Menya Gokkei – Soup you can eat; the pinnacle of thick ramen broth right here in Kyoto
Situated in Kyoto's ramen holy land of Ichijoji, Gokkei is a ramen shop famous for its super thick chicken ramen. The ramen broth at Gokkei is so thick, in fact, that it's rumored that your ramen spoon can stand up in it.
Literally translating to "extreme (gok) chicken (kei)," Gokkei serves exactly what you'd expect, chicken ramen. And it's thanks to this chicken stock base that, while being super thick, the soup can maintain such good flavors without being disgustingly gross smelling.
Captivating people with the great flavor and sheer impact of their ramen, Gokkei now boasts lines out the door of loyal fans daily.
While it certainly helps to make it look impressive, Gokkei's ramen isn't merely a gloopy mess. The ramen actually offers a perfectly calculated balance of not just soup but toppings and specially made noodles as well.
Making sure not to be beaten out by the soup, the noodles are uniquely angular and are slightly tough.
Then there's the giant pork chashu; a piece of sliced pork belly so big it covers half the bowl. On top of it all, there's the thinly sliced strings of leek, offering an amazing punchy accent, and the satisfyingly chewy super-sized menma bamboo shoots.
Gokkei offers four varieties of ramen based on their signature thick "tori-daku" broth, each with different toppings and flavorings. So while it might be best for fans of lighter ramen to avoid Gokkei, if you're a fan of thick ramen and richly flavored broths, then Gokkei is where it's at.
Also, don't forget to make sure you're good and hungry before going!