Few ramen options are better to beat the cold than a warm and creamy bowl of miso. Oyaji, way out in the Tokyo suburban enclave of Machida, is a trek, but worth it for perhaps the best miso in the Kanto area.
Oyaji stir fries bean sprouts, cabbage, and onions in a wok along with their miso before making the ramen. You can watch the fiery action in the back.
Oyaji means "old man" in Japanese, and can be used in a variety of situations from a casual way to refer to dear old dad, to a description of the local ramen master. The Oyaji Set comes with a side of gyoza, but be careful, for it is a ton of food.
The Oyaji Ramen, topped with stir fried vegetables and filled with egg noodles - typical of miso bowls and ideal for soaking up the stew.
Miso must have impact for its first bite, and Oyaji delivers with a sharp taste that spreads all over the mouth. But where most miso ramen lose their way after a few slurps, Oyaji's bowl tastes good until nearly the very end, with hints of corn and butter mingling with the miso and vegetables all the way through.
I say nearly because even by the end it started to feel like a chore to finish this bowl of creamy potage noodle soup. Oyaji is an elite miso option, but only a trip to the miso ramen birthplace of Hokkaido will likely satisfy the true misoul.
Tokyo, Machida City, Nakamichi 1-19-1
Closest stn: Machida
Open from 1130-1230am