really lucky to have three excellent ramen shops near my apartment. Tougen is the most popular, and it’s not hard to see why. The chashu donburi alone is reason to go there. But the ramen is also fantastic.

02 Condiments and Menu

Score: 8.5/10

Location: About a 12-minute walk from Tsunashima Station, opposite Round One. Just follow the giant bowling pin.

Address: 神奈川県横浜市港北区樽町2丁目2-19

Price: From ¥670

Seating: Counter only — about 12 seats