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.
Purchase a Ticket
We need to purchase a ticket at a vending machine before having seats. Employees would assist you if necessary.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
OK, let’s call it a day.
How do you find it? If you like ramen, it may be worth a try. It’s a whole new experience.
See you around!
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.
||Kurume Ramen Seiyoken (Suwanomachi store)
||1798-6 Suwanomachi Kurume-shi, Fukuoka
||Weekdays: 11:30 – 21:30
Saturdays, Sundays ad holidays: 11:00 – 22:00
Closed on 3rd Tuesday every month and January 1st
How do you find it? There are actually several locations in Fukuoka. If you are around, you should try one.
See you around!