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When you research about Tokyo, you will always come across Akihabara. That's because Akihabara is Tokyo's main "Electric Town" where you can find all things technology. Akihabara has been Tokyo's electric town for decades and has now grown to the point where you can find many multiple-storey buildings just selling computers and household appliances. In the past decade though, Akihabara has started to become well known for its maid-cafe culture. In the middle of all the vibe is a hidden ramen shop where you can find one of Tokyo's best ramens - Jangara.
Jangara was originated from the Kyushu region of Japan, which traditionally specialises in pork bone based soup flavours. Most of its menu is also focused on this traditional flavour. However, you can also find other flavours so suit the tastebuds of Tokyo businessmen. I usually try to visit here every time I am in Japan, and almost every time, I order the Kakuni-Ramen - the Pork Belly Ramen with Pork bone soup.
Is it any good? I'd say they are in a completely different league. Their home made noodles are just so perfectly cooked at al-dente. The pork belly is extremely soft and melts in your mouth without even biting it no the soup is to die for, with such complex flavours fighting for credit. And i'm not saying this because they have been introduced by the press countless times. I'm saying this simply because the ramen that you eat is something you will never forget. So much that you will really want to visit back here every time you return to Tokyo. In fact, a lot of businessmen working around this area choose to come back almost every single day.
It's to only the flavour that is very attractive about Jangara. The shop itself also has a kind of environment that you won't forget as well. The shop only has around 10 seats available, and the space you have in there is so tiny! Each table is a size of your bedside table and they have their condiments and sauces on a. Shelf above you. It's just so cramped in there, but it's worth the experience. Not only is it worth the experience, but it's also worth the wait. Everyday, you will see long queues of people waiting before opening time. If you want to get those first seats, you will have to arrive at least 45 minutes before opening time. Otherwise, you will end up having to wait quite a bit - especially with the very small number of seats!
JaNgara Ramen Akihabara
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