Which flavor of ramen do you like the most? Sho-yu (soy sauce), Shio(salt), Miso, or *Tonkotsu? Those are popular flavors for ramen, but there are also other flavors! Today, I’d like to talk about unique and colorful ramen. (*豚骨Tonkotsu literally means “pork bone” in Japanese. Tonkotsu-soup is prepared by boiling pork bones and vegetables, and the color of soup is cloudy white.)
Seven colored tantan-men (Tokyo Tantan-men RAINBOW)
If you want to know what tantan men is, please refer to the blog post (Delicious and healthy ramen for vegetarians and vegans!) In general, the soup of tantan-men is reddish because of chili-oil. However, there are seven different colored tantanmen at Tokyo Tantan-men RAINBOW! The colors are; red, white, green, purple, orange, yellow and black. (Some of the colors don’t match rainbow, though.)
You can choose the level of spiciness when you hand your ramen-ticket to a shop staff. If you are not a big fan of spicy food, you can choose level one, which is the least spicy.
Red: Standard tantan-men.
White: Soy milk is used for the soup, and it makes the soup milder.
Green: Spinach and soy milk are used for the soup. They use green vegetables for toppings, and this green colored tantan-men is the most popular with women.
Orange: Tomato and carrot are used for the soup, and you can feel their sweetness. One of the toppings is orange cut in bite size.
Purple: Purple colored potato is used for the soup and topping.
Yellow: Curry spices are used for the soup, and it tastes like curry ramen rather than tantan-men.
Black: Black sesame and black vinegar are used for the soup.
After you have your seat, they give a short stick and a small bowl. There’re sesame in the bowl, and you can pound up sesame while you are waiting for your ramen. This sesame is a topping for tantan-men, and you sprinkle it on your tantan-men before you eat. Each tantan-men costs 890 yen.
東京担々麺RAINBOW (Tokyo tantan-men RAINBOW)
Business hours: 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
Address: 1-11-4, Taihei, Sumida-ku, Tokyo
The nearest station is JR Kinshicho station. It takes eight minutes on foot.
東京担々麺RAINBOW 立川ラーメンスクエア店 (Tokyo tantan-men RAINBOW Tachikawa)
Business hours: 11:00 a.m.~11:30 p.m.
Address: 3F Ramen Square, Arearea 2, 3-6-29 Shibasaki-cho, Tachikawa-shi, Tokyo
The nearest station is JR Tachikawa station. It takes about three minutes on foot.
Red and green colored ramen (Taiyou no tomato men) *Taiyou means “the sun” in Japanese.
The color of soup is red, but it is not spicy at all. They use organic tomatoes for the soup made from chicken bones. It is a little bit strange that I felt like I’m having an Italian dish, not ramen. I recommend you should try 太陽のチーズラーメン(Taiyou no cheese ramen). The grated cheese matches tomato soup, and it makes the soup more delicious! The toppings are komatsuna (=Japanese mustard spinach) and sliced grilled chicken. The noodles are straight and thin, and soy milk is used for them. This is one of the reasons that their ramen is popular with women who want to stay healthy.
There are several branch shops of Taiyou no tomato men, but you can try green colored ramen at the one in Shinjuku mylord only. The name of this green colored ramen is バジリコ・パイタン麺 (Baziriko *paitan men.) *Paitan is cloudy whitish soup in Chinese. They use basil paste for the soup, and toppings are fresh tomato, sliced grilled chicken, chopped white leek and fried garlic. I ordered grated cheese as an extra topping. Taiyou no tomato men costs 896 yen, baziriko paitan men costs 810 yen and cheese topping costs 173 yen
太陽のトマト麺 錦糸町本店 (Taiyou no tomato men Kinshi-cho head shop)
Business hours: 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m. (Mon~Thu), 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 a.m. (Fri and Sat), 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m. (Sun and holidays)
Address: 1F, Sho-wa daiichi building, 1-11-8, Koutou-bashi, Sumida-ku, Tokyo
The nearest station is JR Kinshi-cho. It takes about five minutes on foot.
太陽のトマト麺Next 新宿ミロード店 (Taiyou no tomato men Next Shinjuku mylord shop)
Business hours: 11:00 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Address: 7F, Odakyu Shinjuku Mylord, 1-1-3, Nishi-shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
The nearest station is JR Shinjuku (South Exit). It takes about one minute on foot.
Orange colored ramen (SOBA DINING QUATTRO)
The base flavor of this ramen is shio and soy milk, but the color of the soup looks orange because of shrimp oil. The toppings are boiled shrimp, boiled egg, broccoli, tomato, sliced avocado wrapped in bacon and finely sliced wood ear mushroom. The soup is very flavorful thanks to the shrimp oil, and you can feel as if you are eating shrimp when you drink the soup.
This ramen restaurant’s name is SOBA DINING QUATTRO. Quattro means four in Italy, and they have four types of ramen. Each ramen has name, and the ramen with shrimp oil is 川(Kawa, which means river in Japanese).
SOBA DINING QUATTRO
Business hours: 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. (Mon~Fri), 11:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. (Sat, Sun and holidays)
Address: 6-8-9 Minami-oi, Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo
The nearest station is JR Omori station. It takes about seven minutes on foot.
Tel#: Not open to the public
Clear yellow with white colored ramen (Due Italian)
Taiyou no ramen has grated cheese as a topping, but the white colored thing in this ramen is cream cheese! The ramen’s name is フロマージュ(Fromage) and it means cheese in French. (What I can’t understand is why they didn’t name this ramen in Italy even the name of the ramen restaurant is “Italian”. Why~?) The best way of having this ramen is to start eating the cheese part so you can enjoy the richness of creamy cheese.
After that you mix the cheese into the soup made from chicken broth. The toppings are uncured ham, boiled egg, and chopped green onion. They serve the ramen with rice(with red beans), so you can put the rice into the ramen soup after you finish eating the noodles. It is like a risotto.
黄金の塩らぁ麺 ドゥエイタリアン (Golden shio ramen, Due Italian)
Business hours: 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. (Mon to Fri), 11:00 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. (Sat), and 11:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. (Sun)
Address: 1F, Fuji building, 4-5-11, Kudan-minami, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
The nearest station is JR Ichigaya station. It takes about five minutes on foot.
ラーメン ドゥエ エド ジャパン （Ramen Due Edo Japan）
Business hours: 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. (Mon to Fri), Closed on Sat, Sun and holidays.
Address: B1F, Hibiya park front building, 2-1-6, Uchisaiwai-cho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
The nearest station is Kasumigaseki of Tokyo metro Hibiya-line and Chiyoda-line.
I hope you can find your favorite ramen in Japan!