Mitsuya-douseimen is a tsukemen specialty shop in Nakameguro, Tokyo. They’ve got some crazy dishes, including Italian Carbonara tsukemen right now for a limited time!
For those not familiar, tsukemen is simply dipping ramen – where the noodles are separate from the broth. Carbonara is a creamy Italian pasta made with egg, bacon, pepper, and of course cheese.
Like it was concocted in some umami lab, this restaurant’s Carbonara tsukemen is a beautiful marriage of East and West.
The dipping broth is decidedly Carbonara creamy, with plenty of cheese and some milk. Also true to Carbonara, there are little pieces of soft bacon in the broth.
Like wish all their tsukemen, the noodles for the broth are carefully hand-made. Egg noodles with a nice bite to them. In the Carbonara tsukemen, the noodles are gently covered by a blanket of egg sprinkled with negi and parmesean cheese.
The egg blanket’s egg white is uniquely prepared – it’s almost like cotton candy, or like you’re eating a melting cloud.
You can order your noodles hot or cold. For the noodle amount, pictured is “nami,” or the regular amount.
Carbonara Tsukemen: 1,280 Yen
Being on creamy Cloud Nine: Priceless!
The Carbonara tsukemen is a limited time offering – so grab it while it’s hot!
Fiery Hot Miso Tsukemen
Mitsuya-douseimen has awesome limited dishes every season. This summer they brought forth a fiery hot Miso tsukemen.
Since it was summer, the broth was actually cool, temperature-wise. But it was insanely spicy, to the point where I was dumping out the napkin holder to take care of my sweaty brow. Since it’s miso-based it was a bit sweet, but still carried a savory quality. Absolutely delicious.
The other selling point of this dish is little strips of Shabu style pork. This is an appropriate contrast to the crunch from the bean sprouts, cucumber and little bits of negi.
All sizes were the same price too: 930 yen for Sho, Chu and Dai (Small, Medium, Large). Bear in mind that even with Small, there’s a lot of noodles!
Their cheese tsukemen is available all year round, at 1,020 yen. You can add more noodles for another 100 yen. For these regular menu items, you can choose thin (hoso-men) or thick (futo-men) noodles. The below cheese tsukemen is with hosomen.
There’s a thick cheese sauce (like cheddar) that is separate from the noodles and broth. It goes perfectly with the saltier tsukemen broth, which has hints of egg, lemon and yuzu (a citrus fruit found here).
Miso Ja Ja Men
Here’s another limited time dish that was available in the summer – Ja Ja men, for 900 Yen. Ja ja men is influenced by Chinese cuisine. The thick, sticky sauce is made from ground pork miso, accompanied by cucumbers and pickles.
The miso ensures the dish has wonderful sweet, tangy flavor.
No matter what season you go, Mitsuya-douseimen is the place for legendary tsukemen. High-quality ingredients, hand-made noodles, and creative fusion all make this a place worth eating at.
Address: 3-3-9 Kamimeguro Meguro Tokyo (東京都 目黒区 上目黒 3-3-9 第２牡丹ビル １Ｆ)
Train Station: Naka Meguro (Toyoko, Hibiya Lines)
Shop Hours: Everyday! 11:00～2:00 18:00～1:00 (or until they run out)
More Info: Tabelog Link