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Meaty Ramen in Tokyo: Chintan Ramen at Takesue Tokyo Premium

By Ashley Owen
April 27, 2021
Updated: April 30, 2021
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Ramen is a classic Japanese dish that’s popular all across the country, with almost every city or prefecture having its own regional variation. In part two of byFood’s meaty ramen series, host Frank Striegl visits top Tokyo ramen shop Takesue Tokyo Premium to tuck into a bowl of delicious chintan ramen. This dish is heaven for carnivores, made with thin noodles in a clear chicken broth and topped with different styles of duck, pork, and beef. Check out the video for a closer look – and to find out exactly why you might want to slurp your ramen as you eat it!

MEATY RAMEN Part 2: Chintan Ramen with Duck, Pork, & Beef | Takesue Tokyo Premium | Slurp's Up

Takesue Tokyo Premium can be found in Oshiage just a few minutes’ walk from Tokyo Skytree, which at 634 meters is the tallest tower in the whole of Japan. They serve a modern, refined style of ramen and have won awards for the high quality of their menu, so this Tokyo ramen shop is definitely worth a visit if you’re in the area.

Frank orders his food at the ticket machine then hops up onto a counter seat to watch the chefs work their magic. The bowl arrives with each ingredient carefully placed and beautifully presented, so it’s easy to see why it’s ranked as some of the best ramen in Tokyo! Chintan ramen comes in a clear chicken broth seasoned with salt rather than soy sauce, which gives it a gentle flavor and light golden color. This makes it a great choice when you don’t want something too heavy.

Close up of a bowl of ramen, showing thin noodles, an egg, sprouts and meat in a broth

To match the delicate broth, Takesue Tokyo Premium’s chintan ramen uses high-grade thin, straight noodles that are flecked with wheat. The soft texture pairs perfectly with the crunchy onions that the bowl is topped with. In fact, each topping is specifically chosen to balance the dish, from sprouts for freshness to bright green bok choy for a splash of color. Frank also opts for an unusual smoked and marinated egg as an extra topping, which has a distinctive dark hue and jammy texture.

A close up image of a pair of chopsticks holding a slice of duck meat, with a bowl of ramen in the background

However, it’s the meaty toppings that are the real stars of the show here. The dish is loaded with two different types of smoky duck meat, as well as both broiled pork shoulder and pork shoulder that’s been slow-cooked at a low temperature so that it melts in your mouth. Finally, there’s also roast beef and beef rib, both of which are unique toppings that you won’t find in many ramen shops. 

Two hands presenting a bowl of ramen on a dish with a spoon

Be sure to take a look at the video for Frank’s full ramen review and the lowdown on why you might want to slurp your bowl – plus stop by Takesue Tokyo Premium on your next trip to Tokyo to try this hearty dish for yourself!

Join Frank for a ramen tasting tour of Tokyo!

Has this video whet your appetite? Join Frank’s tour to explore Tokyo and taste 6 mini bowls of ramen at 3 award winning shops!

He’ll introduce you to some of the top ramen joints in Nakameguro, Shibuya, and Ebisu, and tell you all about the history of the dish as well as the different styles. Make sure you arrive with an empty stomach because you’ll also get to sample six mini bowls of ramen, customizing each one to suit your personal tastes and preferences. This gives you the perfect chance to try a range of toppings and noodle styles to find out which ones you like best. Perhaps you’ll discover a new favorite!

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Ashley Owen
Ashley is a freelance travel writer from the UK who spent the last two years living in Japan, and is about to embark on her next adventure to New Zealand. She's always on the lookout for exciting new vegan treats wherever she goes!
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