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Mamezen: Original Ramen in Kyoto

Written on March 31, 2012

American friends brought Mamezen to my attention: it’s a small restaurant in Kyoto which specializes in ramen served in a soy milk-based broth.  This type of ramen is Mamezen’s own creation and it’s delicious.  I found this out firsthand yesterday when I lunched at this lovely out-of-the-way restaurant located in the city’s Shimogamo neighborhood.Kyotofoodie wrote a very comprehensive and informative blog posting on Mamezen, which you can see here.And as you can see from the “before” and “after” shots, above, I mean what I say when I say the soy milk based ramen broth was yummy.  I ordered the “omakase” lunch set which serves a bowl of ramen, pickles and yuba donburi rice bowl.Above is the chef and owner of Mamezan, Minoru Yonegawa, seen below with his wife, Mitsue, who works alongside her husband at the restaurant.An English language menu is available, and if you are in Kyoto, especially if you are in the Shimogamo area, you may want to stop by for a delicious–and healthy–bowl of ramen in a rich, yuba-based soy broth. And of course I couldn’t help but snap a photo of the beautifully repaired shoji, above.

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