Slurp In Privacy: Tonkotsu Ramen Ichiran (一蘭)

Tonkotsu Ramen Ichiran

Hi there. It’s Mr. Wada back on duty. I would like to introduce Tonkotsu Ramen Ichiran.

Slurp In Privacy: Tonkotsu Ramen Ichiran (一蘭)

Tonkotsu Ramen Ichiran is one of the most popular/famous ramen restaurant chains in Japan and its unique system is quite known. This time we visited a location in Hiroshima City.

Tonkotsu Ramen Ichiran

Purchase a Ticket

We need to purchase a ticket at a vending machine before having seats. Employees would assist you if necessary.

Seats

Alright, let’s have a seat. The biggest difference between Ichiran and other restaurants is that tables are divided by partitions in order to focus on eating with privacy.

Tonkotsu Ramen Ichiran

Customize Your Ramen

Before passing your ticket, you need to fill the form to customize your ramen as you like. You could pick thickness of soup, hardness of noodles, spiciness and so on. When ya ready, leave the form and the ticket at the window right in front of you. Staff will come over and pick them up.

Tonkotsu Ramen Ichiran

Tonkotsu Ramen Ichiran

Focus on Ramen

One weird thing I found is customers don’t face employees at all. I didn’t even see their faces but hands when my ramen got slipped in through the window. Anyway, now it’s time to enjoy the noodles without interruptions.

Tonkotsu Ramen Ichiran

It tastes good! Creamier and richer than average, I would say. After having some, mix the spicy stuff in the middle and make some change.

Tonkotsu Ramen Ichiran

Toppings

If you would like to have toppings or refill noodles (Kaedama), fill in the form and call staff by pressing the button on the table. You shall be served in a sec.

Tonkotsu Ramen Ichiran

Tonkotsu Ramen Ichiran

OK, let’s call it a day.

Information

Website: https://en.ichiran.com/

Lastly

How do you find it? If you like ramen, it may be worth a try. It’s a whole new experience.

See you around!

Kurume Ramen Seiyoken in Kurume, Fukuoka

Kurume Ramen Seiyoken in Kurume, Fukuoka

Howdy? it’s Mr. Wada back on duty. I would like to share our trip to Kurume Ramen Seiyoken in Kurume City, Fukuoka.

Kurume Ramen Seiyoken in Kurume, Fukuoka

Seiyoken is one of the oldest tonkotsu ramen stores in Kurume City, a is a middle-sized city in Fukuoka Prefecture. Let’s find out what makes it so special.

Here we are. Hey look! the ramen-stand-alike gate is attached to the entrance!

 

As soon as I entered the store, I smelled very strong tonkotsu (pork broth). If you are not used to it, it may be shocking. I couldn’t help doing this face. (>n<) Well, my bad. The smell reminded me of food stands in Hakata (Fukuoka).

 

Tonkotsu soup in general is rich and fatty but this place serves very light tonkotsu soup as well. I had regular and Ren (Mrs. Wada) had light one called sukkiri. By the way, a waitress asked me something like ‘would it be OK with kari-kari..’ I wasn’t sure so just said yes. Turns out, she referred to deep-fried crispy pork skin on ramen. (kari-kari = crisp). Ah, I get it. While waiting for my food I got used to the smell more. I guess I’m ready for it. And here comes my tonkotsu ramen. It was pretty good actually. Soup is super rich and noodles are thin just like Bari in Okayama. Gyoza was awesome as well.

 

Ren’s ramen was cool also. Soup is clear but still remains rich.

Definitely recommended!

 

Information

Name Kurume Ramen Seiyoken (Suwanomachi store)
Access 1798-6 Suwanomachi Kurume-shi, Fukuoka
Business Hours Weekdays: 11:30 – 21:30
Saturdays, Sundays ad holidays: 11:00 – 22:00
Closed on 3rd Tuesday every month and January 1st
Contact 0942-32-9736
Website http://seiyo-ken.jp/english/index.php

 

Lastly

How do you find it? There are actually several locations in Fukuoka. If you are around, you should try one.

See you around!