Menya Kaijin in Shinjuku, Tokyo

Menya Kaijin: Fish Broth Shio Ramen in Shinjuku, Tokyo

Ramen is one of the most beloved dishes in Japan not only by locals but also tourists. In Tokyo, there are several areas called “competitive ramen district” which are home to numbers of ramen shops competing each other. The famous nightlife district, Shinjuku, is one of the best places to hunt for tasty ramen as there are over 150 shops.

Over the past decade, it seems like most of people are into Tonkotsu Ramen (rich and creamy pork broth Ramen), but how about trying out something different? In Shinjuku, you can find ramen in many different flavours and styles.

Menya Kaijin (麺屋 海神) is a popular ramen shop in Shinjuku area, especially renowned as serving one of the best Shio Ramen (salt base soup) in Tokyo. Their clear shio soup is light and delicate yet very aromatic with condensed flavour of seafood broth. The soup is made with fish broth, using bones of 7 kinds of freshly delivered fish. The unique thing about their soup is that the taste changes by day or season according to what fish they purchase from the market.

The bowl of noodle is served with frizzy noodles blended with 2 types of flours and kneedled the charcoal filtered water, and is topped with two meatballs: shrimp and fish seafoodball and chicken meatball as well as leeks, ginger, myoga (Japanese ginger), shredded red pepper and Shiso leaves which add extra flavor to the soup.

The ramen is available with two flavors: regular and spicy. There is also a set meal with a grilled rice ball with pickled mackerel inside, which is recommended to  put into the soup after finishing the noodles. Various toppings such as soft boiled egg and wakame seaweed are available with extra charge.

-Menya Kaijin (麵屋海神)

Map: https://goo.gl/maps/zaQZXKfnFNpLcrYK7

Access: 1 min walk from Shinjuku Station South Exit

Hours: 11:00~15:00, 16:30~23:30 (Weekday)/11:00~23:30 (Saturday and holiday)/11:00~23:00 (Sunday)

Budget: 1,000 yen~

Website: http://www.kaijin-ramen.com/(Japanese)

Thank you for reading! For more information about ramen and Shinjuku, please check out these articles, too!