Try Tomato and Shrimp Ramen Beloved by Japanese Office Workers!
Sep 06, 2018
Office workers, known colloquially as “salarymen” in Japanese, are known for going drinking after work. It is not uncommon to see a group of people dressed in office clothing wandering around Shinjuku around midnight. Before heading home, it is common to finish the night with a bowl of ramen. The warm soup and familiar taste is comforting before catching the last train home and heading to bed.
Due to the high concentration of office workers, Shinjuku is regarded as a battlefield for ramen shops. Today, I will introduce you to a shop that is popular among salarymen, a group that really knows their ramen.
Tsukemen Gonokami Seisakusho
Tsukemen Gonokami Seisakusho’s specialty is their shrimp tomato tsukemen. Tsukemen is a type of ramen where the ramen noodles and broth are served in different bowls. You then dip the noodles into the broth, so a common English translation is “dipping noodles”.
The restaurant is located 6 minutes by foot from the South Exit of JR Shinjuku Station and Odakyu Shinjuku Station. Although I came on a rainy weekday, there was still a wait.
Don't Forget to Buy a Ticket!
Remember to buy a ticket before lining up! At ramen shops, it is common to buy a ticket with your order from a ticket vending machine.
I chose the “Shrimp Tomato Tsukemen with a Seasoned Soft Boiled Egg and Extra Cooked Meat”, which is the most popular choice among women. Each button on the ticket vending machine is written in both Japanese and English, so you don’t need to worry about ordering the wrong thing!
When the staff takes your ticket, you can tell them what size you want – small, medium or large. If you choose the small one, the staff will add cheese to your soup!
Trying the Tsukemen
Finally, it was my turn to be served!
You can easily peek into the kitchen and see how busy the staff is.
The wheat noodles made in house were wonderful, as were the pieces of toast sprinkled with basil that came with the noodles. The basil went well with the miso and tomato soup. The portions are quite large, so if you can’t eat a lot I recommend ordering the small size.
The shrimp is fried first in order to keep it tender and sweet, and then boiled in miso soup until the miso becomes creamy. The tomato soup also includes pork, eggs and cheese so the soup is a harmonious mix of seafood, meat and vegetables.
My salaryman friend chose the shrimp and pork tsukemen. If you love meat, then this is the dish for you. You can eat vegetables later!
Different from other tsukemen, the soup at Tsukemen Gonokami Seisakusho is never greasy. As the soup includes so many flavors, each bite tastes a little different so you’ll never get tired of eating it. Even those who are tired of ramen still love this one! The second you try it, you’re sure to be in love with it too!
Tsukemen Gonokami Seisakusho
Address: 1F, 5-33-16, Sendagaya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Although there are tons of ramen shops in Shinjuku, this one is a favorite among salarymen for a reason! Be sure to check it out.
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