Kyushu Jangara Ramen specializes in Tonkotsu ramen. Tonkotsu ramen is a ramen dish that originated in Fukuoka which is on Kyushu island (hence the name) and is made by stewing pork bones and other things like onions, garlic, spring onions, ginger, pork fat in a broth for up to eight hours and served with noodles and a range of toppings like eggs, Salmon Roe, pork belly, the list goes on.
There are six dishes to choose from. Regular, salt, spicy, creamy, soy, and of course vegan!
Personally, if you eat meat I would choose the Karabon. Its the spiciest one on the menu and it absolutely explodes with flavor. Not just because it’s spicy. It’s actually more of a pepper taste than a hot chilly spice taste.
Of course, if you are vegan/vegetarian there is always the vegan ramen made with vegetables, soy and yuzu (a popular Japanese citrus). It has a very rich, savory, smoky citrus taste and is absolutely delicious. Don’t take my word for it, Google it! It has been hailed by many to be the king of vegan ramen.
The restaurant itself has a very strange vibe. Exposed brickwork like a 1980s New York apartment, Colourfull font all over the place, As if you were eating in a kindergarten class, complete with paintings that look like five-year-olds have made them, and the music has to be heard to believed. It’s like a bass boosted, EDM version of the “best of the 80s 90s 00s and now”. Totally unexpected for a Ramen place in Japan (love it though).
There is nearly always a queue but don’t worry. No one is ever here longer than 15-20 mins and with about twenty-five seats (unless you go to the one in Akihabara which has about ten) It has a very fast turnover of patrons. They don’t speak a lick of English but that doesn’t matter because they have an English menu. Just point to what you want, pay, and sit down. No need to wait for a bill, when you’re finished just get up and leave (Harajuku). The best way to run a restaurant in my opinion.
Kyushu Jangara Ramen has several locations including Harajuku, (pictured) Ginza, and Akihabara. Although I have heard that the Akihabara one is a little difficult to find and is very small so get there early to avoid the queue.
Kyushu Jangara Ramen was one of the first places I ate in when I arrived in Japan and in my five months of being in Japan, I can honestly say that I have eaten here at least a dozen times since. I’m not stopping any time soon.
If anyone has any more details about Kyushu Jangara Ramen. Date established, creator, the reason for all the child drawings on the walls, music choice, etc I would greatly appreciate it if you could let me know. I haven’t been able to find any history on the establishment and would like to write more in-depth about the restaurant.