A noodle restaurant for those who don’t eat pork

By on December 15, 2017

When temperatures drop, nothing is as comforting as a bowl of piping hot ramen.  But since the rise of Japanese ramen as an international culinary trend, many muslims and vegetarians have been left out.

Recently, the Japanese noodle scene in Tokyo has undergone a makeover to include even the muslim and vegetarian dining crowd.

One Halal-certified noodle restaurant called “Shinjuku Gyouen Ramen Ouka” located in Shinjuku has started serving the muslim community in Tokyo.

Unlike all other noodle restaurants, Shinjuku Gyoen Ramen Ouka offers a bowl of homemade noodles without the pork broth or sake-containing soy sauce Japan traditionally uses to enhance the soup flavor.

Instead, the noodle shop relies on substitutes that surprisingly work – sea bream soup and a meringue topping with yuzu (Japanese citron) and tomato, an ingredient never before seen in traditional ramen in Japan. The result is a combination of delicious tangy and salty flavors.  As toppings, people instead get grilled chicken in place of the  pork ‘chashu‘ slices and hardboiled eggs.

Open everyday except Mondays and 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month.   11:30 am – 3 pm, 6-9 pm.   Tel. 03-5925-8426

Address:  1-11-7 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo






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