Since 2017 I have been exploring the ramen scene in The Netherlands (mainly near Rotterdam). Below are restaurants which I often go to if I need to get my ramen fix. This list is based on my personal preference.
My requirements are:
- El dente and chewy noodles
- Soup with a lingering feeling on the back of your tongue, rich in umami
- Soft and flavourful meat
- Toppings that match well with the soup
Yokohama Ramen Saito | Schiedam
The first ramen place that gave me the ‘oh, ramen-can-be-this-good’- experience. Favourite ramen: deep thick Tonkotsu broth with broad chewy noodles, soy version, topped with extra menma.
Tensai Ramen | Rotterdam
Tensai taught me a new Tonkotsu flavour. Favourite ramen: Black Tonkotsu, a tad lighter than Saitou’s Tonkotsu. Creamy, floaty and an addicting broth. Very thin and straight noodles, hakata style.
Ramen Nikkou | Delft
Only went here once, but the taste was very nice. Light, flavourful, and
good quality broth. Very soft meat topping. It was just perfect. I tried the Sio ramen (pork, chicken, shellfish and fish broth). I will need to eat some more times here to find my favourite ramen. I love the fact that you can take out using your own 1L container. Very sustainable.
I notice that I prefer one-of-a-kind places more.
I haven’t eaten a lot of ramen in Amsterdam yet, but I got some recommendations. Susam from bySam.nl suggested Men Impossible for freshy homemade noodles and it’s vegan. SORA Sapporo Ramen for a nice bowl of tonkotsu.
Mr. Saitou recommended a new branch of Fou Fow Ramen, specialized in udon. Also Ramen-Kingdom near the Amsterdam train station looked very good. They just opened and have a 4.8 star rating now on Google. They even have capsule toy machines!
If you know any good ramen places, please let me know. Have a good day!