Ramen Noodles in Berlin

Yummy Yummy Yummy, I got Love in my Tummy…

So, staying on the Japanese theme today, I will tell you about one of my favourite meals.

In England, when you have been out partying hard, nothing beats a kebab and a strawberry milkshake. In Japan, Ramen is what you need. A noodle soup that will warm the cockles of your heart. Such a greasy and filling meal, it basically guarantees you not to be hungover the next day. A miracle food. I have to even admit that once I had two bowls.

Different areas in Japan have different specialities when it comes to Ramen. My favourite are the Tonkotsu Ramen from Kyushu, the big island in the South. The broth is made by continuously boiling pork bones and all the fat and collagen that goes with it. When you get slices of pork in your soup, it just melts in your mouth. You can choose if you want hard or softer noodles and it always comes out piping hot, steaming so much that you have to marvel at the Japanese people slurping away happily at this lava-like temperature.

Other areas go for the more traditional Miso or Soy Sauce flavour and literally every single Ramen Restaurant you go to will have a unique flavour. A tasty side-dish are gyoza (dumplings) and I love fried slabs of squid as well, but these are harder to find in Europe. As with all food, some restaurants better than others and if you are curious and living in Berlin, here are two recommendations:

– Cocolo Ramen – best Tonkotsu Ramen in Berlin and if you need a desert recommendation, well, we have done that for you too: cheesecake. Cocolo: Paul-Lincke-Ufer 39-40, Kreuzberg, 10999, Berlin

– Try the Toku Miso Ramen at Makoto for something a little spicy – make sure you get the plum wine ‘on the rocks’ to go with your meal. Makoto: Alte Schönhauser Str. 13, 10119, Berlin

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  1. I’ve been reading all your Japan posts and am absolutely loving them, just haven’t had time to comment. But this one’s about food… 😉 I only had my first Ramen a couple of years ago – a good friend of mine opened a couple of restaurants in London – called Tonktosu, if I may be so bold – and I fell in love with it on the first mouthful. Pure piggy heaven. HEAVEN. You should look them up next time you’re there, they’ve won an OFM award and praise aplenty from Jay Rayner, Giles Coren and Tom Parker-Bowles, so I don’t think it’s just me being biased 😉

    Sorry, just realised that sounds like a massive advert, but I’m just being enthusiastic about Ramen and my brilliant friend, honest!! :)

    • Ooooh I’ve been to Tonkotsu and it’s delicious! I have to admit the best ramen I’ve ever had was in Paris, but I’m so happy to be back in Japan so I can eat the real thing again! You have to come here and try it :)

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