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Clockwise from top left: Shinagawa Station; Kagari Ramen's soup with chicken breast, bamboo shoots,
and nanohana (greens); noodle boxes at Kagari Ramen; and a bowl at Nanashi Ramen in Shibuya.

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chains opening outposts, there
is nothing like your first bowl in
Tokyo. "Everyone has their goto spot that they swear by," says
Manhattan-based travel advisor
Aaron Nir. "The only way to fully
appreciate the almost spiritual
allure of ramen for the Japanese
is to stand in line and wait with
anticipation at the latest, greatest, 'secret' ramen shop."
For the uninitiated, the broth
is typically extracted from pork
bones and flavored with soy
sauce and salt (there are chicken
and fish variations too). Noodles
are wheat based, not made from
rice, and come with myriad
toppings ranging from roasted
garlic to barbecued pork. Some
ramen-ya (ramen shops) specialize in seafood soups. And
then there's tsukemen ramen,
with the noodles served on the
side with a smaller portion of
broth for dipping.
Of course, Tokyo is famous
for food, much of it competing
for travelers' attention in refined
sushi temples and on kaiseki
tasting menus. But overlooking
the country's modest bowls of
soup would be a mistake. In a
way, ramen is the essence of
modern Japan - a relatively new
cuisine, only becoming popular
post-WWII - and it has undergone tremendous experimentation and creative reinvention in
the last decade. That's one reason young Japanese love ramen: It's playful, approachable,
and brimming with flavor.
Especially at night, ramen-ya
become more-casual hangouts
where Tokyoites of all stripes
go for a meal and a beer or two.
It's a great introduction to local
flavor and reveals a side of Japan that's ritualized, but without formalities. Here are five
essential ramen-ya in a variety
of styles and locations around
the city.



Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Virtuoso Life - March/April 2018

Virtuoso Life - March/April 2018
Contents
Editor’s Note
Contributors
The Virtuoso Life
Passport
Bon Voyage
Suite Talk
Inspired By
City to Go
Seat at the Bar
On the Table
Style & Design
Well Traveled
Port of Call
Greater Good
Dossier
In My Bag
My Town
When in Rome
Noodle on This
Interview
Need to Know
Souvenir
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Virtuoso Life - March/April 2018 - The Virtuoso Life
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Virtuoso Life - March/April 2018 - Dossier
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