There is never a bad time to eat ramen. But everyone knows that it's especially good on a chilly winter day, which is exactly what we did!
We were in Omiya, a city in Saitama that I rarely go to, for my sister's wedding dress fitting. It was so much fun seeing her in all kinds of dresses! I took tons of pictures from every angle so she could review the fitting, but I am unable to disclose them due to part superstition, part too many to go through. So I thought I'd share where we went after the fitting!
Negijiro Ramen is located on the west side of Omiya Station, which is a bit more quiet than the other side. I'm not really familiar with this area, the last time I was here was in high school, but apparently it is considered a competitive ramen district by those who are "in" on the ramen scene. Obviously I am not one of them, but I happened to have a friend who recommended Negijiro Ramen if ever in Omiya.
It was our first time there, a tiny shop with maybe 10 or 12 seats around the counter. We all ordered Shoyu Ramen (soy-sauce based ramen), which is one of two most popular dishes, the other being their Tsuke-men (ramen noodles with a separate bowl of soup). Every order came with a small plate of boiled vegetables, which is not only filling, but very healthy, too.
The shoyu ramen was so delicious, the perfect combination of thick-ish noodles and light soy-sause soup, with a hint of pepper. And I didn't even have to add an egg to it, I love when it's part of the original menu!
What do you think? Will you try this ramen?
2-331 Sakuragi-cho Omiya-ku, Saitama-shi, Saitama JAPAN
TEL: 048 645 3711
OPEN: 11:00am to midnight
SHOYU RAMEN: 630 yen