I have to admit, I have become slightly addicted to Ramen since I have been in Japan! Ramen is a traditional Japanese noodle soup dish where in some places the noodles vary in size and by ingredient (wheat, rice etc) but one has the option to choose between a pork, fish and soy or miso broth. The noodle soup is generally served with a slice or two of pork, dried seaweed, sometimes a boiled egg and green onions. Ramen Bayashi has become a local favourite of mine in Narita with it’s cozy atmosphere and generous helpings when you’re super hungry from walking around the streets of Narita.
It has been rather cold in Narita of late and Ramen is just the best dish to keep you warm. It is so tasty and is generally served in rather large portions as it is said to be a meal for the working men. In most Ramen restaurants you will find only men slurping away at their bowls of noodle soup.
Ramen Bayashi is a little restaurant along the main street in Narita (Hanazaki-cho) where one walks from the JR Narita Station to the Shinsho-ji Temple. It is a really cozy little restaurant with all the airplane memorabilia from visiting flight crew. As mentioned in one of my previous posts, Narita is a town that is catered for the aviation industry since it is the second busiest airport in the whole of Japan and accommodated many flight crew on their way through Japan. Captain hats and blazers, model airplanes and photographs are on display around the small room. The chefs are also visible from anywhere you are seated which is also entertaining!
My favourite, and honestly, only meal I have had at Ramen Bayashi is the Red Pepper Chilli Ramen with pork. It is so delicious I order it every time. I have heard their stir-fry is one of the best as well! This little restaurant is always full in the evenings, so book in advance and if you’re in the area during the day, be sure to pop in. Their menu has some great dishes as well as serving delicious Suntory draft beer!