Zundouya Ramen Kyoto

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Recommendation by Wabisavi

When it comes to 𝙩𝙤𝙣𝙠𝙤𝙩𝙨𝙪 (pork-bone broth) ramen, 𝗭𝘂𝗻𝗱𝗼-𝘆𝗮 is the king. I have brought numerous people to this hidden alley down Kiyamachi street, with the promise they would be served “the best 𝘵𝘰𝘯𝘬𝘰𝘵𝘴𝘶 they will ever eat”, and every time their skepticism melted away after the first slurp. Founder Tatsuya Hashimoto was only 23 when he opened the doors to the first Zundo-ya in Himeji city, after an inspiring meeting with one of Japan’s most renowned ramen chefs, Shigetoshi Nakamura. His dream was to “leave a lasting impression on our customers as well as bring happiness into their lives through our ramen”. And happiness indeed did he bring, with a rich, creamy and comforting broth I have found nowhere else. 𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝗽𝗲𝗿𝗳𝗲𝗰𝘁 𝗭𝘂𝗻𝗱𝗼-𝘆𝗮 𝗲𝘅𝗽𝗲𝗿𝗶𝗲𝗻𝗰𝗲: 🔸 To get the full experience, order the 全部のせら-めん (𝘻𝘦𝘯𝘣𝘶𝘯𝘰𝘴𝘦 𝘳𝘢𝘮𝘦𝘯), which includes Zundo-ya's whole range of Kyushu toppings: chashu, soft-boiled egg, nori seaweed, fresh chives, garlic chips, bean sprouts, sesame seeds, chili and their signature 𝘵𝘢𝘬𝘢𝘯𝘢 pickle (which is absolutely delicious and you can even take home as a souvenir). 🔸 Order the soup こってり (𝘬𝘰𝘵𝘵𝘦𝘳𝘪), and receive the full power of Zundo-ya’s secret weapon 𝘴𝘦𝘢𝘣𝘶𝘳𝘢, creamy globes of pork back fat. You can go all the way to まみれ (𝘮𝘢𝘮𝘪𝘳𝘦), but I personally find it a bit too much. 🔸 Noodles are offered straight or wavy, with straight being the original version. 🔸 Ask for some 生にんにく (𝘯𝘢𝘮𝘢 𝘯𝘪𝘯𝘯𝘪𝘬𝘶), crushed raw garlic, to elevate your bowl to ramen heaven. Zundo-ya has now many branches all across Japan, and is launching itself into the international scene. My fingers are crossed they may come to Taiwan next.


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Open today: 11:00-03:00

121 Ishiyachō, Nakagyō-ku, Kyoto, 604-8002, Japan

+81 75 708 8434

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