Mar. 19, 2019 UPDATE

Fukakusa Seimen Shokudo

- フカクサ製麺食堂 -
Creamy and foamy paitan ramen with chicken and seafood base
Fukakusa Seimen Shokudo is a ramen restaurant a three-minute walk from Fujimori Station on Keihan Honsen Line. The head chef of the restaurant, Mr. Sasaki, started working at restaurants at the age of 18, and is a tried and tested Japanese chef. The head chef takes his experience in making Japanese food and turns that experience into a unique bowl of ramen like none other. Everything at Fukakusa Seimen Shokudo is made from scratch: the soup, the “tare” (also known as ramen spice, usually shoyu, miso, or shio), and the noodles (many other restaurants buy their soup and noodles from a wholesaler). They take special care when making their noodles, they blend only the finest wheat flour and ground flaxseed when making their noodles, and change the blending ratio, thickness, and resting period depending on the type of ramen. Although this restaurant only opened its doors for business three years ago, it has already grown popular thanks to its unique seafood chicken paitan ramen and special limited-time-only ramen offerings. It’s a top class restaurant even in the highly competitive area of Fushimi Chushojima.
Seafood-chicken paitan ramen
Seafood-chicken paitan ramen / ¥800
One of the most classic menu items at Fukakusa Seimen Shokudo is their seafood-chicken paitan ramen with its creamy soup with a gentle taste. The slightly yellow, faintly white soup has a silky beauty to it. The soup has a great balance of chicken stock and the seafood stock containing round herring, small dried sardines, mackerel, auxis, among other seafood. Neither chicken nor seafood stock is overpowering; there is a harmony in the taste. When they do their finishing touches to the soup, the soup is also mixed with air, making it have a foamy, creamy texture. This type of foamy ramen is in Japan called “awa-kei” ramen. But there are not many ramen restaurants that can make proper awa-kei ramen. There is no question about it: Fukakusa Seimen Shokudo is a worthy arrival into the ramen scene of Kyoto with its awa-kei ramen. The noodles are straight and made with a smaller amount of water than normal. They’re a bit on the al dente side and have a nice bite. If you have the noodles with the provided toppings of fine strips of leek and daikon sprouts, you can enjoy a change in the taste. The rather thick slices of chashu pork are rather rare, juicy-but-soft, and you can feel to the umami of the meat to the last drop.
Mazesoba / ¥800
The other classic at Fukakusa Seimen Shokudo is their mazesoba. Mazosoba means ramen without the soup, and you eat it while excitingly stirring the noodles with the toppings of Chinese chive, leek, ground pork, nori, ground dried sardines, egg yolk, and others. Lastly, when you have finished your noodles, I recommend adding the rice you get with the mazesoba into what’s left of the sauces and enjoying the ramen to the last sauce drop. Fukakusa Seimen Shokudo’s mazesoba gets its punch from seafood, and it has a rich sweet-but-spicy taste, and by mixing the ingredients you can enjoy a complex, interesting combination of flavors. Unlike other restaurants, the mazesoba here doesn’t contain a lot of garlic, so you won’t have to worry about having bad breath afterward.
Chicken paitan ramen
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Chicken paitan ramen / ¥750
The chicken paitan ramen at Fukakusa Seimen Shokudo has a very mild and gentle taste. Chicken paitan ramen is usually rich and thick, but here the soup is not that salty, and it has a unique fragrance to it, and brings out the umami of the chicken really well. The toppings are Japanese bunching onion, menma, chili threads, seasoned boiled egg, and thick, rare chashu pork. Like the abovementioned seafood-chicken paitan ramen, each of the ingredients is made carefully, but even so, they do not interfere with the gentle taste of the soup but help the ramen attain a state of harmony, and all that’s left to say is: wonderful! Fukakusa Seimen Shokudo’s ramen is served with some coarsely ground black pepper on it already. This taste matches the chicken paitan ramen wonderfully, and works as a nice accent to the taste.
Shoyu ramen
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Shoyu ramen / ¥750
Fukakusa Seimen Shokudo’s chicken shoyu ramen is made from chicken bones and soy sauce, and its specialty is the refreshingly sharp taste. First, you taste the umami in the chicken. After this, you slowly start tasting the umami and sweetness of soy sauce. The noodles are medium hoso-men, meaning they’re thin at 1.4mm thick. They go perfectly with the soup and this ramen also has black pepper as a nice accent. The gentle taste of the abovementioned seafood-chicken paitan and chicken paitan ramen is great, but the contrastive, refreshingly sharp taste of shoyu ramen is also great. In fact, the number of restaurants that can make great ramen with both paitan and chintan (clear) types of soups is not big. At Fukakusa Seimen Shokudo, no matter which one you choose, you’re not going to regret your choice. If possible I recommend tasting both.
How to Order

