Ramen Mitsuyoshi (满吉拉面) is a small shop that does excellent, traditional ramen which just opened not too far from Madang Road metro station. It’s a tiny space, seating diners around a bar counter facing the open kitchen.

I could sing praises about this place all day.

Ramen Mitsuyoshi (满吉拉面), a small ramen shop that does traditional Japanese noodles. Photo by Rachel Gouk.

Bib Gourmand, you say?

If you’re a ramen enthusiast traveling to Tokyo, Ramen Koike should be on the top of your list. Another would be Chuka Soba Nishino, a brand under Koike. Both of them have received Bib Gourmands in the Tokyo Michelin Guide over the past couple of years.

Ramen Mitsuyoshi (满吉拉面), a small ramen shop that does traditional Japanese noodles. Photo by Rachel Gouk.

You can guess why this is relevant to Ramen Mitsuyoshi.

The Chinese name of Mitsuyoshi “满吉” is the merging of both founders names—the Japanese chef and founder of Koike and Chuka Soba, and the Shanghainese chef who spent years in the country learning the art of ramen.

Ramen Mitsuyoshi (满吉拉面), a small ramen shop that does traditional Japanese noodles. Photo by Rachel Gouk.
Laoban in the center

Their accolades adorn the walls of the tiny ramen shop, both inside and outside.

Another guess?

Mmhmm. The ramen is pretty fucking good.

Ramen Mitsuyoshi

Ramen Mitsuyoshi specializes in tonkotsu (pork bone broth). There are three soup options for ¥42 each, and one dry for ¥40.

Ramen Mitsuyoshi (满吉拉面), a small ramen shop that does traditional Japanese noodles. Photo by Rachel Gouk.
“Extra Thick” 浓厚拉面 Ramen

I could die happy eating the black garlic chashu ramen. The soup is rich, thick, silky, and lip-smacking.

The noodles are cooked a little al dente, which the store manager assured us was how they meant to serve it. Though, with picture taking, it probably becomes “medium” in hardness.

Ramen Mitsuyoshi (满吉拉面), a small ramen shop that does traditional Japanese noodles. Photo by Rachel Gouk.
Black garlic chashu ramen 黑蒜浓厚
Ramen Mitsuyoshi (满吉拉面), a small ramen shop that does traditional Japanese noodles. Photo by Rachel Gouk.
“Mala” Ramen (numb and spicy)
Ramen Mitsuyoshi (满吉拉面), a small ramen shop that does traditional Japanese noodles. Photo by Rachel Gouk.
Fried Chicken with Kewpie mayo (¥20)
Ramen Mitsuyoshi (满吉拉面), a small ramen shop that does traditional Japanese noodles. Photo by Rachel Gouk.
Chashu Rice (¥12)

Much like most ramen shops in Japan, you order via vending machine. The digitized version doesn’t carry the same nostalgia, but at least you can scan to pay with WeChat or Alipay.

Ramen Mitsuyoshi (满吉拉面), a small ramen shop that does traditional Japanese noodles. Photo by Rachel Gouk.

It’s a small space, 15 (or was it 16?) around the bar, but tables turn fast. A line usually forms.

If you like ramen, better hayaku and get yourself over there.

Ramen Mitsuyoshi (满吉拉面), a small ramen shop that does traditional Japanese noodles. Photo by Rachel Gouk.

Ramen Mitsuyoshi (满吉拉面)
Address: 501-6 Liyuan Lu, near Jumen Lu 丽园路501-6号, 近局门路
Tel: 13917639393
Hours: 11am-3pm, 5:30pm-9:30pm