Written by Chiara Mischke
Mitsuyado Seimen In Naka-Meguro – Creative Ramen Made To Your Taste
Mitsuyado Seimen is a ramen restaurant that was founded in 2005. Twelve years later, it has many different stores all over Japan, and even in the Philippines and Malaysia. In this article, we will be investigating their original store in Naka-Meguro.
In Japan, you can find ramen shops on every corner. The most famous ones are most of the time the most generic ones as well. Often the noodles are bought in bulk and the soup stock tastes very similar.
However, Mitsuyado Seimen is not your typical ramen restaurant. Let us tell you why.
Mitsuyado Seimen in Naka-Meguro
Mitsuyado Seimen was founded in 2005. Twelve years later, it has many different stores all over Japan. They even have branches in the Philippines as well as Malaysia.
Today, we will be investigating their original store in Naka-Meguro, Tokyo. It is located right in front of Naka-Meguro Station.
The store itself has a very cozy atmosphere. Many ramen shops are hectic and bright, but Mitsuyado Seimen is different. It has a dark wooden interior and exterior dipped in a warm cozy light.
It houses just a couple of tables inside. Because of this, the store tends to fill up during lunch and dinner time. At those times there might be some waiting required.
In the warmer months, you can choose to sit outside if the inside is too warm or crowded for your liking.
The restaurant is very family friendly as well. Even though it is a small restaurant, they welcome families with strollers. They even have a ramen menu just for children.
Watch The Noodles Being Made From Scratch
The staff at Mitsuyado Seimen is very proud of their handmade noodles. Their goal is to make sure that their customers enjoy the best noodles possible. This is why they are very particular about making them fresh in the store.
Part of the kitchen is a little room with a big window. Here you can see people lifting huge bags of flour and turning them into fresh ramen noodles.
They have two varieties of noodles you can choose from: the regular type and the whole wheat type. Both are made fresh in the store.
Choose One of The Three Ramen Styles
Chicken and soy sauce based ramen
You can choose between "tsukemen" and "ramen". Tsukemen means that the noodles are separated from the soup and you can dip them in the soup right before you eat them. Usually, tsukemen noodles are served cold. This is why they are very popular in the summer.
At Mitsuyado Seimen, you can actually choose how hot you would like your noodles to be, so it is not necessarily just a summer dish. If you don’t express any special wish, the noodles will be served cold.
In the case of ramen-style dishes, the noodles will be served in the soup, not separated from it.
They also have “Ae Soba”. Ae Soba is a soup-less ramen. This means that you will just get the noodles with toppings, no soup.
Chicken or Seafood Soup?
Whole wheat tsukemen with seafood and pork bone based soup,
After you decided if you want ramen or tsukemen, you get to choose the soup base. You can mainly choose between a chicken and soy sauce based soup or a seafood and pork bone based soup.
Their recommendation for the ramen is the chicken and soy sauce soup. It has a very mild flavor and goes perfectly with the taste of the fresh noodles.
As for the tsukemen, they recommend the seafood and pork bone soup. The rich flavor goes really well with all the toppings.
What Are Your Favorite Toppings?
Their ramen variety only comes with the basic toppings, which still make for a delicious bowl of ramen.
However, if you choose the tsukemen, you can pick from a wide variety of toppings. Their most popular tsukemen is the yuzu flavored one. Yuzu is a Japanese citrus fruit. It gives the Tsukemen a refreshing taste and goes well with both kinds of soup.
Yuzu is not the only variety you can choose. You can choose from toppings like yam and quail egg, roast pork, vegetables, cheese sauce and many more.
If you love cheese we recommend the cheese sauce. Its thick and creamy consistency makes the ramen taste very rich. It doesn't take away from the flavor of the soup but rather adds to it.
If you can't decide, we recommend the Marutoku Tsukemen. It has all the toppings you would have on regular ramen such as chashu (marinated pork belly), vegetables, egg and seaweed.
How Do You Like Your Noodles?
Lastly, you choose your ramen noodles. If you don't make a special request for whole wheat noodles, all the dishes will come with regular white flour noodles. However, we highly recommend asking for the whole wheat (in Japanese "zenryuufun") noodles as they are delicious and very rich in flavor. Whole wheat noodles cost an extra charge of 60 yen but they are definitely worth it.
You can also choose the amount of noodles you would like eat. Anything between 100 gram and 300 gram is free. You can also order a super portion (375 gram) or a mega portion (750 gram) for an additional fee.
The regular portion is 150 gram of noodles. The weight is measured before boiling. It will double in weight during the boiling process.
You can also choose if you want your noodles thick or thin as they will be cut after the order.
Don't Forget To Try Their Gyoza
In addition to ramen and tsukemen, at Mitsuyado Seimen you can also enjoy gyoza (dumplings). Of course, the gyoza dough is handmade at the store.
The fresh dough makes these dumplings extremely soft and juicy.
English Menus and Special Menus
Even though there are a lot of different options to choose from, you don't have to worry about going there. Mitsuyado Seimen has a very detailed English menu with pictures explaining everything you need to know.
Besides their standard menu, they also offer a limited edition ramen or tsukemen variation every month. For the month of November 2017, it was a carbonara inspired tsukemen with egg and a cheesy carbonara sauce. Please note that the special menus can't be served with whole wheat noodles.
Customize Your Own Ramen with Handmade Noodles
Mitsuyado Seimen’s noodle quality is really outstanding compared to most generic ramen shops. You can watch the noodles being made in the store and you can even choose the type of noodles you would like.
Having the option of choosing whole wheat noodles over white flour noodles is rare and great for health-conscious eaters. But it is not only the noodles which make this ramen restaurant special. The various soups, styles, and toppings let you basically create a custom ramen to your liking.
How about dropping by to enjoy a completely handmade meal at Mitsuyado Seimen?
In cooperation with Mitsuyado Seimen