Part II of finding the best ramen stall at Ramen Champion continues… This time we visit Jyoshoken, Muso and Tokyo Ninja. (See our reviews of the other ramen shops at Ramen Champion here)
Jyoshoken is a Tsukemen style ramen shop. What is Tsukemen you ask? Well Tsukemen means dipping noodles. Unlike traditional ramen, Tsukemen is served separately from the soup. The ramen soup at Jyoshoken is made creamy in texture and concocted from fish, pork and vegetables and is cooked for 3 days. I decide to order the Jyoshoken Special Tsukemen. The dish is served with thick cut char-siu (pork), soft boiled egg, seaweed and a bowl of light mushroom dashi – to mix with the soup so you can drink it after finishing your noodles. The method of eating Tsukemen is to take the cold noodles and dip them into the hot soupy broth and then slurp away. Although you are provided with garlic and chili powder at the counter to change the taste of the soup to your liking, I am disappointed that the soup is just too sweet. The noodles are great in texture: chewy and consistent but as a whole, it failed to satisfy my ramen cravings.
The next stop is Muso Ramen – a rich, fatty pork broth style ramen from Tokyo. I go with their signature Muso special ramen and some gyoza (pan fried dumplings) and await for my buzzer to ring. At first glance the Muso special looks like your typical ramen, which is a good thing; it is served with thick cuts of char-siu, bean sprouts, spring onions and soft boiled egg. I take a quick swig of the soup and find it to be very flavorful and fatty, not too salty but just right. The texture of the noodles are bouncy and perfectly cooked. The blend of the chewy noodles with the fatty soup go hand in hand. The gyoza however tastes instant and is forgettable, I recommend you to skip that and just focus on their ramen. Overall Muso ramen has concocted a very well made traditional ramen.
The last and final stop on this journey of ramens, I visit Tokyo Ninja Ramen. Tokyo Ninja specializes in Tonkotsu based ramen. I order their special ramen and a side of Tatsuta-age (fried chicken). This ramen is served with Tonkotsu soup (pork bone based), with two slices of char-siu, corn, bean sprouts, spring onions, bamboo shoots and soft boiled egg. It looks almost similar to Muso’s ramen, but the difference is in the soup, tonkotsu is thick and cloudier. The soup is hearty, creamy, packed with flavor and just delicious. The curly traditional noodles are also prepared and cooked well, giving it that nice al dente texture and the flavorful broth with fatty pork slabs and the mixture of corn and bean sprouts all mended well together. The Tatsuta-age is crunchy, well seasoned, piping hot and a nice addition to go with your ramen. I fully enjoyed Tokyo Ninja Ramen, as scared as I was to order from them because of the gimmicky name, I am pleasantly surprised with what they serve.
So what is my final decision on what I would crown as the Ramen Champion!? After visiting all six locations and trying out all of their signature dishes, this is a tough decision and it is very close. My final decision is to crown… drum-roll please… Tokyo Ninja Ramen the winner of the best ramen at Ramen Champion!
In order of best ramen:
#1. Tokyo Ninja Ramen
#2. Muso Ramen
#3. Bario Ramen
#4. Ikkousha Ramen
#5. Jyoshoken Ramen
#6. Bishamon Sapporo Ramen
Let us know your thoughts on our ranking!
Ramen Champion Shop No.4-12 & 26-31,3/B, Prudential Centre, 216-228 Nathan Road, Kowloon, Hong Kong
TEL: +852 2377 9944 – 11:30am to 10:30pm daily