Best Tsukemen in Tokyo

For the last two months I’ve been in Tokyo eating ramen every day. Forgetting about sodium problems, one thing I can say for sure is when it comes to Tokyo I know good ramen.

I previously did a post on best ramen in Tokyo, but since then I’ve eaten at even more amazing places.

What is Tsukemen?

The direct translation of tsukemen(つけ麺) is “dipping noodles”. It is when the noodles are served cold on the side, and the broth is more concentrated. The idea being that you dip the cold noodles into the hot broth and then slurp them up. Tsukemen is slightly more recent addition to the ramen canon picking up mainstream lovers from the early 2000s onwards.

The crux of tsukemen is:

  • Cold noodles served on the side.
  • Noodles are usually thicker than ramen noodles.
  • Broth is more concentrated and thicker than ramen broth.
  • Great for hot summer days.

Alright here it is, the best tsukemen that I’ve eaten in Tokyo:


Best Tonkotsu Tsukemen

Enji Tsukemen (ベジポタつけ麺えん寺)

  • You can choose between regular noodles or the whole-wheat ones.
  • The chef recommends the latter.
  • Location: Ikebukuro

Best Tori Tsukemen

Fuunji Ramen (風雲児)

  • This is widely considered the best tsukemen in Tokyo.
  • Make sure to get there early or be prepared to wait at least an hour.
  • Location: Shinjuku
  • Another chicken broth worth slurping: Gachi

Miso Tsukemen

Gonokami Seisakusho (つけ麺 五ノ神製作所)

  • They specialise in shrimp broths.
  • Their miso-shrimp broth is amazing.
  • Noodles are world class.
  • Location: Shinjuku

Spicy Tsukemen

Kitanbo (カラシビつけ麺 鬼金棒 神田店)

  • This was my first spicy-miso tsukemen and has remained my favourite.
  • Choose your own spice level.
  • Ramen store next door.
  • Location: Akihabara

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Sebastian Kade, Founder of Sumry and Author of Living Happiness, is a software designer and full-stack engineer. He writes thought-provoking articles every now and then on sebastiankade.com

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