A pioneer of Kyoto Tsukemen
Syakariki is a restaurant, a 10-minute walk from JR Nijo Station, serving Tsukemen, Ramen. This restaurant is known for its seafood Tsukemen, featuring mixed with thick noodles with lots of body. While the Ramen is also good, you should try the Tsukemen if it's your first time here.
“Tsukemen” is essentially a type of Ramen in which the noodles and tsukejiru (dipping soup) are kept separate, and the noodles are dipped in the soup before eating, similar to zarusoba. The soup (tsukejiru) is often more strongly flavored than regular ramen.
Syakariki is something of a pioneer among Tsukemen restaurants in Kyoto, and is still the most popular of such restaurants. You should definitely pay a visit if you like Tsukemen.
Rich Seafood Tsukemen (+All Topping)
Syakariki's most famous dish, Rich Seafood Tsukemen.
Although it uses a bonito soup base, pork, chicken, and other seafood are added to give a complex flavor that cannot be found elsewhere. Even people who don't like fish should try it, as it has none of the bitterness or smell associated with fish. The scent of wheat wafts from the noodles, and the thick noodles are as elastic as udon; it goes well with rich seafood soups.
I personally recommend all the toppings. It costs an extra 550 yen, but adding egg, char siu pork, menma, and more to the tsukemen soup makes Syakariki's Tsukemen even better without being too much.
After finishing the noodles, you should put the rest of the tsukemen soup into the dashi in the pot on top of the table and drink it all up.
Part of Syakariki side menu, it's the BBQ rice.
This dish features char siu pork glazed with a homemade soy sauce, onions, and mayonnaise placed on top of freshly-cooked rice, then grilled from above with a burner. As soon as you take a bite, your mouth will fill with a rich flavor and scent. You will love it.
It's rather heavy, so be careful if you're getting the Tsukemen at the same time.
A light Tsukemen with a salty base. The tsukemen soup is, compared to the Rich Seafood Tsukemen, smooth and easy to digest. I personally think it's rather light; it would go well with the BBQ rice. It's even better after a night of drinking.
If you want to add a special touch to your Tsukemen, add some nira found at your table. The crunchy feel mixed with the pungent spiciness will make your tsukemen taste quite different from usual. Syakariki's nira isn't that spicy, so feel free to add a lot.