There is something magical about Ramen - that people seem to enjoy every bit of its tangy noodles and every spoon of its boiling hot soup. Whether it's summer or winter, it's the comfort food representative in every Japanese person's mind. And the great thing about Japan is that a lot of restaurants and izakayas (informal Japanese style pub) are open all day and night long, so people can pop in at any time they want - whether it's straight after work, or many hours after work.
The place I wanted to show you today is the Kohmen restaurant in Ueno. Ueno is famous for its huge Ameya-Yokocho market where you can find absolutely everything. The Ueno Zoo and the Ueno Park where crowds will fill up every spot to see the Sakura flowers in the cherry blossom season (late-March to early-April). Kohmen is a Ramen restaurant located just outside the Keisei Ueno station (not to confuse yourself with the JR line - though they are pretty close to each other).
once you enter, the restaurant has multiple stories. The first floor (1st floor in Japan is Ground floor in other countries) has a counter table layout, and if you head upstairs, you are greeted with a warm dining table area. We were seated on the second floor. The entire restaurant had a very Japanese wooden theme, that makes you feel warm and relaxed.
My pork broth based Tsukemen was absolutely delicious.
Every ramen restaurant has its own specialisation in the soup broth flavour. Usually you can choose from sea-salt, pork stock, soy sauce base, miso base, or chicken stock. Kohmen specialises in pork stock, and that's what we had to go for. In addition to all the traditional ramens - noodles, broth, vegetables, meat and toppings, we ordered something called the 'Tsukemen' which is a basically a deconstructed ramen. The soup broth and ingredients will come in one bowl, and the noodles will be served in another bowl. The concept of this noodle dish is for you to dip in the noodles into the soup before you eat it. You can order your noodles do be already hot, or cold - either way is fine but I went for the hot. Like many other ramen restaurants, you can also choose on the al-dente-ness of your noodle, and the fattiness of your soup broth.
The taste? It was awesomely great! The flavours you get from that soup broth just boosts in your mouth as you dip your noodles round and round in the broth for the next bite. Oh and don't forget to 'slurp' when you eat. This is the sound you make of sucking the noodles and the soup strongly. Don't worry, this is not considered rude. In fact, it is actually favourable to do so as it is demonstrating that you are enjoying the meal!
In addition to the ramen, you can also order side dishes that compliment the ramen. Usually Gyoza (fried dumplings) are great, but this day I felt like Sui-Gyoza (boiled dumplings)
Kohmen has a very long opening hour timeframe, which allows you to enjoy a meal at anytime - lunch. Dinner or late night supper! This restaurant is a definite recommendation if you are visiting the Ueno area. Don't forget to check out the other great restaurant around though (will introduce in later blogs) as there are just a ton of them, including the wonderful street food you can buy at the Ameya-Yokocho market.
Ramen Kohmen Ueno 光麺 上野店
Address: Japan, Ueno Silk Building 1F, 4-8-8 Ueno, Taito-ku, Tokyo
Opening Hours: Monday - Thursday 10:30 a.m. – 6:00 a.m.
Friday 10:30 a.m. – 7:00 a.m.
Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 a.m.
Sunday/public holiday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 a.m.
Average spend: 1200 yen
Access: Whether you are taking the Keisei Line or JR line, hop off at Ueno station. The store is located on the other side of the road from the Keisei Ueno main exit.
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