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  • If there's one thing in Tokyo that keeps you spoiled for choice, it's ramen.

  • While in the West, Ramen is basically college survival food, in Japan, it's a cultural delicacy.

  • And nearly every shop serves its own variation.

  • So, to help you along the way, here is Tokyo Cheapo's guide to ramen.

  • Classifying ramen can actually get a little confusing.

  • Some people like to do it based on the broth being used.

  • Broth bases are kotteri or assari, which is "heavy" and "light" in English.

  • With that in mind, we're going to do what most Japanese do and break ramen down by flavor.

  • Shio is salt flavored ramen.

  • Broths are usually light.

  • Miso ramen is heavy, often loaded with a lot of toppings.

  • Shoyu is soy sauce, and is usually somewhere between a light and heavy based broth.

  • There is also tonkotsu, arguably the most popular kind of ramen.

  • Tonkotsu is actually referring to the broth, but most people mix it into a flavor category.

  • It's made from pork bones and is the heaviest ramen.

  • So, now you're probably realizing that there is a ton of ramen out there.

  • Some neighborhoods, like Ogikubo, are famous for their ramen.

  • Tokyo Station also has the tourist-friendly Ramen Street, home to eight different variations of ramen to try.

  • T's Tan Tan, one of Tokyo's few vegan ramen shops, is also located inside Tokyo Station.

  • There's also Mutekiya in Ikebukuro, so popular that you're almost guaranteed to have to wait in line.

  • In the end, the best ramen will always be a matter of debate,

  • but if you're new to Tokyo, the standard of competition is so high pretty much any ramen shop you stumble across will be good.

  • Ordering ramen is pretty easy, but some places will let you customize your order.

  • For example, you can choose futomen or hosomenthick or thin noodleskatamen, futsu, or yawarakamehard, medium, or soft noodles.

  • Some shops also let you order kaedama, which is "another round of noodles".

  • And if you have absolutely no idea what to do or say, just ask, "Osusume wa?" for their own recommendation.

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If there's one thing in Tokyo that keeps you spoiled for choice, it's ramen.

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