Thankfully I live close by to what one could almost call the Bermuda Triangle of Ramen shops. One of the newest is Marutama Ramen, a chain that started in 2001 in Ryogoku, Tokyo and Kawaguchi, Saitama, and also has locations in Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand. The broth here isn’t pork based like all the surrounding places but instead is chicken based that results in a pure milky white soup that is mild in flavor.
I really love all the wood used in the restaurant and the chopsticks are like no other I’ve seen anywhere else. They serve a toasted barley tea that is complimentary and provide a dish of fried garlic chips for the ramen. The tea really has a nutty flavor to it as well as being caffeine free.
On the menu they have a couple different cuts of pork including braised pork belly called Kakuni ($5.95). In each order you get 3 pieces, slightly small if you ask me. Flavor wise its delicious with a rich umami flavor profile and slight sweetness, the fat melted in my mouth and the meat was nice and juicy.
So far the ramen I’ve gone with is the house specialty, the Tomago Ramen ($10.95). Also in the bowl is Aosa seaweed along with thinly sliced green onions. They put one big or 2 smaller slices of pork in the soup, it’s lean but does have enough fat to keep it moist. The seaweed is not like nori in any way , as it melts in the soup it adds a slight saltiness. Noodle wise everything is made in-house everyday, they can cook them al dente, regular or long- I stick with regular. The soup is not as heavy as pork based broth which is the most noticeable thing here but the flavors are subtle, the garlic chips add a lot of flavor so put a few in.
This is what makes this place so special, the PERFECT soft-boiled egg that is flavored with some kind of magic! The yolk is gooey inside and it adds another layer of richness to the broth and the white is silky and melts in your mouth. The ramen I had comes with the egg bit it can be added to any bowl of noodles and I highly suggest trying it!
Overall this is one of the best bowls of ramen I have ever had, the flavor, quality of the broth and that amazing egg will keep me coming back for more without a doubt!