Fragglepuss Visits Japan: Shin-Yokohama Ramen Museum
By: John Fragglepuss Evans
I made it back to Japan! I had no choice but to go back after I enjoyed myself so much last year. I visited some new places this time around and am presenting this year’s list of recommendations.
If you want to see last year’s recommendations as well as others from this year, you can find them here
Shin-Yokohama Ramen Museum
I know what you’re probably thinking, but don’t let the name fool you, this is much more than a simple ramen museum. You’ll enter the upstairs of the building and be able to read about the complex of history of ramen. When you’re finished with that, go into the basement and be transported to the year 1958 in Japan. It’s breathtaking to turn the corner and see the past set before your eyes.
Within the basement are multiple stalls serving regional ramen from all over Japan. I had no idea different areas had such a different way of serving the noodle dish. You can customize your order in so many ways:
- Noodles: Thin, Thick, Wrinkled, Hirauchi
- Toppings: Chashu, Bamboo Shoots, Simmered Eggs, Naruto, Corn, Wakame, Butter
- Broth: Salt, Soy, Miso, Pork, Chicken, Niboshi, Kelp
There’s countless other options, I have only mentioned some of the main ones here. A lot depends on the regional preparation. My tip is to order the small portion from several stalls to try out several ramen bowls. I didn’t know that was an option until I had ordered my second full-size bowl and was totally stuffed.
In between bowls you can sit back and watch the entertainment or walk around the Japan of the past. It’s impressive the amount of detail that was put into the museum. Afterwards make sure to stop by the gift shop and get a fun ramen souvenir… Or not, it’s up to you how to spend your money.