Another day in Japan = another day for ramen!!!
Our AirBnB host told us of this magical “Ramen Street” that could be found under Tokyo Station. OK! She probably only needed to stop at “ramen” for us to buy in.
So off we went to hunt down this underground shopping area. Tokyo Station can be quite big so it took a bit of skittering around to find the subtle 2 flights of stairs that led down into none other than — Ramen Street!
Upon descending the stairs, we caught sight of our target location, the famous “Rokurinsha”, where Tsukemen (ramen dipping noodles) were popular.
From the long line, it was a good sign that we were in for a good meal. As we learned so frequently on this trip, long lines = locals love it = good food!
And so we waited…
Oy, both me and Piggy were starving. Luckily, there was a nearby onigiri shop. Yattaa!
Like the piggies we were, needed to “warm up” our appetites.
We waited for about 25 minutes, which wasn’t so awful, and were seated in a little corner after we got our meal tickets.
Once seated, I noticed a Japanese man eating by himself to the table next to us. He had finished all of the noodles in his bowl and waved over the waitress. What I saw next was new to me. The waitress brought over what looked like a tea pot and began pouring broth into the man’s leftover dipping sauce. With both hands, the patron promptly brought the new bowl of soup to his lips and began drinking. To my surprise, he finished it all!
Well, I thought to myself I would have to try that. And luckily, not long after, we got our orders.
Ohhh yes. This looked so incredible. After I dove in, I found that I was halfway through my noodles and was already feeling stuffed!
Holy cow. How did that guy do it? Granted I did have a rice ball before but I could feel the formation of a food baby coming on. Still, both Piggy and I pushed through and I managed to do get my noodles down with some dipping sauce left. I gestured to a waitress and had the aromatic dashi filled broth poured into my dipping sauce. The newly created, steaming soup was tasty but I was so full I was only able to have a few sips before surrendering!
Done with our meals, we rolled off our seats and started to slowly shuffle out the restaurant. Desperately needing a walk, we began roaming the rest of the underground shopping mall and spotted several cool stores.
We were so stoked to see a Shonen Jump store! I’m a huge fan of their shows like Naruto, Bleach, Dragon Ball (woo!), and Hunter x Hunter.
Ready to move onto our next destination, we hopped on the train and made our way over to the Beverly Hills of Japan, Ginza.
People were not joking when they talked about the affluence of Ginza. All the major luxury brands lined the sidewalks. From Gucci to Chanel, all of the luxury brands were there and a wide variety of brands we’ve never seen.
About a 10 minute walk from the station, we finally found the famous UNIQLO! 12 glorious stories stood majestically before us.
Each floor had a different category: new releases, men’s business, men’s casual, women’s apparel, clearance. etc.
Just to illustrate how long we both spent in the store, it was completely dark when we finally got out.
Roaming back to the station, we knew it was time for dinner. We spotted this restaurant glowing in the distance and decided to go for it.
Apparently, it was famous in Singapore and they had one of our most beloved foods — xiao long bao!
Even better, the xiao long bao (soup dumplings) came in a variety of exotic flavors and colors. It was like a rainbow of bliss pillows waiting for us to plow our faces into.
To round out our meal, both Piggy and I ordered some more colorful concoctions. Both were sooo good we weren’t sure if there was even any alcohol in there.
It took about 10 minutes for it to set in. But there definitely was.
We picked up a few more bites, both really really tasty.
With full bellies, empty wallets, and bountiful shopping bags, we were ready to go home. Another awesome blossom day in Japan down!