If you’re traveling with a family or are just plain hungry, consider dumpling ramen at Koushu Ichiba.
Affordable and filling, this dumpling ramen shop as 6 branches in Tokyo, including 2 in Shinjuku.
Choose your Broth
You have the choice of shoyu (soy sauce) or shio (salt) broth. They’re both good. They also have a rich and creamy shoyu ramen, if you’re looking for a heavier taste.
But bear in mind that their broth is old-school and therefore isn’t the most dynamic. Koushu Ichiba is best known for their generous (boiled) dumpling portions.
Choose pork or shrimp dumplings to pair with your ramen. If it’s your first time, go for the pork dumplings. If you feel a bit fancier, they even have black pork dumplings.
The dumplings come in different shapes and sizes but all share a common characteristic – they’re massive.
The best part is that you get these massive spoons to isolate your dumplings and add a number of condiments – from chili oil or garlic.
You won’t leave Koushu Ichiba hungry. Their lunch meal starts at ¥918 and for dinner, ¥961. These meals include one of their signature ramen and a bowl of rice with toppings like mapo tofu or takana (Japanese leaf mustard).
Rich Shoyu Ramen broth
Staying true to their Chinese roots, their menu has good variety. They serve other ramen dishes too (like Dan dan noodles) and even have fried dumplings (gyoza) as appetizers.
East Shinjuku Shop Shop Hours: 11:00 ~ 24:00
Shinjuku West Shop Shop Hours: 11:00 ~ 24:00
Naka-Meguro Shop Shop Hours: 11:00 ~ 2:00 am!