Ichiban Boshi

My favourite ramen in the city.

October 30, 2021

Ichiban Boshi is located inside of The Galeries, next to Town Hall station. It’s my go-to ramen place if I happen to be in the city. It’s also across from the Kinokuniya bookstore, which is a great place to kill some time if I want to check out new book releases or Japanese stationery.

I don’t eat meat, but I make an exception for ramen broth (which is usually made with meat stock) because life would be depressing otherwise. Ichiban Boshi does have a vegetarian ramen on the menu, but it’s of the “salted soup” variety (read: the broth is very boring). So I usually go for the Tofu Ramen (16.9):

"Tofu Ramen"
"Tofu Ramen"

It’s with a miso broth, and comes with bamboo shoots (my favourite!) plus some deep-fried tofu.

This was my first time seeing my mum and brother together in a long time, considering we’ve just come out of a multi-month lockdown, so it was nice to catch-up.

My brother went for something quite out of the ordinary, the Sanratanmen (16.9):

"Ichiban Boshi Sanratanmen"
"Ichiban Boshi Sanratanmen"

It’s a bit of a mouthful to say, but translates to “hot and sour noodles”, and has a vinegary, spicy taste.

If I was still eating meat, I would definitely go for the Tokyo Ramen (14.9), which is my mum’s favourite:

"Ichiban Boshi Tokyo Ramen"
"Ichiban Boshi Tokyo Ramen"

As a side dish we also had the Chikuwa Isobeage (8.5). Probably not something I would have ordered on my own, if my mum wasn’t there to say we should get it, but I was pleasantly surprised. The inside was a solid white fishcake, with a deep-fried, crunchy exterior.

"Ichiban Boshi chikuwa-isobeage"
"Ichiban Boshi chikuwa-isobeage"

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