Although there are many ramen shops on the busy streets of Tokyo, Hayashi continues to be one of the incredibly popular ones. The shop is only open for lunch so the scarcity of hours may be what keeps the long lines of customers waiting for ramen despite the shop being located in a remote area of downtown in Shibuya Tokyo.
味玉らーめん (Ajitama Ramen)
The soup has a slight viscosity and has a peculiar taste to that between chicken and pork-based broth. Additionally, seafood ingredients were added such as small dried sardines and dried bonito flakes. The noodles were long and straight with a medium thickness. Topped with a variety of toppings such as roasted pork, Chinese bamboo shoots, soft-boiled egg marinated in soy sauce and mirin, leeks, seaweed, and yuzu. Occasionally, there's a refreshing taste of citron from the yuzu topping.
In Japan, heavy type ramen soups are popular but this soup seemed to have a lighter taste. The soup consisted of a lot of different flavors and although we couldn’t distinctly taste the bitterness of all ingredients, it had a well-balanced taste and went down easily.
If you are lucky enough to get a seat at Hayashi, you will be able to eat one of the limited bowls of ramen that the staff work hard to produce daily. This value is precisely why customers continue to wait in long lines for a bowl of Hayashi’s ramen.
1-14- 9 Dogenzaka Shibuya-ku Tokyo-to