It is not unusual for a long-established ramen restaurant in Ichijoji, Kyoto, to have several apprentices who come to train at the restaurant or go independent after honing their skills.
In fact, the ramen shop introduced here was established in 1971 and is one of the oldest in Ichijoji. In addition to the main store in Ichijoji, it is now one of the most famous stores in Japan, with branches not only in Kyoto but also in Tokyo.
Unfortunately, however, you cannot always get exactly the same food at these branches as at the main store. In particular, there are warnings on the Internet about this restaurant, and it seems that, good or bad, you have to treat the main restaurant and its branches completely separately…
Tentenyu Head Shop｜Pioneer of Toripaitan Soup in Ichijyoji, Kyoto, keeping the old tradition alive.
It is a bit of a sad fact, but if you take a peek at the website here, you will find the information to be credible. The main restaurant has not been added to the list of stores, even though it is part of a chain with the same name.
I will not pry into what happened in the inner circle here, but for now, I will treat the main store and its branches separately on this page.
The menu at Tentenyu Head Shop is simply a single chicken white soup.
Aside from that, the Tentenyu Head Shop is, in a sense, a legend of Toripaitan, having been serving only Toripaitan soup long before the recent boom in Toripaitan ramen. The soup, which is carefully made by slowly simmering chicken and vegetables, has been described as “like potage soup,” and has made Tenpakuyu a popular restaurant for nearly 50 years since its establishment.
The ramen menu at TenTenYu is quite simple, with the standard menu consisting of “Chuka Soba” with chicken noodle soup, more noodles, pork, boiled egg, or hot spring egg.
- Chuka-soba (Chinese noodle) ordinary: 650 yen
- Chashu-men: 800 yen
For the same price, you can add boiled egg or onsentamago (soft-boiled egg)
Medium (1.5 balls of noodles) and large (2 balls of noodles) are 50 yen and 150 yen more, respectively.
Tentenyu’s Chinese noodles: A pioneer of chicken noodle soup… The chicken flavor is concentrated in a slightly thickened broth!
I ordered a bowl of chashu-men with boiled egg. In the center of the bowl of chashu covering the entire bowl, a half-boiled egg is split into two pieces and placed on top. Here is a picture…
Quickly, first a sip of the soup… As you can see, it is not a cloudy, sludgy soup, but rather quite clear for a Toripaitan soup. As you put it in your mouth, the rich chicken flavor and the sweetness of the vegetables spread out, and then you feel a slight thickening of the soup. It is no wonder it is compared to potage soup.
Then, the straight thin noodles, which are entangled in the thickened broth, slide smoothly down the throat while delivering a rich chicken flavor.
Lastly, the chashu pork that covers the entire bowl… It may be hard to tell from the picture, but it is moist and juicy with juices locked in. In a world where it is not unusual for a bowl of ramen to cost over 1,000 yen, I sincerely hope that Tentenyu will continue its business as it is.
A famous restaurant in Ichijyoji, Kyoto that has been in business for nearly 50 years with only one Toripaitan soup… To get to Tentenyu Head Shop, a 5-minute walk from the nearest station, Ichijyoji Station on the Eizan Electric Railway line.
Now, here are the details of the store.
Address: 49 Nishisuginomiya-cho, Ichijyoji, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto
Phone number: 075-711-3255
Business hours: Monday-Saturday 18:00-2:30, Sunday 18:30-1:30
Parking: No parking lot
Credit card payment: Not accepted (cash only)
P.S. If you are looking for delicious ramen in Kyoto, please stop by this article below…
P.P.S. On the other hand, it was this restaurant that triggered the nationwide boom of Toripaitan ramen…