Enjoy spicy soy sauce ramen near Kinkakuji
Tampopo is a Ramen restaurant located a 15-minute bus ride from Kitaoji Subway Station, near Kinkakuji. This restaurant’s specialty is impressive-looking ramen that is topped with loads of chili pepper and spring onion.
Tampopo opened in 1947. Befitting a restaurant with so many years in the business, all of the furniture gives the impression of long years of careful use. The interior exudes a unique nostalgic atmosphere, so if you are interested in old-fashioned Japanese ramen shops, it is definitely worth a visit.
Ramen (+ Negi Oomori)
Tampopo’s specialty, Ramen.
The ramen is soy sauce-based. While the chili pepper sprinkled all over it makes it look extremely spicy, in contrast, the soup is surprisingly light yet flavorful. When you actually try it, there is hardly any heat, just a slight spicy tingling in the aftertaste.
We personally recommend getting it with Negi Oomori (extra spring onion). The extravagant heap of spring onion not only adds to the visual impact, it also complements the soy sauce-based soup perfectly, so you will feel like you can never have enough.
Another Tampopo specialty is Butashabu Ramen.
This is the regular ramen with added boiled pork. The texture and flavor of the pork blends with the soup, letting you enjoy a different flavor from the regular ramen. We recommend it if you seriously want to enjoy the ramen experience to its fullest. Personally, we recommend adding garlic to this ramen. It adds a depth and richness to the flavor that makes it even more delicious.
Yakimeshi is a standard at ramen restaurants. Compared with the Yakimeshi at a typical ramen restaurant, the rice is slightly softer, with mild, unpretentious flavoring, which makes it perfect to eat like white rice paired with the ramen.
Generally, you cannot order Yakimeshi on its own, so if you want to eat it, you will have to order it as a set with ramen. If you pay an extra ¥250 on top of the ramen you want to order, they will bring you Yakimeshi to go along with it.
If you want to add a little extra accent to your Ramen or adjust the flavor, try adding some of the tobanjan (a paste made from broad beans and chili peppers) on the table. Adding the bold spiciness of tobanjan to your Ramen lets you enjoy a different flavor. However, it is quite spicy, so be sure not to add too much.