Kururi Ramen Shinjuku : Tokyo's Best Miso Ramen

At Kururi Ramen, the veggies are fried separately.

A trip to Japan is not complete without doing a ramen pilgrimage, and Tokyo is the perfect culinary mecca for that. With more than 5000 ramen shops all over the city, one couldn’t run out of options. The question is: where to start?

I stumbled upon Brian Mackduckston’s Ramen Adventures and the name Kururi Ramen Shinjuku stood out to me the most, as a friend had recommended it before. After a quick research, I discovered that it was also crowned as one of the top three ramen by CNN Travel.

And so the pilgrimage begins!

Kururi Ramen is worth the wait
Waited for almost half an hour, but worth the wait!

Just from the long queue in front of the store, you could definitely size up the popularity of Kururi Ramen Shinjuku. In front of me was almost twenty people willing to stand out in the cold. I suppose, the waiting is part of the secret ingredients. It keeps you expectant and builds your hunger, so that once you’re in you are more than ready to eat whatever they serve.

After about half an hour, I got in, then the staffs directed me to the ramen vending machine. Here you can choose your ramen, pay, and get your ticket. The ticket is also your order check, so give it to the waiter and they’ll start preparing your meal.

Kururi Ramen vending machine
Choose your ramen on the vending machine, pay, and get your ticket
Kururi Ramen Interior - Small but big enough.
It takes two to tango. Two is more than enough actually.
A big bowl of flavorful Kururi miso ramen, I couldn't finish it myself
A big bowl of flavorful Kururi miso ramen, I couldn’t finish it myself

I had their Signature Miso Ramen, and while waiting I couldn’t help noticing in awe how a two-man operation could reach a worldwide recognition. After a while I realized, other than the flavorful broth, the ‘crack factor’ was the vegetables that they fried together with miso paste. They would pour it as the finishing touch to each bowl of ramen before serving it to the clientele.

I savored every bit of it with excitement. All other patrons around me were slurping their ramen like a kid who hasn’t eaten for days, and so I followed them slurping. That’s the best way to enjoy ramen I suppose, and a way to respect the chefs. Don’t forget the ‘oooh’ and ‘aaah’ while you shed your sweat from your face.

The thick milky broth of Kururi Ramen
See the thick milky broth?

For me, all the components in Kururi Ramen are just right. The foamy, milky, rich broth. The texture of the noodle. The pork. The fried miso veggies. It all adds up to create a mouthful of umami experience. I left the place with a big smile, a deep arigatou-gozaimasu bow, and a promise that my ramen pilgrimage should not stop here.
Stay tune for more ramen loving,

Fellexandro Ruby
Instagram : @captainruby
Twitter : @wanderbites

Kururi Ramen Shinjuku

Map: 3-2 Ichigaya Tamachi
Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo, Japan

Opening hours:
Monday to Saturday – 11AM to 9PM

Phone: +81 (0) 3 3269 0801
Website: www.men-kururi.jp

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Fellexandro Ruby

Food photographer, and story teller sharing his passion in food, travel, culinary hits and highlights. Always on the mission to make you drool. Founder of Wanderbites.com


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  • Oh my, look at the cloudy broth! I would like a dip in there, thanks. Did you say you didn’t finish the whole bowl, Rubs? Is it that big? Anyway keep the ramen porn coming!

    • It is THAT big Irene. The broth is just half of the equation. The veggie fried together with miso is the other half.

      Will certainly do. I got few more to come. Stay tuned!

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