Tsukemen-ya Jou


2-34-2 Nozawa, Setagaya-ku
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NileGuide Expert tip:

Don't order more noodles than you can handle; leaving a plate with food on it is simply bad etiquette. Come on a hot day and order the refreshing yuzu tsukemen.


The "jou" in Tsukemen-ya Jou (つけ麺や 穣) means 10 to the 28th power. As surprising as it may be that there is actually a Japanese character for this number, even more surprising is the amount of noodles they serve up on plates alongside bowls of savory dipping soup. Actually, there are three sizes to choose from, and the small is something anybody can handle. Order the large size (大盛り) from the ticket vending machine, however, and you're looking at around 600 grams of delicious, thick and curly noodles. All sizes are the same price, but beware: it's simply bad etiquette to order more than you can handle.

The dipping soups are some of the best that Tokyo's tsukemen (ramen with noodles and soup served separately) scene has to offer. They proudly advertise their tuna-based seafood soup on the storefront, but just as delicious - and oh-so-refreshing on a hot summer day - is their special yuzu (ゆず; lemon-like citrus fruit) soup.
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