Muteppou | 無鉄砲 中野店
Bowl to Crush: Tonkotsu Ramen | とんこつラーメン
If your mind jumps to rich, creamy tonkotsu soup whenever you hear the word ramen, Muteppou is the shop for you. Headquartered in Nara, Muteppou has several shops around Japan. The Tokyo shop launched in 2010 to great fanfare, getting featured on local TV on several occasions. The shop's founder and president, Akasako-san, is a true tonkotsu badass who insists on cooking his soup 24 hours a day. At any given hour there is at least one apprentice in the kitchen using a giant metal bar to stir Muteppou's huge, simmering vat of mangled pork bones.
The result is a soup that has all the decadent heaviness of hardcore tonkotsu, but none of the pork stink you find at some gritty tonkotsu shops – something about their slow boiling process and constant stirring seems to refine the soup. It’s very rich, not the kind of soup you necessarily want to drink to the last drop. The noodles are thin and uncommonly curly for tonkotsu ramen – an interesting touch.
Newcomers will undoubtedly enjoy this bowl, while veteran tonkotsu heads will find plenty of subtle deviations to appreciate.
Opening Hours: 11am-3pm, 6pm-11pm
Days Closed: Monday
4-5-1 Egota, Nakano-ku, Tokyo