Make your own ramen at the Ramen Factory in Kyoto
Ramen is the soul food of Japan, of which the Japanese can’t live without. Ramen is also something every tourist coming to Japan wants to have a bowl of, or even a few of. And in Kyoto the competition is hard, and there are really many good ramen places. But the most famous among tourists is probably Menbaka Ichidai, more commonly known as “The Fire Ramen Restaurant.” And now that restaurant has opened a ramen school called Ramen Factory where you get to actually learn how to make ramen, starting from the noodles. You also get to make the chicken chashu yourself and mix the soup of the ramen yourself too. So you can make your very own ramen bowl, like no other. The place is located close to Tofuku-ji Temple, and the experience takes around 90-minutes. You have a staff member who tells you what to do, but they also have instructions in English. If you are in Kyoto and like ramen, this is the cooking experience for you! All the ingredients they use are halal, and they even have a praying room for Muslims, so this is one of the most Muslim-friendly places in Kyoto! ▼Click here for Writer's Blog
Knead the noodle dough!
Knead the noodle dough!
You start making the noodles by mixing the water into the flour in three stages, and then mix it well, and then start kneading. You need to fold the dough over 100 times, and punch it while doing this. It’s almost like making a katana! After you have done this, it’s time to flatten the dough a bit, after which it goes into the noodle machine. And then you have fresh noodles!
Make your soup
Make your soup
You can make your soup by choosing first between seafood stock and chicken broth, and then you get to add miso, soy sauce, or salty soup to your soup to make it even more flavorful. This is your chance to make your own one-of-a-kind ramen soup.
Make chashu chicken
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Make chashu chicken
First, start by rolling up your chicken and tie it up with a piece of string. Make sure you tie up the chicken well, otherwise you won’t get the desired chashu-shape. Then add water, soy sauce, and sugar into the pot, and you’re ready. Then you just have to wait. After the chicken is done, you slice it and then get to use a blow torch on the chiccken skin.
Add flavor oils and green onion into your ramen
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Add flavor oils and green onion into your ramen
Last, you get to add flavor oils like garlic oil or Japanese pepper oil into your ramen. You can also add chili and Japanese pepper if you want more punch in your ramen. So, after you’ve added enough of these condiments into your ramen, it’s time to say “itadakimasu!” I’m sure the ramen will be even better than you’d think!
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You get to first watch a video on an iPad which explains to you how to make ramen. Watch this first and then you’re all set to start making some great ramen! 

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It was really exciting, from the way you got to put the dough through the noodle machine all the way to the way you got to scorch the chicken chashu! And best of all was when I got to see my own noodles all ready to be boiled. The taste of my ramen noodles was something I had never had elsewhere, so it was really a nice experience for me. I can really recommend to this to everyone, let’s make some ramen!
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Ramen Factory
Category Cultural Experience
Phone +81 75-741-7104
Address 814-18 Honmachi 15-chome, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture
Directions A 3-minute walk from Keihan or JR Tokufu-ji Station.
Open Hours 11:00 a.m.-8 p.m.
Reservations You can make a reservation online:
Closed Open every day unless otherwise noticed.
Price range
Full 90-min experience: Adults: ¥3,500, children under 12: ¥2.500.
Credit cards Accepted.
Overseas Tourist-Friendly
The place is close to both Tofuku-ji Temple and Tofuku-ji Station, and they even have English and Chinese speaking staff. This is the perfect chance to learn how to make ramen!
Information English and Chinese.
Lanuages spoken English and Chinese.
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