【Spicy】 TAMPOPO 【Ramen】

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Today, I'd like to introduce to you one of the local veteran ramen restaurants in Kyoto, the name of which is Tampopo.

This is "ramen-nami" ("nami" means regular size) - price 650JPY


It appears to be very spicy. It is, however, not as hot as it looks.
After a brief period of hot spiciness, you start to taste the flavor of the dashi (broth).
The dashi seems to be made from chicken.

Even though this restaurant doesn't have English menus, it is easy to order.
Mainly, they have two kinds of ramen. Ramen or Charshu-men.
You can also choose their sizes from three kinds, "Nami"(regular), "Dai"(big), "Toku"(super-big).

"Charshu" is Chinese style roasted pork.
Although the regular ramen has three or four pieces of charshu, Charshu-men includes much more charshu.

If you want to order the big-sized charshu-men, please say, "Charshu-men dai!".
"Charshu-men Toku" is the most expensive menu item at this restaurant, and is 1000JPY.

At this restaurant, you have to go to pick up your glass of water by yourself.
There is a water-server and pile of glasses near the entrance.

I took my foreign guests here several times when they requested ramen for their lunch, and they always have very good comments.

You may recall a movie which has the same name as this restaurant, "Tampopo" (meaning dandelion).
In the film a widow woman and some men try to create the best-tasting ramen.

The restaurant was named after the film, because the founder was very fond of the movie.


If you show this picture to your taxi driver in Kyoto, he’ll have no trouble taking you to this ramen restaurant.

Taxi fare will be:
800JPY from Kinkakuji or the Golden Pavilion Temple
2800JPY from Kyoto station.
The above prices are just my approximate guess.



Open Monday to Saturday 11:30~25:00
Sunday 11:30~15:00 17:00~21:00

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