The Ramen Girls Festival is a ramen event aimed at girls. Although it has ‘girls’ in the title, anybody is welcome. The focus comes from how in the past, women wouldn’t be caught sitting in a greasy, male-oriented atmosphere – a stereotypical image of old ramen chains. But the festival aims to change that. This year’s event will take place at Nakano Shiki no Mori Park from April 26th to May 6th.
To date, the Ramen Girls Festival has taken place three times at Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse and branched out to Osaka and Nagoya last year. In 2017 alone, more than 32,000 people attended the festival. This year, the long-awaited Tokyo event will take place.
Female ramen producer Satoko Morimoto eats about 600 bowls of ramen every year. From long-standing old ramen shops to newer establishments, she has selected an array of popular branches from across Japan to participate in this year’s Ramen Girls Festival. About 70% of those chosen are fresh faces to the event.
Each and every participating ramen shop will serve up their own original menu and toppings for female customers only. There’s plenty to look forward to at this year’s festival: the female-only area, sweets, handsome ramen staff, and for the first time in the festival’s history a sake area which will pair up suitable drinks to go with ramen. Guys can attend the event too, so be sure to stop by.
Kumo no Ito
・“Yamagata Style Niboshi Ramen”
The soup of this ramen uses several varieties of carefully picked seasonal niboshi. It will spread through your body and is prepared and cooked right in front of you. There are people who travel all the way to Yamagata just to eat the thick chijirimen curly noodles! Yamagata has the highest consumption rate of ramen anywhere in Japan. You can have your ramen from Kumo no Ito with or without A-rank backfat pork which can be prepared quickly or richly.
Chukasoba de Komatsu × Goden
・“Hot & Sour Soup Noodles” / “Cold Dan Dan Noodles”
Godan, who painstakingly make their own homemade noodles, are collaborating with Chukaosba de Komatsu, who have over 10 years in the chuka ramen business, to serve up hot and sour soup noodles which are very popular amongst women! There are three dried shrimp dashi to choose from which are spicy and sour. The striking dish is inspired by the fireworks in Omagari, Akita.
・ “High-Grade Lobster & Thick Miso Ramen”
This ramen is made in a large pot combining 30kg of high quality lobster with miso paste. You’ll be surprised by just how photogenically great the dish looks as it’s served with a whole lobster. The flat noodles were co-created with Phoenix Karasu of long-standing ramen store Asakusa Mankairou. These high quality noodles are made with semolina which is also used in pasta, but they still have that familiar ramen texture to them.
There are many other popular ramen shops participating in the festival, so join in and find your favourite bowl!
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