Menya Kokoro 麺屋こころ was recommend to me by a Tokyo Institute of Technology professor while we were walking in the Ookayama area near the main campus. Since I will be spending a lot of time in this part of Tokyo for the foreseeable future, I would like to find as many good little places to eat. Menya Kokoro specialty is Taiwan Maze-Soba which is a form of soup-less ramen.
The Ookayama branch of Kokoro also happens to be the honten or the original shop so you can expect a steady stream of ramen lovers to be waiting in line.
The shop is pretty small. When you get in, just order at the machine on the left of the door.
I ordered the most expensive item of the menu which pretty much have everything in it.
The Maze-Soba comes with big chunks of pork, raw and soft boiled egg, minced meat and tons of green onion. The pork belly was melt in the mouth tender.
Once mixed up, this is what it looks like. It’s the first time I ever try soup-less ramen and the richness of the soup was a nice surprise.
Once you are done with the noodle, you can order some rice to soak up all the sauce at the bottom of the bowl.
Kokoro was a great introduction to Maze-soba and I am glad the honten is located right next to where I study in Tokyo. Thank you Professor Cross! There are a few branches of Kokoro around Japan and one in Vancouver!
If you know any other great places in the Meguro or Ookyama area, please let me know.
Menya Kokoro 麺屋こころ
3 Chome-6-９ Minamisenzoku, Ōta, Tokyo 145-0063