THE BEST RAMEN IN SAIGON
"Rabid ramen rantings in Saigon."
PLACES WE CRUSHED BOWLS IN SAIGON:
1. Miso Chikura Ramen
2. Ramen Torisoba Mutahiro
3. Choi Oi Noodle
4. Ramen Ittou
5. Ramen Danbo
6. Ramen Tomidaya
No visit to Saigon is complete without a wander around the peculiar part of town known as "Japan Town". Home to more brothels disguised as "massage parlours" than anything else, you have to dig deep to find the gold hidden under all the layers of cheap lycra and bootleg perfume. The area is like a rabbit's warren of 2 meter wide alleys spinning out in all directions as if spun by a spider on DMT. Spend a little bit of time here and you'll soon find your bearings since it's sandwiched between the main roads of Le Than Thon and Hai Ba Trung.
The following Ramen shops are all worthy of your time and effort to track down, and allow yourself to be transported back to your last instance of gratification at the hands of a pair of chopsticks and spoon.
MISO CHIKURA RAMEN
Hidden in a different set of alleys away from "Sin-Town", this Miso Ramen is heavy and hearty and fatty and damn delicious.
Shoyu Ramen of the highest order, served in the dodgiest alleyways of Saigon. Ignore the throngs of massage girls and head here for a downright phenomenal bowl of Ramen.
CHOI OI NOODLE
If Spicy is your love language, then try the Tantanmen Ramen at this corner shop in Japantown. It's guaranteed to blow your socks off.
Silky Tonkotsu broth lay punishingly bullied by the weight of a perfectly cooked amber teardrop egg. Hard noodles (I asked for them) curled up like obedient snakes under a deep lake above. Pork this tender almost shouldn't be touched, lest it disintegrates into a seasoning flake that took far too long to prepare.
Often voted "The best ramen in HCMC", what really sets Tomidaya apart is the depth of flavour they manage to extract from a seemingly regular looking soup. Layered and punchy and wildly exciting, this soup bowl gives and gives with every elbow movement. They moved location, so watch out!
Solid Tonkotsu Ramen yet again in Sin-City. This is not the best you'll ever eat but it more than outshines Ippudo nearby.
All these recommendations are just personal opinions based on my palate, things change, chefs get fired or replaced, places open-close, relocate, so take it all with a pinch of MSG and discover your own gems too. But please do try a few of these, they have been researched exhaustively
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