This New Ramen Shop Had People Lining Up on Its First Day
They only serve freshly prepared noodles!
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3-29-13, Fuchinobe-Honcho, Chuo Ward, Sagamihara City, Kanagawa Prefecture
Open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Tuesday to Saturday and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sundays. The shop is closed on Mondays.
How to get there: It’s a 15-minute walk from the North Exit of JR Yokohama Line’s Fuchinobe Station.
Menya Ayumu is a ramen shop that recently opened in Fuchinobe, Sagamihara City this year. Ayumu Komata, the owner of the shop, previously served as second in command at a famous ramen shop called Butaboshi. After training there for two years and eight months, he decided to open his own ramen shop.
Menya Ayumu was already very popular even before its opening. While two months have passed, there’s still a long line of customers waiting to try their ramen. The shop’s secret: It's in the way they prepare the thick noodles and mix flavorful sauces into the soups.
This small ramen (¥750) is filled with additional garlic, vegetables, and oil. Even if you order in this size, you’ll get 300g of noodles! © KADOKAWA, Jinbo Tatsuya
The soup they serve at the restaurant is exceptional. The main ingredients include thigh bone, back fat, and a block of pork. These ingredients are similar to what Butaboshi uses. However, Menya Ayumu boils them in a different way, particularly making use of emulsified soup.
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They emphasize the taste of the pork by boiling it in high temperature in the morning to bring out its rich flavors. They also display their creativity in making the sauce by adding sake to lightly sweeten it.
If you like spicy ramen, we recommend this small Hot Ramen (¥850). The blend of hot sauce and red pepper powder gives the soup its red color. © KADOKAWA, Jinbo Tatsuya
For their noodles, they use Ocean (a brand of flour) in creating the thick and flat noodles to add to their soups. By adding a little more water to the flour, the noodles stay firm up until they are mixed with the soup.
The shop only serves noodles that are freshly prepared in the morning. This practice helps the noodles retain the aroma of wheat.
They prepare their homemade noodles every day. You have the option of choosing thick, flat, or straight noodles to add to your soup. © KADOKAWA, Jinbo Tatsuya
Their boiled pork is also hugely sought after. They use two different parts of the meat and make sure that the meat that they work with is always sweet and juicy. Two thick slices (around three centimeters thick) are usually served in every bowl of soup.
Their ribs are especially soft, while their hocks give you a distinct mouthfeel. The more you chew the meat, the more you can savor its flavors.
The ribs (left) and hocks (right) are boiled with the soup for one hour. The number of servings per bowl depends on their stocks. © KADOKAWA, Jinbo Tatsuya
The shop’s original black fat is also remarkable. They season the black fat with soy sauce, creating the perfect balance of sweetness and saltiness. It’s delicious when you top it with soup and noodles. Our tip: Put black fat in your soup order in case the extra vegetables weaken your soup’s taste.
Try out their original “black fat.” © KADOKAWA, Jinbo Tatsuya
Through his father’s influence, the owner of the shop has been attached to G-Kei Ramen since his early days.
Ayumu Omata decided to lead a life devoted to ramen after graduating from university. At the young age of 25, he established Menya Ayumu. © KADOKAWA, Jinbo Tatsuya
“When I was a university student, I went job hunting. But I had no idea how to work as a company employee. That’s why I decided to work instead at a ramen shop I like,” says Ayumu.
The main reason why he chose to work at Butaboshi was that it served the most delicious G-Kei ramen in Kanagawa Prefecture.
Ayumu was often taken by his father to different ramen shops during his childhood. This was how he learned to love G-Kei Ramen among others.
“Whenever it’s busy in the shop, my father helps me. Above all, the most gratifying thing for me to hear is him praising my ramen,” says Ayumu.
You can opt to sit at the counter or by the tables in the shop. © KADOKAWA, Jinbo Tatsuya
Provided by Japan Walker™ and Yokohama Walker™ (21 June 2018)