Wakayama Ramen : The Features and Famous Ramen Shops
Ramen is the quintessential Japanese noodle dish that is widely enjoyed in the world and there are many variations of ramen in Japan.
When it comes to Japan’s local ramen noodles, it is generally said that Sapporo miso ramen, Kitakata ramen, and Hakata tonkotsu ramen are the Japan’s 3 most famous local ramen.
Like this, each region of Japan has its own specialty ramen. Among those, there is a local ramen known as what sparked the local ramen boom in Japan.
Wakayama Ramen (和歌山ラーメン)
That is Wakayama ramen, a specialty noodle dish of Wakayama Prefecture. Especially, the city of Wakayama is famous as the center of the ramen.
Wakayama ramen generally has a tonkotsu-shoyu flavor, or a pork bone soy sauce flavor, which is roughly divided into 2 types: One whose broth is pork-bone-based and the other whose broth is soy-sauce-based.
The noodles are straight and thin with a yellow color, and the topping typical consists of “Menma (メンマ)” processed bamboo shoots, “Chashu (チャーシュー)” roast pork slices, chopped green onions, and “Kamaboko (蒲鉾)“.
The Wakayama ramen offered by ramen shops in Wakayama is generally called “Chuka Soba (中華そば)” or simply “Chuka (中華)”.
The amount of noodles in Wakayama ramen is small compared to that of other local ramen, because many customers eat the mackerel sushi “Hayazushi (早寿司)” along with the tonkotsu shoyu ramen.
This custom of eating ramen and sushi together isn’t found in other regions. Besides, most ramen shops in Wakayama place boiled eggs, together with Hayazushi, on the table.
Famous Ramen Shops
As I wrote above, there are 2 types of noodle soups in Wakayama ramen, and here are the 2 ramen shops that represent each type.
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Marutaka is the quintessential ramen shop that offers the Wakayama ramen made with soy-sauce-based soup stock. The ramen isn’t too heavy in taste for its appearance. Rather, it is mild with plenty of umami of pork bones and the body taste of soy sauce.
- Address : 2-50 Tomoda-cho, Wakayama, Wakayama Prefecture (MAP)
- Open : 17:30 to 3:00
- Closed : Sundays
Ide Shoten (井出商店)
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Ide Shoten is the quintessential ramen shop that offers the Wakayama ramen made with pork-bone-based soup stock. The ramen is somewhat heavy as compared to the other type, but not greasy. The broth has lots of umami of pork bones that match well with the taste of soy sauce.
- Address : 4-84 Tanaka-cho, Wakayama, Wakayama Prefecture (MAP)
- Open : 11:30 to 23:30
- Closed : Thursdays
(Reference page of this article : Wikipedia 和歌山ラーメン )