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.
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.
The soup has a slightly dark, almost cloudy, colour with some oil on the surface. It’s a little salty but full of flavour.
Free omori (extra noodles) are offered at lunch. I was pretty hungry, so I had the extra noodles. They were firm, square and chewy.
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.
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.
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.
Location: About a 12-minute walk from Tsunashima Station, opposite Uniqlo and Round One. Just follow the giant bowling pin.
Price: ¥750 – regular; ¥900 – tokusei
Seating: three tables for four, six counter seats