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Must-eat in Tokyo: Tonkotsu Ramen

A Japanese dish made of Chinese-style wheat noodles served in a broth of either fish or meat, Ramen has its own variation depending on which part of Japan you are visiting. Made with a pork bone broth, Tonkotsu Ramen hails from the Kyushu region of Japan.


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When travelling to Tokyo, you should get yourself a bowl of Tonkotsu Ramen at Hakata Ramen in downtown Tokyo. This chain originated in Kyushu, the birthplace of Tonkotsu Ramen, and has since expanded across Japan due to the success of their irresistible Tonkotsu Ramen.

Thick and rich, Tonkotsu Ramen is created by slow cooking pork bones for around 12 hours until the result is a thick, cloudy, rich broth. When ordering Tonkotsu Ramen, be sure to get a side of Gyoza; when your ramen arrives, be sure to first eat up the noodles and then ask for a ‘kaedama’ (second helping) of ramen noodles for only 100 yen.


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Make Your Own: Tonkotsu Ramen

While you could get arguably the best Tonkotsu Ramen in Tokyo at Hakata Marunouchi, you could also trying making Tonkotsu Ramen at home. Using instant noodles and seasoning sachets, why not try to make Tonkotsu Ramen at home.

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