My first experience with Chuuka Soba Ichiriki was when they made a brief appearance at the Shinyokohama Raumen Museum last year. And ever since then, I just knew I had to hunt down the original location in Tsuruga. Ichiriki has been around for 50+ years and it's another one of those ramen-ya's that started from a yatai (push cart) near the train station. Although the soup for all the ramen here is the same, the Chashu Ramen is by far the most popular. This "double chashu" ramen starts with a meaty layer of chashu from the pig's leg followed by the juicy fatness of the ribs. Yup! It's that awesome! I decided to get a little crazy and ordered the Chashu Wonton Men. The wontons were tiny, bite-size morsels of goodness that accompanied the amazing "double chashu" in a lightly, rich peppery broth. The noodles were surprisingly curly for being down this far south, but they had just the right bite to them. I'd have to say that this was one of my favorite bowls from my most recent trip.
Tsuruga is about an hour Northwest of Nagoya on the Sea of Japan side. Ichiriki is about a 30-minute walk from Tsuruga Station so I recommend taking either a taxi or the bus. If you're cheap like me, then let me tell you how to take the bus. Once you exit the station you'll see a コミュ二ティバスのりば (Community Bus Stop) sign on your left (see last slide above). Get on that bus and head for a stop called Shiyakusho-mae (市役所前). You can get a bus schedule from the info desk at the station which tells you all the times for the bus. Anyway, once you get to Shiyakusho-mae and exit the bus, walk to your left and make a right at the intersection. After a few more steps, you should be able to see Ichiriki on your right. They are open from 11am to 7:30pm and closed on Tuesdays. To get back to the station just hop on the same bus from the opposite side of the street.
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