Fukakusa Seimen Shokudo menu

First, buy a ticket from the ticket machine in front of the restaurant. Put some money into the machine and press the button of the ramen you’d like to have. They have no menu in English, so I recommend looking up the Chinese characters for the ramen you want to order beforehand. Note that if there is a line, you have to buy your tickets before you join the end of the line. In some ramen restaurants the order is the opposite, so be careful of not doing things the wrong way.


Also, as they only seat nine people at a time and as the restaurant is popular, you often have to line up. At maximum you may have to line up for anything between 30 minutes and an hour, so please make sure you have enough time when coming to eat here. 

- Order Tips -

tips - Fukakusa Seimen Shokudo

Try adding garlic, curry powder, and red pepper to the mazesoba. The taste changes every time you sprinkle these spices on the noodles, so you can enjoy many different flavors in just one bowl of ramen. 

They also have two side dishes, karaage chicken and chashu pork rice bowl, and I recommend ordering them with your ramen. I especially recommend the karaage chicken; it’s so juicy and full of the umami of fried chicken, plus the portion is big and great value. 

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I can’t even keep count of how many bowls of ramen I have eaten, but I can safely say that the best ramen in the Fushimi Chushojima area is this one, Fukakusa Seimen Shokudo. The reason for this is that at Fukakusa Seimen Shokudo you can feel astonished by the ramen (of course, it’s also delicious). The reason for my astonishment is in the harmony of the ingredients. Getting all the different tastes to work together takes great skill. From my first sip of the soup, I could taste all the ingredients. I felt extremely excited just thinking about what my soup was made from. Among the awa-kei ramen restaurants of Kyoto, this restaurant can be considered to be top-class. It also has a sister restaurant called Menya Ikku that also serves delicious ramen, so if you find Fukakusa Seimen Shokudo to be delicious, I hope you’ll also pay them a visit.
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Fukakusa Seimen Shokudo's ramen is a bit special; their soup is thick and has a nice viscosity to it, making it go delightfully well with the noodles. Because of the viscosity, it feels as if the noodles were sucking up the soup, making them taste even better. They also sometimes have ramen only available for a limited time, and these limited time offers are all excellent, so please try them if they’re available when you go to Fukakusa Seimen Shokudo!
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Fukakusa Seimen Shokudo / フカクサ製麺食堂
Category Ramen
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Address 33-14 Fukakusa Kitoro-cho, Fushimi-ku, Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture
Directions A 3-minute walk (225 meters) from Keihan Fujimori Station.
Open Hours 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. 6:00 p.m.-9:30 p.m.
Reservations Not accepted.
Closed Normally Sundays, but sometimes open on Sundays too. If there is an irregular holiday they will let you know on Twitter.
Price range
Credit cards Not accepted
Good for Solo, With Friends
Overseas Tourist-Friendly
Their menu is only in JApanese, but they can understand some simple English.
Menu Only Japanese
Lanuages spoken Some simple English.
Number of seats 9
Private dining rooms No
Non smoking / smoking Nonsmoking
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