Imagine a ramen revolution where noodles take the spotlight, and broth gracefully bows in a separate bowl. Enter Tsukemen, the dipping ramen that lets you conduct a symphony of flavors. Unlike traditional ramen where noodles swim in broth, Tsukemen serves them separately. The noodles, chilled and thicker than normal ramen noodles, await a flavorful plunge into a concentrated, thicker broth that clings onto each strand when dipped.
I have a soft spot for Tsukemen. Unlike traditional ramen served piping hot, Tsukemen’s genius lies in its cold noodles paired with a hot broth. This temperature contrast is perfect for someone like me with a low tolerance for hot food. It strikes the ideal balance, making each dip a delightful, flavorful experience without scalding my taste buds.
Welcome to my top 4 Tsukemen picks!
1.Mendokoro’s Tsukemen Karai Tokusei: The Spicy Maestro of Dipping Delights! It stands tall as my top pick and Mendokoro’s Tsukemen Karai Tokusei, my ultimate OG of Tsukemen, is a flavor-packed masterpiece that draws me in every time. Beyond the nostalgia of queuing at their Salcedo Village spot, it’s the unmatched quality and flavor that keeps me hooked. This dish offers a rich, intense broth perfectly paired with chilled noodles that flawlessly absorb its bold spiciness. But here’s the showstopper—the generously served grilled pork steals the spotlight, elevating each dip into a delightful sensation. Although the tamago comes at an extra cost, it’s an indulgence that complements this Tsukemen delightfully. The blend of quality ingredients harmonizes to create a culinary masterpiece that’s worth waiting in line for, time and time again.
2.The Grid Gyokai and Spicy Gyokai Tsukemen: ‘Gyokai’ refers to seafood-flavored broth, and it’s the Spicy Gyokai Tsukemen that claims my Top #2 spot for its exceptional flavors, thickness of sauce, and customizable spiciness. This dipping ramen masterpiece boasts a bonito-flavored pork broth infused with chili oil, topped with chashu, negi, aji tamago, and sesame seeds. What’s impressive is not just the dish itself but also the generous serving size of noodles and the inclusion of tamago, making it a value-for-money treat. Additionally, the option to order via Food Panda and Grab enhances the accessibility of this delightful offering.
Tip: When at home or feeling lazy to dip the noodles in the broth, you can easily combine the hot broth with the cold noodles and enjoy it like traditional ramen.
3.Mitsuyado Seimen’s Karashi Tsukemen: This one stands out as my Top #3 choice, especially due to its exceptional noodles. Among all the tsukemen I’ve tried, these noodles reign supreme with their perfect thickness, delightful al dente texture, and satisfying chewiness. The fiery broth combined with these top-notch noodles makes for an unforgettable dining experience. Plus, the convenience of ordering takeout via Food Panda and GrabFood is a definite win. Tip: order those extra noodles for an even more satisfying feast!
4.Ramen Nagi’s Tsukemen: Featuring their signature tonkotsu broth with slices of chashu, lands as my Top 4 choice. While the flavors are delightful, the serving size falls a bit short of my expectations. The broth, though not as thick as I usually prefer, maintains a satisfying taste profile. As a fan of spicy flavors, this dish benefits greatly from adding the chili flakes found on their condiments tray. Not sure if the spice level is customizable. Unfortunately, takeout isn’t available for all their ramen options, but the taste remains delicious despite these limitations.
Question: Have you tried Tsukemen? Any restaurant suggestions for my next Tsukemen adventure?