You Can Never Have Enough Ramen – Hidakaya

Aaron Baggett

Being that this is Tokyo, there is an excess number of unique places to eat ramen. Each shop can have it’s own style and taste, as well as differ in price from shop to shop. Fortunately, more often than not, ramen is going to be in the average cheapo’s price range. I can probably throw a rock down any alley in Tokyo and it will hit a dozen ramen shops that serve a king-sized bowl of ramen for around 500yen. And coming from a college student’s perspective, where cup-ramen is your breakfast, lunch and dinner (not to mention a form of currency); the ramen you’re getting in Tokyo might as well be a steak dinner. While there are tons of places I can talk about, right now I just want to give a shout out to Hidakaya.

Hidakaya is a ramen chain specializing in Chinese style ramen and meals. Hidakaya is cheap, has a large menu and you can find their shops utterly everywhere in Tokyo. With over 12 different bowls of ramen to choose from and not one of them being over 600yen, it can be a great choice for those who’ve found themselves visited by the hyaku-yen fairy. Hidakaya is also where I get my gyoza from, with six pieces at just 200yen; plus plenty of discounted ramen sets for you to check out. But my main claim for Hidakaya is it’s fried nirareba. It’s one of my most favorite things to eat and is simple enough to cook, but I really hate cooking. So instead of burning my apartment down, I rather walk down the street and drop 490yen on some nirarebe.

Price:Varies, but ramen bowls range from 390yen to 590yen and around 800yen for sets./td>
Location:Akihabara, Ebisu, Gotanda, Hatsudai, Ichigaya, Iidabashi, Ikebukuro, Jimbocho, Kagurazaka, Kanda, Kojimachi, Ningyocho, Nippori, Okachimachi, Okubo, Oomori, Roppongi, Shibuya, Shinjuku, Takadanobaba, Ueno, Uguisudani, Yotsuya
Business hours:Depends on the location, but most are 24/7.

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