MEATY RAMEN Part 1: Niboshi Shoyu Ramen at Saikoro in Nakano, Tokyo | Slurp's Up

PLEASE NOTE: Saikoro is open from 9:00am due to the state of emergency. After the SOE ends, they may only be open again from 11:00am.


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Located in the Nakano, Saikoro serves up a meat lover’s ramen. Their niboshi chukasoba comes with a generous portion of chashu pork, shingled around the bowl like flower petals. Top it off with the optional “hogushi niku” for a baseball-sized meatball made of chicken and pork that will melt into the broth and absorb all those niboshi (dried sardine) flavors.


Niboshi (dried sardine) base
Slight bitterness
Gentle and light
Soy sauce seasoning

Medium-thick noodles
Udon-like slipperiness
Fights back

Green & white negi – spring onions
Menma – bamboo shoots
Chashu – pork belly
Hogushi niku – minced chicken & pork



Saikoro (肉煮干し中華そば さいころ) is located just a 3-minute walk from Nakano Station (accessible on the JR Chuo Line, JR Chuo-Sobu Line, and Tokyo Metro Tozai Line).

Address: 2 Chome-28-8 Nakano, Nakano City, Tokyo 164-0001


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40 Replies to “MEATY RAMEN Part 1: Niboshi Shoyu Ramen at Saikoro in Nakano, Tokyo | Slurp's Up”

  1. kurikokaleidoscope

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  2. John Doe

    Bruh, this dude making me want to go to Japan just to have that exact ramen from that exact place. Real talk tho, the only reason i will never go to Japan is because going by myself would be to hard for me to navigate and do anything. I would be like a alien landing on a new planet for the first time. Completely clueless and lost. I would need someone to completely hold my hand as soon as a land at the airport and get me to my hotel, then be a phone call away when i need help. And then hold my hand on the way to the airport to leave. Does anyone know of any service like that to hire someone for a week to do that? If so im there. But i feel its impossible for that. Only if u had a friend living there would they be able to do that. So unfortunately, looks like Japan is a permanent dream. 5:25

  3. Raj Hawaldar

    The good thing about this chanel is not using too much music. They keep it realistic. Frank thanks for sharing the tips!

  4. Dead Sky87

    See i can't do super fishy flavor. Id have to find a Ramen spot that does pork chicken or beef. I do not like fish broths

  5. Roberto S. Gatchalian

    I'm sure Frank has gone to Aoba in Nakano. I'm wondering what he thinks of it. I tried it a long time ago (i think it was 2008) and enjoyed it. There was a lot that I didn't know back then (like the ticket machine is where you pick what you want). Nakano Broadway itself has some nice gems of eats (like the kari-pan that Shizuka had in one episode).
    I'm also glad the first episode of this ramen adventure is not tonkotsu. Out here, it is all anyone wants and it is boring to have ramen shop after ramen shop serving tonkotsu. Fish broth is practically non-existent outside Japan (I know there is probably a few but I haven't come across one in the city I live in). I think the up and coming flavor is tori paitan. I've gone to three shops and each one is different. That's how it should be, but maybe that's just me.

  6. Gwenster

    I've lived in Nakano ! I can vouch for Saikoro , it's amazing. Nakano itself has so many amazing other restaurants tho. If you love curry, hit up Trico Curry.

  7. Nelson Hu

    Awesome new series!! It's very educational and it showcases the best of Japan. Would love to see a chopstick educate as well as it's rarely covered.

  8. Lord LOC

    Sadly as someone who's had a gastric bypass – slurping up ramen would be quite difficult. Bringing to much air into my mouth as I swallow food, leads to food getting "stuck" in the pouch that is basically my stomach now and that is not fun to say the least. Which kinda sucks since I know slurping the ramen (with the broth bring picked up as much as possible) is a big part of the experience of having it to begin with. Not only does slurping help with cooling it off as you eat it but as I understand it it also helps with flavor etc. Regardless, this ramen looked delicious, as most ramen I've seen in Japan lol Japanese ramen shops just seem to operate on another level compared to other places I think. I know ramen was "invented" in China in the mid 1800's or so and made it's way to Japan – but Japan just owns ramen now basically.

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