There’s so much to love about this surprising ramen dish.
The world of ramen is never boring in Japan. From chocolate flavours to mud-style broths, noodle lovers are always on the lookout for the next big thing to rock their tastebuds, and the latest find is taking them to an unlikely location: a convenience store in Ibaraki Prefecture.
▼ The red ramen curtain on the left, along with the yellow tank display and the Girls und Panzer girls on the flags outside indicate that this is no ordinary convenience store.
とみりん＠週末大洗行きます県民 (@tmrnAbout20pct) July 23, 2016
Called Konishiya, the one-of-a-kind conbini is as unusual as the ramen cooked up inside it. Specialising in military-themed toys like tanks and associated anime like the popular series Girls und Panzer, they often have special promotions and campaigns to entice customers to their store, and now they’re taking the tank theme to their noodles with a stellar new dish on the menu.
戦車ラーメン とんでもないものが出て来た。 https://t.co/vNDAN1cRoI—
カワハラー (@kawahara_kikuko) September 10, 2016
It’s hard to believe that a dish this good-looking can be served inside a convenience store, but the Yatai Ramen Shouya stand inside the store has built up a solid reputation in the district, with newspaper articles drawing attention to the ramen store and its unusual location.
8/4おはようございます♪ 今日も元気に営業しますヽ(・∀・)ノ 宜しくお願い致します！ 読売タウンニュースにのりました(^^)/ https://t.co/cc20IThDWT—
醤家大子店(小西屋店内) (@ShooyaDaigokoni) August 04, 2016
Their new “Tank Ramen” is now making news online, with people sharing images of the impressive dish, which is priced at 3,000 yen (US$29.55) and limited to just three bowls a day.
(@kissy01) August 27, 2016
The reason for the limited availability and high price lies in the fact that each dish contains a whopping 700 grams (24.7 ounces) of pork!
戦車 ラーメン (タンク ラーメン) って ￥3,000 かぁ～ たべて みたぃなぁ～ (^^ゞ 1日 ３食限定、 醤屋タンク3,000円。 https://t.co/RFoYuvwplW—
西八王子やなわらばぁ0426735041 (@0426735041) September 12, 2016
While it looks impressive, it’s said to be incredibly delicious too, with the serving of pork being wonderfully soft and tender. The dish has been well-thought out too, as the non-abundant broth is said to provide just enough flavour without making diners feel too full, despite the large size of the meal.
すてっぱー工場長 (@steppernohito) August 13, 2016
Whether you’re a fan of tanks or a lover of unusual ramen, this is a noodle dish that’s worth travelling for. If you’re lucky enough to be in the area, check out the restaurant details below!
Convenience Store Information
Yatai Ramen Shouya at Konishiya/屋台ラーメン醤家 コンビニエンス小西屋
Address: Ibarakai-ken, Kuji-gun, Daigo-cho, Shimonomiya 1589-2
茨城県 久慈郡大子町 下野宮 1589-2
Hours: 11:00 a.m – 5:00 p.m.