Ramen Adventures uses a five-star rating system. Ratings in general are a tricky subject. A five to you might be a three to me. Plenty of Michelin Three-Star restaurants in Tokyo do not align with the Tabelog Gold ranking. Some magazines favor the same shops year after year while others change with the seasons. I…

Welcome to the new Ramen Adventures. We’ve got a slick layout to quickly scan ramen reviews, and a map to find a shop near your destination. Consider it beta for the time being. We’ll work the kinks out soon!     A new merch design as well. In collaboration with Japanese designer Zu Zu Zu,…

 ZenPop Japanese Ramen Pack Check out the YouTube video! Instead of just doing an unboxing and eating of this tasty instant ramen pack, I packed a couple into my cycling pack, donned my cycling jersey from 1998, and rode around 75 kilometers into the distant reaches of western Tokyo. Grab your own pack here: https://bit.ly/3lQSmqH…

Mugiane x Little Pearl Popup in Washington, D.C. For the second time, I helped bring a ramen shop from Japan overseas for a popup event. This time was with Muginae, one of Japan’s most famous and celebrated shops in recent years. Two hour waits every day, number one on Tabelog, Michelin status, I was actually…

It’s time for my annual best-of list, where I look back over the year at my favorite bowls. Thirteen shops made the non-Tokyo lists this time. My non-ramen job takes me far and wide around Japan and gives me the opportunity to really try some excellent shops. Head over to Best of Ramen for the…

It’s time for my annual best-of list, where I look back over the year at my favorite bowls. These 14 shops are all in Tokyo, and all are highly recommended. Head over to my dedicated best-of site Best of Ramen for the details and maps. As always, this isn’t a best-of list in the traditional…

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