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Wan Wan has reviews for restaurants not only in Tokushima, but also in Ehime and Kyoto. Each review is accompanied by a literal swathe of photos and you can search for reviews based on your budget, the type of cuisine, and much more.

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Fukurou Ramen

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Fukurou

The storefront to Fukurou.

徳島県鳴門市大津町矢倉字東の越15-17

Tel.
088-684-2960

Hours
11:00-21:00
* Closed on Wednesdays

If you’re looking for a filling meal and a new flavour of ramen,  thenFukurou is the place to be.

Perhaps the most appropriate way to describe the menu of Fukurou is a surprising sense of volume. The standard serving of ramen is much like that found in other stores, but once you leave the safe and normal territory then you’re in for a ride. Just about every other order on the menu is filled with all kinds of meat and vegetables, and I can guarantee you won’t be left wanting at the end of your meal.

Ramen at Fukurou

A bowl of 'genki soba' ramen at Fukurou

What’s more, the menu has a lot of other options in addition to the standard ramen and gyoza fare. For example, in addition to bowls of rice and plates of shumai, you can also order curry rice (although not the kind you may be used to), kimchi and almost any other combination of noodles, rice and common vegetables that you can imagine.

  • Chuka Soba – 530 yen
  • Genki Soba – 680 yen
  • Curry Rice – 380 yen
  • Gyoza – 320 yen
  • Shumai – 260 yen
  • Kimchi – 180 yen

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A look at the inside of the shop.

Store Interior
Located next to one of the main roads running through Matsushige to Naruto City, the shop is easy to find. It has a generous parking space, and like many ramen shops, the interior of the store is very understated, with both table and counter seats available.

Tickets are bought from a machine at the door, and pictures are available for most of the items on the menu so you can work out what to get in advance event if you can’t read Japanese.

Ramen Soup Nuts

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Your standard bowl of ramen at Soup Nuts.

Your standard bowl of ramen at Soup Nuts.

Tokushima-shi Minami Tamiya-cho 1-5-25

Tel.
088-677-8380

Hours
* 11:30 – 14:30
* 17:30 – 21:00
* Closed on Wednesdays

For a fresh style of ramen with a fish stock base.

Don’t let the name fool you – soup nuts has little to do with normal soup, or nuts. It is in fact a ramen shop just north of Tokushima Station that, unlike many ramen stores in Tokushima, uses a fish stock base to its soup rather than pork or chicken.

While the stock for the soup has a unique taste that might not be for everyone,  the entire menu tastes a new take on the standard ramen fare. The gyouza are served with a special miso sauce instead of standard gyouza sauce, and the menu has a few new additions such as egg with chashuu on rice and other, similar combinations.

A plate of gyouza with miso sauce. More filling than they appear.

A plate of gyouza with miso sauce. More filling than they appear.

And for those who feel that your standard ramen with a side of gyouza is just about right, but be deceived! At first glance the ramen doesn’t seem very big, but once you set out to eating you start to realise how filling it is. The gyouza are also very large, and if anyone ever manages to leave feeling unsatisfied, please send us an email so we can mark the occasion.

Another speciality of the store is “tsuke-men”. Rather than standard ramen where everything is put together in the one bowl of soup, here you are served the soup by itself with a plate of noodles and other ingredients to individually dip in and eat separately.

  • Ramen – 630 yen
  • Tokusei Ramen (large) – 830 yen
  • Tsuke-men – 680 yen
  • Tokusei Tsuke-men – 880 yen
  • Gyouza – 400 yen
  • Onsen Tamago Nose Chashuu-don – 400 yen
The beacon to Soup Nuts - an orange sign poking its head out onto the street.

The beacon to Soup Nuts - an orange sign poking its head out onto the street.

Store Interior
The store itself is very minimalist, and is a lot less like normal ramen shops and more like a trendy cafe. The seats are hollow stools with room inside them to put bags and other items you might bring with you, and the counter and walls are very bare. It all comes together to give the place a very open atmosphere, but those looking for a homely ramen shop with fifty years of random paraphernalia tacked to the walls might feel a little disappointed.

Kincho Manju

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There are two varieties of Kincho Manju - chocolate and vanilla.

The two flavours of Kincho Manju in a mixed flavour 6-pack.

Kincho Manju (金長まんじゅう) are one of Tokushima’s most famous sweets, first produced way back in 1937 by the well-known sweets company Hallelujah in Komatsushima City. They are noted for being the first manju in all of Japan to use chocolate in their outer coating, and even today are available in their original format. Inside the chocolate-flavoured outside is a soft white bean found in many such similar sweets across the country.

Kincho Manju are currently available in two varieties – Kincho Manju and Kincho Gold.

Pricing
Kincho Manju are available in a variety of different numbers, and you can even get boxes with both flavours in them. The current lineup is as follows:

6-pack:   735 yen
10-pack: 1,155 yen
15-pack: 1,732yen
20-pack: 2,310 yen

The Awa Tanuki Battle
The name ‘Kincho’ comes from an old tanuki (racoon dog) of legend who used to live in the Komatsushima City area. A very popular character, he was also a major player in the legendary Awa Tanuki Battle and is even today remembered for the good luck he is said to have brought the region.

And so, every time you buy Kincho Manju, you can see the face of a tanuki on the wrapping paper, box and on each of the individual wrappers for the sweets.

Keika Ramen (桂花らーめん)

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A view of Keika Ramen from outside the store. (Photo by Miree)

Author: Miree

Kachidoki Bridge 1-35, Tokushima City, on Route 55!

Tel
088-655-4055

Hours
11:30 – 15:00 and 17:00 – 23:00
* Closed on Tuesdays

Tasty Tonkotsu Ramen and more!

The basic bowl of Keika ramen comes with one piece of pork, half a half-boiled egg, and the usual spring onions and other ingredients you would expect from a common tasty ramen. And that’s what you get: not less and not more, but for a very reasonable price of 550 yen. You can have also umeboshi for free! The gyoza are pretty standard and good.

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