Thursday, June 23, 2016

成田屋 (Naritaya in Asakusa)

成田屋

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I probably would never have come to this shop if it hadn't been for a TV shooting I was involved in.

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X21. On Asahi TV Friday nights.

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Well, the theme of this show was ramen that is popular with foreigner. Naritaya's customer base is 90% foreign. You heard me, 90%.

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I was as surprised as you. Sure, this is located in the middle of Asakusa, one of Tokyo's most touristy neighborhoods, but that number seems crazy for a country of, well, Japanese people.

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The master explained it perfectly.

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The shop is Halal certified, and a bit of a destination for Muslims wanting to try something Japanese. Dietary restrictions can be a nightmare in Japan, and a shop like this is an oasis.

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The ramen wasn't really to my liking, I found it too garlicky, with herbs and vegetables being used to replace the non-halal meats and alcohol that gives ramen a lot of its signature umami flavors.

But if you are strict halal, your ramen options are either this place, or my recommendation of Oka.

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Fun TV shoot, though.

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Map of 2 Chome-7-13 Asakusa, Taitō-ku, Tōkyō-to 111-0032

東京都台東区浅草2-7-13
Tokyo, Koto-ku, Asakusa 2-7-13
Closest station: Asakusa

Open 10:00-20:00



2 comments:

Shahriman Shahrul Zaman said...

Big fan of your work and Youtube channel . I'm so thankful that you reviewed this place since this is the first ramen shop I went to during my trip at Asakusa . Huge help for all the Muslim tourists like me in Japan

Brian MacDuckston said...

Great to hear. There aren't a lot of Muslim-friendly food choices in Japan, but I'm happy you found a few.