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.
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.
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.
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.
It came with a very good portion of thin, wavy noodles. They were softer than I usually like, but they were actually really good.
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.
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.
Location: About a 12-minute walk from Tsunashima Station, opposite Round One. Just follow the giant bowling pin.
Price: From ¥670
Seating: Counter only — about 12 seats