Tsujii Ramen & Mitsukake – the soul of Aomori
As you might know, Ramen is one of Japan’s comfort foods with Japanese curry, miso soup and rice ball. Some people even say they can eat ramen three times a day, or can eat only ramen for the rest of their lives. I’m not that crazy for Ramen, but would like to introduce one of the most popular Ramen places in Aomori-city. You don’t really see people waiting in line for restaurants in Aomori-city, and I was impressed that Tsujii Ramen had a long line of people waiting outside of the restaurant.
Of course the seats were full. We ordered Ramen and Mitsukake, very “classic” way of order I assume that 90% of people should order the same way.
This is “Mitsukake”, rice cake with brown sugar syrup, Tsujii’s most popular dessert. Rice cake is usually served before Ramen, so should I say it is an…appetizer?
The rice cake is tender, and if you like the taste of brown sugar you will definitely love Mitsukake! I thought I should leave some to eat after Ramen, but we just ate it up in 2 minutes and even wanted to have another plate.
Here is Tsujii Ramen – it features fine and curly noodles and the broth made with dried sardines and soy sauce. The soup taste a bit salty to me, but people living in northern, colder area tend to prefer the salty and strong taste, and I think that’s why this place is loved by Aomori residents. Toppings are simple. Green onion, sliced pork and seasoned banboo shoots.
There are 2 Tsujii Ramen restaurants. One is located by the sea and nicknamed “Umi-Tsujii”（literally sea tsujii）, and another is located in the outskirt of the town, and called”Yama-Tsujii”(literally mountain Tsujii). They both have big fans, so if you like this kind of ramen, it’s worth trying the both Tsujii restaurants!
2-14-23, Gappo, Aomori-shi
Open: 10:00am – 6:00pm
Closed: Sunday and national holiday
Car Parking Available