There are so many different ramen restaurants in Japan from Pufferfish ramen to Matcha Ramen but Afuri Ramen is one of the only restaurants that specialize in Yuzu flavored Ramen!
Yuzu is a citrus fruit that is commonly used in Japanese cuisine. Even though it looks like a lemon, it isn’t as edible as a lemon. It is extremely sour and its zest and juice are used for flavoring in the kitchen.
It is also used in ozõni, a traditional Mochi soup that is made during the New Year. The Yuzu really brings out a unique flavor to the ozõni that nothing else can resemble.
Afuri’s signature ramen is their Yuzu Shio Ramen (salt-based) which ingredients includes chicken & dashi-based broth, half nitamago(soft boiled egg soaked in a marinade), chashu, mizuna(a leafy green vegetable that’s native to East Asia), menma(bamboo shoots), and nori(seaweed).
If you prefer other types of ramen other than Shio Ramen, they also have Yuzu Shoyu Ramen (soy sauce based) with the same exact ingredients.
Suppose you don’t feel like trying yuzu. In that case, they also have non-yuzu flavored ramen like traditional shio and shoyu ramen, Tsukemen, also known as dipping ramen which comes with thick bouncy noodles and cold dipping Tare in separate bowls, and rice bowls with meat!
They also have a rainbow vegan Ramen that is 100% vegetable-based broth with fresh seasonal vegetables and wheat noodles blended with lotus root.
Even more exciting, they have exclusive limited menus by season. Some of them include “Sakura Shrimp Shio Ramen”, “Paitan Ramen” and “Chestnut’s Tantanmen”.
I first noticed when walking into the Shinkuju spot was that the only customers were women. Ramen shops are usually known to have salary men who are coming in for a quick bite but Afuri was different. I also noticed that a lot of the workers also were women. It felt somewhat like a safe spot for women ramen lovers.
I love anything spicy so I got the Yuzu Ratan Ramen. The red hot appearance is really what got me interested in it. The Yuzu Rantan Ramen has chicken & dashi-based spicy broth, half nitamago(soft boiled egg soaked in a marinade), chashu, mizuna(a leafy green vegetable that’s native to East Asia), menma(bamboo shoots), white negi(scallion), and nori(seaweed). Its basically their signature yuzu shio ramen but with spicy broth 🤤
It’s definitely not as spicy as it looks but I did go through an entire jug of water by myself 😆
Yuzu flavored Ramen is definitely something that has to be tasted to know how good it truly is. Located in different places in Tokyo like Harajuku, Ebisu, Nakameguro, Roppongi, and Azabu-Juban. There’s no way you won’t pass by one during your time in Tokyo!
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