One of our hobbies at I'd Rather Be is food, particularly Japanese food. For the three years we lived in Japan, we spent a lot of time researching local ingredients, finding old recipes, and sampling delicious meals wherever we could.
On our occasional trips to Tokyo, Noriko began scouring websites and guidebooks in Japanese for the tastiest ramen and soba shops she could find. There is a subculture of soba and ramen otakus who are avid fans of the noodle, and we relied on their research, followed up with our own trips to the top rated shops, to find what we consider to be the best ramen and soba restaurants in Tokyo.
Once we had them, we realized how difficult it is for non-Japanese speakers to find these places, let alone know what or how to order once they get there. So we created the Tokyo Noodle Guide to help people out.
The Tokyo Noodle Guide is not like the typical guide which lists dozens of places and give you a tiny bit of information. Instead, we narrowed the field to just our favorites, and then we gave in-depth information, how the noodles are made, some nutritional information, maps, directions, subway stops, the works.
Then we added photos of the dishes we recommend, along with a handy ordering guide. You literally just have to point at what you want and you can order. We also explained how to eat, especially with the soba, which sauce is for dipping noodles, where the wasabi goes, what to do with that pitcher they bring you after your meal. This guide is for anyone who really wants the full ramen or soba experience, who needs to know what every single item on the tray is, and who loves to have experiences that aren't available to the usual tourist. We put it all in there, and for only $6.99 you can have a pdf of the guide right now. Click the button below and get your noodle on!