Koukaibou | こうかいぼう
Style: Tonkotsu-Gyokai Double Soup
Bowl to Crush: Ramen + Ajitsuke Tamago | らーめん ＋ 味付たまご
Open since 2001, Koukaibou was one of the first "new generation" ramen shops to break away from traditional technique and explore new territory. Taguchi-san, the shop master, was also among the early innovators to employ a double-flavor soup – now a common approach in ramen shops across the country.
The soup here is a tonkotsu-gyokai fusion with niboshi. It's rich and smooth, but easy to drink – uncommonly light and balanced for this genre. Another interesting characteristic: this bowl has much less soup than a standard bowl of ramen. Taguchi-san has been quoted saying that he wants to create the kind of ramen that you can eat every day — something like the Japanese view on miso soup.
Koukaibou's toppings also excel. His egg, in particular, is one of the best we've ever had – flawless texture and consistency. The menma is also legit. Altogether, a simple yet outstanding bowl.
Japanese ramen forums have awarded Koukaibou high ratings since its debut. Taguchi-san does all the cooking solo, and the shop has lots of loyal fans, so expect at least a short wait to get a seat.
Opening Hours: Mon, Tue, Thu & Fri: 11:am-3pm, 5:30pm-6:30pm; Sat: 11am-3pm
Days Closed: Wednesday, Sunday, National Holidays
東京都江東区深川2-13-10 ニックハイム深川 1F
2-13-10 Fukagawa, Koto-ku, Tokyo