What a better way to spend the day eating ramen. We decided to take a day trip out to Yokahama to visit the Raumen Museum. this was the world’s first food themed restaurant park. There are nine ramen shops showcasing Japans most famous ramen from the various regions.
The museum is set in a replica 1958 street when the first in stand ramen was invented. It is more of a food amusement park then an actual museum. The admission fee was 300 yen.
Yoji Iwaoka decided to combine his love for his hometown with his passion for ramen by opening the Ramen Museum, which, according to the official brochure, was “the first food amusement park to be created anywhere in the world.”
Each ramen shop offers smaller tasting size aswell as normal size servings. I was on a mission to try all nine of the ramen, but ended up only trying four of them.
The museum encourages that each adult orders a bowl of ramen each. However for most of the places to tried, we managed to order one bowl between the two of us.
Genkotsu-Ya was the first ramen store we encountered. The primary reason why we dine here was the lure of the large goyza they had on offer which apparently you cannot find anywhere else.the broth is based on pork and chicken bone with tuna and kelp providing a medium weight broth served with a medium noodles.
We ordered the most basic ramen soup which consisted of lost of chopped spring onion and preserved turnip, a piece of dried seaweed and a piece of char siu. We were happy that they let us share one bowl between the two of us, as I knew this was the first of many bowls of ramen we were going to consume. The ramen was quite nice, perhaps it was because I was hungry. the broth was clear, the char siu was fairly lean.
The goyza was so large that it was a meal in itself. One word of warning is that you need to be careful when you bite into it, as it is piping hot and it contains a fair bit of juice similar to a xiao long bao.
The goyza lost its novelty after a few seconds receiving it. I found it to be quite messy to eat as the filling was dropping out.
Sumire – The most famous miso ramen shop in Japan
This miso ramen shop has a name-recognition that spans the entire country. Their soup so thick and yet so fragrant; you’ll never forget a spoonful of it. Hokkaido-style noodles, medium-thick, slightly hard and curvy that don’t let the rich soup’s magnificence get the best of them.
I found the ramen here to be very oily as you can clearly see a film of oil floating on the top. Initial impressions of the broth was savoury, thick and salty, quite nice to say the least. Noodles were quite thick. The char siu was fatty however very tasty.
Ganja – The original thick sauce dip-ramen
With their never seen before, original brand of thick dipping sauce, ground fish powder and super thick noodles with a texture somewhere between the best qualities of al dente pasta and udon, this ramen shop started the dip-ramen craze in Japan.
The ramen consisted of pork, bamboo shoots, fish cake and egg. The marinated egg was perfectly cooked with a delicious gooey soft egg yolk.
Thick oily sauce but not as oily as Suimire. The dipping sauce was a fish based broth that was not distinctively fishy. The char sui melted in your mouth with eat mouthful.
This ramen store was swept away during the 2011 Sendai earthquake. Which has be replicated here at the ramen museum. Kamone ramen broth is a mixture of chicken bone and seafood with a flavor that invokes the essence of the ocean.
The broth is clear and light made from chicken and seafood giving a distinct flavour. The cha siu is very lean and noodles are very thin. One annoying thing I found with this place is that they did not allow us to share one bowl of ramen between two. Plus 1 and I ‘paper, sissors and rocked’ it to determine who was going to go in. I won. Which meant I had to finish the entire bowl of ramen, and gosh I was bloated by the time I came out.
I was soo full and so thirsty having consumed so many bowls of ramen. I hate to think what my calorie count would have been that day, I could barely eat anything else for the remainder of the day. It was a great experience stepping back in time, feeling like you were in Tokyo in 1958 eating the most famous ramen in Japan all under the one roof
It definitely is a good place to visit if you have extra time.
Location: 2-14-21 Shinyokohama, Kohoku Ward, Yokohama, Japan