Saiin Station is where the Hankyu Kyoto Line and Keifuku Line intersect. Just after getting off the station, there was a ramen shop with a lot of people coming and going, so I decided to go in as well…
Jukusei Menya Jinrai｜The restaurant is always packed with people for its light back fat ramen.
The restaurant is long and narrow in the back, with 15 to 6 counter seats lined up in the back along the cooking area. There are also several tables behind the counter seats, and the number of seats is rather large for a ramen shop. Despite this, the restaurant is quite crowded with customers no matter when they enter, if not to the point of queuing up, which alone is indicative of the popularity of the restaurant.
The ramen here is a single back fatty soy sauce ramen based on chicken and pork bone broth. There are four types of ramen depending on the amount of chashu pork toppings, and further variations can be made by arranging toppings such as green onions, half-boiled egg, and garlic.
Examples of Jukusei Menya Jinrai’s menu
- Ramen (normal) 680 yen
- Chashu-men 830 yen
- Special Seared Chashu-men 900 yen
- Meatless ramen 600 yen
Special Seared Chashu Men: Seared chashu pork covering the bowl, crunchy garlic and green onion in the center… Despite its appearance, the taste is light and refreshing!
This time, I ordered the top-of-the-line ramen menu of Jhinrai, the Special Aburi-Chashu-men…
The back fatty soup, the seared chashu pork that covered the ramen bowl and protruded outside, and the crunchy garlic garlic in the center of the bowl with green onions…you might imagine that the ramen was quite rich from the outside, but…
However, when I took a sip of the soup, I found that it was much lighter than I had expected. But it was not light, and the flavor was well seasoned…it reminded me somehow of Kansai udon dashi.
While enjoying a mouthful of this light soup, I sometimes bite into a crunchy garlic clove to stimulate my nose and brain (if you do not like garlic, you can order without it), and then slurp down the straight noodles in harmony with the soup in one go…you may find this quite addictive. If you are not satisfied with the thin taste, please use the spicy miso paste or vinegar provided at the table to change the taste.
Fried Chicken｜The juices from the thigh meat are soaked into the soy sauce and sake sauce, making it juicy!
Next, let me introduce you to the large fried chicken (550 yen for 6 pieces)…
What was brought to me was, as you can see, a round plate piled high with fried chicken. The menu says the dish contains six pieces, but at this time there were seven large pieces of karaage on the plate. The reddish color of the fried meat is probably the color of the soy sauce sauce in which the meat was marinated.
The karaage is so large that it is a little difficult to pick it up with chopsticks. The surface is crispy, and when you bite into a piece, the fat from the thigh meat begins to overflow from the cross section. This fat is fully soaked up by the soy sauce and sake flavors of the marinade, making it a very juicy fried chicken. Do not be fooled by the fried meat at a ramen shop. I would like to try this karaage with rice next time.
A special lunch menu and dinner sets are also available! To get to Jukusei Menya Shinrai, get off at Saiin Station on the Hankyu Kyoto Line (or Arashiyama Electric Railway).
Now, here are the details of the restaurant…
Address: 1 Mibu Fuchida-cho, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto
Phone number: 075-315-9588
Business hours: 11:30-25:00
Closed: Basically open every day
Parking: No parking lot
Credit card payment: Not accepted (PayPay is supported)
P.S. If you are looking for delicious ramen in Kyoto, please stop by this article…