Dai-ichi Asahi: authentic Kyoto-style ramen

On our first day in Kyoto, while walking in search of our ryokan, we saw this sign.

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I told him it meant “ramen”, and we both squee’d in delight and vowed that we would eat there after coming back from Kiyomizu-dera. But that night, that sign was already gone, and when we walked down that street, the shops seemed to be closed already. That was when we ended up at Ginjo Ramen Kubota instead.

On our second night, however, R and I made sure to return from Kiyomizu-dera earlier so we would hopefully catch this ramen shop while it was still open. Thankfully, when we reached the street, that sign was still there, so we walked right in and looked for the shop.

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13_kyotoramen_01Again, couldn’t resist taking a photo of the kitchen. We didn’t sit by the counter this time. Quite frankly, these two guys looked a bit bewildered when we came in. It made us wonder if maybe they weren’t used to foreign customers. A bit ravenous, we ordered gyoza to pair with our ramen.13_kyotoramen_02I really don’t know why I always think, “Oh, it doesn’t look much, I can finish this easily” whenever a bowl of ramen is served in front of me. I’m always wrong, haha. The broth of this ramen was clear, and it had only chashu (pork slices) in it, as well as a generous amount of spring onions on top.

It was filling, although after our foodporn moment at Ginjo Ramen Kubota the night before, R and I must admit that we expected this ramen would elicit the same reaction from us. Haha! The gyoza, however, was delicious. R and I practically couldn’t believe we were eating ‘real’ gyoza, hahaha.

It was only here in Dubai, watching NHK World on TV as my mother and I often do, when I realized that what we ate was authentic Kyoto-style ramen. According to this video by NHK World, this type of ramen is known as seabura ramen. Seabura is pork back fat. Those were the floating white-ish things on our ramen. Since R and I didn’t specify that we wanted them, I suspect the ramen guys only put in a small amount. If I’m not mistaken, the soup is soy sauce-based.

While not as bowled over with the taste as we were with hakata ramen, Kyoto-style ramen is still a must-try for ramen aficionados. 🙂

To get to Dai-ichi Asahi, ride the Kyoto city bus numbers 91, 201, 202, 204 or 206 and get off at the Kumano Jinja-mae bus stop. From there, walk towards the intersection and around the corner before turning into the first street on the left.

Budget: 600-700 yen.

Date visited: November 8, 2012

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