One of the Top Famous Restaurants in Saitama Prefecture! Thick Tsukemen at “Noroshi”!
When thinking of tsukemen in Saitama Prefecture, one that is sure to come up is “Noroshi” in Saitama City.
Established as an independent shop after its owner trained at “Ore no Sora” in Takadanobaba, Noroshi is one of the most popular restaurants in Saitama Prefecture.
Just how good is it, since it’s been said to have surpassed its origin shop “Ore no Sora”?!
The Main Location is a Short Ways from the Station
“Noroshi” is around 10 minutes on foot from the New Shuttle Tetsudo-Hakubutsukan Station or the Tobu Noda Line’s Kita-Omiya Station. Its location can be a bit inconvenient for people traveling by train, as it is somewhat far from the nearest stations.
On April 1st of 2017, Noroshi opened its Omiya location, the restaurant’s first branch location. The Omiya location is around 7 minutes on foot from Omiya Station.
Noroshi mainly serves tsukemen. They also serve ramen and mazesoba.
I heard that their spicy and curry tsukemen are really good, but this time around I ordered the restaurant’s number one dish, their basic tsukemen (800 yen).
The available sizes are regular (200g), medium (300g), large (400g), and extra-large (500g). The regular and medium-sized bowls are the same price, while the large costs 100 yen extra and the extra-large costs 150 yen extra.
Thick Tsukemen Made with Meat and Seafood Broths
After a short wait, my tsukemen arrived.
At first glance, it seems to be a very orthodox style of thick tsukemen, served with a thick dipping broth and firm, thick squared noodles. I ordered a medium bowl, but there’s still plenty!
The noodles, carefully made by the owner, are house-made that use a blend of wheat flours. It also uses whole wheat flour, and the noodles are firm.The noodles are made in-house every morning so that customers can enjoy the unaltered flavor and chew of the wheat.
The dipping broth is a double soup made from blending a meat-based broth of pork bone and chicken with a seafood broth.
The toppings are fish meal and scallion, and there is chashu in the soup as well.
The bowl is warmed up so that the dipping broth doesn’t get cold while you’re eating. These small innovations are very pleasant!
When I took my first bite, the noodles were elastic and had a great chewy texture to them!
The dipping broth is gooey and definitely thick! Plenty of seafood stock, made with things like mackerel and bonito, is mixed in with a stock made from pork and chicken bones. The result is thick and rich, but also balanced in flavors.
The thick dipping broth clings to the noodles, making for a plenty filling meal!
The chashu is really juicy! It’s so tender that it looks like it might just fall apart.
After I finished the noodles, I cut the dipping broth with soup and drank that too. You can really taste the umami of the dashi this way, yum! Of course, I drank down every last drop.
Basic information on “Noroshi”
Noroshi Main Store
- 1-544 Higashionaricho, Kita-ku, Saitama City, Saitama
- 10 minutes on foot from the New Shuttle Tetsudo-Hakubutsukan Station; 10 minutes on foot from the Tobu Noda Line’s Kita-Omiya Station.
- Business Hours
- Weekdays 11:15-15:30, 17:30-20:30 / Saturdays and holidays 11:00-15:30, 17:00-20:00 / Sundays 11:00-18:00
- Open every day
Noroshi ~Omiya Location~
- 1-25 Shimocho, Omiya-ku, Saitama City, Saitama
- 7 minutes on foot from Omiya Station
- Business Hours
- 11:00-15:00, 18:00-22:00
- Mondays. No other regular holidays.