February 12, 2016
Happy almost Valentine’s Day everyone! We noticed tons of Valentine’s Day specials around Tokyo, and we can’t partake in all of them, but we definitely couldn’t resist trying the Chocolate Ramen. It’s not done everywhere as far as we know. It’s supposedly done at this one restaurant, Menya Musashi in Shinjuku, so we made the journey out there to see what it’s all about.
And, yes, we know this isn’t really ramen, per se. When we first found out about it and saw pictures, it looked like traditional ramen, with broth and noodles together. The vending machine only offered the Tsukemen version, though, which is when the noodles and broth are separated and you dip the noodles into the broth. It’s supposed to be a different style broth as well, I think. I’m not too sure. I’m still levelling up my ramen eating skills. I’m just going to keep calling this Chocolate Ramen for convenience’s sake, though, since that’s easier to understand for some.
Let me just say, though, that this stuff was AMAZING! I was utterly surprised at how good this stuff was. I was expecting it to be sweet and chocolately yet yummy, but the chocolate wasn’t at the forefront of the taste. The chocolate was the first thing you tasted, but then the rest of your tongue gets coated in the savoury soup stock. Kind of like when you have salt in your chocolate, this is the inverse: chocolate in your salt. And it works, and it’s wonderful.
I will say as well, though, that Martina’s a big sissy for not ordering it herself. See, we came here early, without eating breakfast, so that our tastebuds would be in full effect, but Martina was getting to the hangry point, and she didn’t want to risk having a bad meal. OH YE OF LITTLE FAITH! Don’t you know yet that Japanese specials don’t suck!? Or do they? Every one we’ve tried so far, from McDonald’s Chocolate Fries to Sake Kit Kats were amazing. We’re three for three right now. Oh wait, that Strawberry Curry was horrendous. 3/4. That’s still not bad!
Lastly, I LOVED THE STAFF! I’m not sure what they were saying yet, but the serious male chanting while making amazing noodles excited me like a kid hearing music at an amusement park. I WANT TO GO ON ALL THE RIDES! I WANT TO EAT ALL THE NOODLES!
Anyhow, if you’re in Tokyo you still have time to try the Chocolate Ramen before it’s done! It’s called Menya Musashi. Head over to 7 160 0023, 7 Chome-2-6 Nishishinjuku, Shinjuku, Tokyo 160-0023. We walked from Okubo station and it was pretty straightforward to get to. Go! Don’t ask questions! Just go there!