It’s been a hot summer here in Yokohama, and I hadn’t had a bowl of ramen in two months until today.
When I moved back to Japan six years ago, after two years in Canada, I settled in Kanagawa prefecture. One of the first ramen shops I visited was Nakamura-ya in Ebina. I had seen it on a list of the top ramen shops in Kanagawa for the year 2010. I wasn’t very impressed at the time, so I didn’t go back. Until today.
I arrived at 11:30am on a Sunday, and the shop wasn’t busy at all. It’s a very nice, clean shop. It’s small, but it feels bigger due to the high ceilings. Two of the chefs wore t-shirts that read “No Ramen, No Life’. I must say that I completely agree.
Nakamura-ya is known for it’s shio ramen, but I decided to try the shoyu ramen. It was topped with one piece of chashu, steamed spinach, half a soft-boiled egg, bamboo shoots, and finely chopped green onions. The presentation was perfect.
The soup had a soy sauce (shoyu) base with a slightly fishy broth. It was quite thin with a somewhat smoky flavour, most likely from the chashu. There wasn’t a huge amount of soup, which probably made it easier to find room for the toppings and noodles.
The noodles were very thin with average firmness, but the volume was quite large. It’s always nice to have a large portion of noodles. Luckily, I was able to get in 18km of walking afterwards to help burn off the carbs!
One of the highlights of this ramen was the chashu (roasted pork). It came with just one thick piece, but it had such a nice smoky flavour, and it wasn’t chewy like I remembered it six years ago.
Although I’m not a big fan of eggs in general, I do occasionally like a soft-boiled egg with shoyu ramen, especially when the white takes on the colour of the broth.
Nakamura-ya was much better than I remembered. Maybe they’ve changed a few things (like the chashu), or perhaps my tastes have changed. It’s probably a bit of both. The shoyu ramen here is flavourful, but not heavy at all. The generous portion of noodles, excellent chashu, and the lovely soup all make this shop worth checking out if you’re in the Ebina area.
Location: Less than 10 minutes from the Odakyu side of Ebina Station, next to Vina Walk.
Seating: table – 17; counter – 5
Price: Shoyu/Shio ramen – ¥780; Nakamura-ya ramen – ¥980