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Wednesday, February 29, 2012

YURAKUCHO: Hyottoko Ramen in the dungeons of Yurakucho's Tokyo Kotsu Kaikan bldg.

Mari worked in this building several years ago and highly suggested this little ramen shop with only 7 counter seats... Looking at the pictures of Ramen its not the oily thick mess that is Ramen Jiro (which I prefer) but a light base with fairly thin noodles. 

Push button Ramen starts at 650yen... Remember push the top left hand button if you get lost... Its always the shop recommended ramen.  
(*** After letting Mari know I tried this place out she highly suggested having the 700yen Yuzu Flavored Ramen, give it a try! ***)

A full house at 4pm... and rotation is quick but there was never an empty seat thru my meal.

Free tea on the table.

And there it is!  A very very light soup base (tasted like chicken soup) with strips of bamboo, half boiled egg but the very best thing about this ramen was the pork (charsui) that was EXTREMELY tender!  Without the pork this would simply be a very basic ramen (like instant Charumela Ramen) without much impact...

They say when you are young you crave thick unhealthy Tonkotsu Ramen but as you get older a lighter ramen is what adults prefer... the crowd was definitely in their late 30's thru 50's. 

The Tokyo Kotsu Kaikan can be a spot where most tourists simply walk past but there are an incredible number of shops inside... many of which seemed to have been around for 50 yrs selling trinkets and grandma' clothes. This place also houses many prefectural stores selling vast numbers of local goods (Hokkaido, Hakata, Osaka etc).  I'd definitely stroll thru this building if u have the time.

Overall a Ramen that will satisfy your craving but lacks the punch that many others offer...but I assume there is a strong following for Hyottoko Ramen as their foodie points is a fairly high 3.61.

Shop: Hyottoko Ramen
Address J: 東京都千代田区有楽町2-10-1 東京交通会館 B1F
Address E: Tokyo, Chiyoda-ku, Yurakucho 2-10-1, Tokyo Kotsu Kaikan B1F

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