Fuunji Ramen has been on my bucket list since I learned what tsukemen (つけ麺/dipping noodles) was. Many blogs have said that this is THE place to go to even though I was also drawn to 大勝軒 Taishoken in Higashi-Ikebukuro which is said to have been the birthplace on tsukemen. Practicality took over and we went to Fuunji because it was right in Shinjuku and just a short walk from the train station where we left our luggage on our last day.
We were lucky to just beat the lunch rush despite getting lost (I am still not used to the Japanese address system) and waited only 5 minutes for seats! You order by using a vending machine which will spit out tickets for you to give the chefs you sit right in front of.
There are 4 options: ramen, special ramen, dipping noodle, and special dipping noodle. The difference between the regular and the special orders were a flavor ball included in the noodles. We all wondered what the flavor ball was and what difference it would make but it’s special so there was only one way to find out!
So I ended up with the special tsukemen with an addition of egg and pork on the side. What I didn’t know was the special tsukemen already included seaweed, egg, pork, and green onions so every button for extras is really extra on top. Like a lot of extra. They also ask what size of noodles we wanted so I opted for medium/regular because I had 3 onigiri (お握り/rice ball) for breakfast that morning. I couldn’t help myself. Family Mart is always the highlight of my Japan trips.
We analyzed our food as it arrived and Jess F, Jonathan K, and I have concluded that the flavor ball was an egg. Hence the two eggs in my dipping cause. I gave my extra egg to Jess because regular noodles don’t come with eggs and I didn’t think I could finish everything anyway.
I wasn’t able to finish the medium noodles because everything felt so heavy… But I heard that if you finish your noodles and have dipping sauce leftover, you can take the pot of hot water in front of you, fill your bowl, and finish the liquid up as a soup.
I haven’t had enough tsukemen in my life to know what is good or not but Fuunji is a place I would come back to again. Now I know to get there early and not eat anything beforehand. Now you and I also know what the flavor ball is! Next tsukemen stop, Taishoken!
風雲児 Fuunji Ramen
2 Chome-14-3 Yoyogi
Tokyo-to, Japan 〒151-0053
+81 3 6413 8480
Monday to Saturday 1100H – 1500H; 1700H – 2100H