Ichiran Ramen is hotly debated as the BEST ramen in the world
For this reason, this popular 24 hour ramen joint attracts a 2 hour wait time on average during busy hours
But IS it really the best ramen in the world?
I had to see for myself.
Pekkle, Angus, Vouy, and I went to Ichiran Ramen at 8 in the morning
We walked down the stairs to order from the vending machine
I wasn’t sure whether I wanted additional toppings like mushrooms, rice, extra pork slices, extra egg, extra green onion, or beer
So I picked the recommended Ichiran Ramen because I was overwhelmed with choices!
In the dining area is a row of seats which are separated by dividers
Here lies THE ULTIMATE individual ramen experience where nothing can distract you from the perfect ramen you are about to enjoy
At your little booth, you are given a sheet to customize your ramen to your desires
Whether you want extra firm noodles, ultra rich broth, strong flavor strength or with green onion, you can have it all
There is even a self-serve water dispenser in your booth
After patiently waiting for about 15 minutes or so, the ramen finally came out
I quickly dug into the creamy rich pork-based tonkotsu broth with skinny long Hakata noodles and soft boiled egg
The fresh hot ramen was so good that Pekkle, Angus, Vouy, and I did not speak to each other until we finished our meal
Although it was a heavier breakfast than I was used to, I finished ALL of it, slurping down the last droplets of rich broth
After this, we walked towards Shinjuku station to find Pablo for dessert
Up and down the escalators we went
Around and around in circles we walked
We must have walked for about 40 minutes around the massive Shinjuku station, trying to find this must-try to die for place in Japan
WHERE THE HELL IS PABLO?!
We asked, about ready to give up pacing up and down the pedestrian walkways inside Shinjuku JR station
We were struggling. Hard
And that’s when I looked up ahead
I SEE IT
I walked faster
The bright yellow walls with orange sign black outline popped out and there he was..
You got lucky you were so tasty and smooth, your crust so light and delicious
Your cheese tart filling so premium and amazing
You got lucky because one bite into you, we completely forgave you for what you had put us through, Pablo
After this journey, we were EXHAUSTED and went back to our AirBnB where I had a japanese version of hot cheetos waiting for me
At that moment, I remembered I had packed hot cheetos with me to eat on Easter Day
I immediately looked at my phone
It was in fact April 1, 2018, which meant that it WAS Easter Day and I could finally eat hot cheetos again!
After 40 days and 40 nights of not eating hot cheetos, I could now eat the crunchy spicy crack-infused snack that I had chosen to sacrifice for the lord baby jesus
Overall, it was a successful day of food in Japan but WAS ICHIRAN the BEST ramen in the world like everyone says?
Pekkle thought it was, even going back two more times later
However, I on the otherhand needed to try out more ramen joints in Japan before making a decision..
Coming up: Getting on the wrong bullet train and the making of a dog meme in Kyoto