There’s something innately fun about dipping your food. Whether it’s chips, veggie sticks, toast, or fries, food is just more fun when you can drench it in your favorite sauce, isn’t it? So why not dip noodles too? That’s what Tsukemen is all about!
Tsukemen is a very thick, dense hot broth served alongside a plate of chewy ramen noodles. It comes with the usual pork and green onions, and you can add your favorite toppings just like regular ramen – bamboo shoots, eggs, mushrooms, bean sprouts, etc. How do you eat tsukemen? Yup – you guessed it! Dip it.. dip it good.. dip it like you know you should!
If you’re not in the mood for a ‘dip’, tsukemen shops also sell regular ramen too.
*Eat like a local* Near the end of your tsukemen meal, you can ask the server “supu wari o kudasai” (pronounced: sue-pooh wah-rlee o koo-da-sah-ee) , which means “please dilute my soup”. They’ll add broth into your soup to make it more of a traditional ramen soup consistency so you can add your noodles like regular ramen or just drink the soup!
There are tons of tsukemen shops all around Tokyo, many of which are uber-popular. One of my favorites is Menya 305 in Roppongi across from Tokyo Midtown. You can pick up a bowl for 500 yen (about $5-6), pretty reasonable for Tokyo!
Have you tried tsukemen? What do you think?