Find Out What Makes This Kyoto Ramen Special
The ramen shop draws locals and tourists alike.
Kyoto is famous for its breathtaking traditional heritage sites but is not as much for its contribution to Japan’s food culture. Aside from the Uji Matcha, Kyoto also has its own version of a popular Japanese dish we all know and love—ramen. In this article, we feature Daiichi Asahi, a Kyoto ramen loved by locals and tourists alike.
Kyoto Takabashi Honke Daiichi Asahi
845 Higashishiokoji Mukaihatacho, Shimogyo District, Kyoto
Open from 5 a.m. until 2 a.m. daily except on Thursdays.
How to get there: It’s a 5-minute walk from JR Kyoto Station.
Kyoto Takabashi Honke Daiichi Asahi is a long-established Kyoto ramen shop. The shop looks like it is frozen in time. We visited the shop on a weekday, and we were surprised to see that the place was packed with locals and tourists during lunchtime. We tried the ramen ourselves, and we think we found the reason why.
You can tell how popular the store is by the long line of customers.
They boast of the select ingredients they use for their ramen, only using meat from pigs that have given birth twice. This type of pork is fattier, which makes a deliciously savory broth. Along with the soy sauce base soup, it is topped with a hefty amount of Kujo negi (spring onion) and spring beans grown in Kyoto.
The spring onions give a fresh balance to the savory soup.
The staff recommended the Ramen (¥700), a soy sauce base soup topped with fresh spring onions. The savory taste of the soup, balanced with the spring onions, definitely hit the spot. Choice ingredients combined with the perfect recipe is ramen at its finest—simple, unadulterated, and delicious. This noodle dish will make it to your list of comfort food. As soon as you slurp the goodness from the bowl, you are immediately transported to the comforts of your own kitchen at home.
When you plan your next trip to Kyoto, make sure to add Kyoto Takabashi Honke Daiichi Asahi to your itinerary.
(1 February 2019)