After having ramen twice in as many days, I decided to make it three in three. But instead of venturing into Tokyo, I stayed a little closer to home and checked out Rasuta (as in rastafarian) near Hiyoshi Station. This shop looks old and has very basic decor. Bob Marley’s “Three Little Birds” played on a loop the entire time I was there.
I ordered a bowl of Rasuta men from the machine but declined the free rice service. Rice with noodles is crazy unless you’re on a high-carb diet. It was served covered in seven pieces of nori.
Under all that nori was half an egg, green onions, steamed spinach, and three pieces of pork.
My first thought was that it looked and tasted like iekei ramen, but there was no sign advertising that style. I wasn’t asked if I wanted to change the flavour of the soup, but the other customers were. It was a bit salty and oily, but not as heavy as you’d expect from other iekei imitators.
The noodles were thick and chewy, and there was a good portion of them.
It’s not often you get three thick pieces of pork. This pork was a little dry but had a really nice texture. I really liked it.
I would’t go out of my way to visit this shop, but if you’re in the area it’s certainly worth checking out.
Location: Less than 5 minutes on foot from Hiyoshi Station.
Price: ¥870 (Rasuta men); ¥620 (ramen)
Seating: 19 counter seats