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Ramen Cooking Class at Ramen Factory Kyoto

Ramen Cooking Class at the Ramen Factory Tour Kyoto

If you are looking for an experience unique to Japan involving food, we highly recommend this ramen cooking class at the Ramen Factory Tour Kyoto. 

Ramen is a simple dish that is famous for being flat-out scrumptious. A mixture of broth, noodles, and topping, it’s a not-too-hard but not-too-easy dish that will be fun for beginners or experts. 

Everything will be from scratch. Learn to knead and cut the noodles, choose or mix your broth, and add toppings for a traditional yet customized version of the dish. Experts are there to help so it comes out to perfection.

If that sounds like it’s up your alley, read more to find out all the deets about this culinary experience.

About Ramen in Japan

A bowl of ramen covered in toppings

Ramen originated in China, but I’d like to argue that Japan perfected it through creative broths and toppings. Various forms of the dish exist in every region, with slight changes to the noodles and larger changes to the flavoring. 

The one thing that (almost) always stays the same is the noodle ingredients. Made from a combination of wheat, and flour, the objective is to create long and thin noodles with a springy yet firm texture. 

Depending on the region and broth the noodles may be thicker or thinner, more firm or soft, wavy or straight. 

Many of the noodles of Hokkaido, for example, feature thick noodles to keep up energy during the harsh winter. In warmer climates, such as Kyushu, you might tend to find lighter, thinner noodles. When paired with miso, the noodles tend to be wavy anywhere you are. 

To read about all the different varieties, check out Serious Eats and Michelin Guides.

Kyoto Style Ramen

Kyoto-style ramen originated in the 1930s and is often accredited to the still-in-operation Shinpuku Saikan. The Chinese owner Xu Yongbol began a food stall outside Kyoto station. Unlike other ramen of the time, he used a special mixture that included chicken and pork bones with dark soy sauce.

The ramen of Kyoto became famous for appearing dark and rich but tasting light. There are many fans across Japan. 

You can check out the history and menu of Shinpuku Saikan here (we are not affiliated). 

What Happens at the Ramen Cooking Class in Kyoto?

Making the ramen noodles like what will be experienced at the ramen cooking class

Now that we’ve explored ramen in Japan we are ready to talk about the main event: The cooking class. This is one of the best Kyoto food tours that you can do.

Located near Demachiyanagi Station and Kyoto Imperial Palace

The class is held at Ramen Factory in Kajii-cho, Kyoto. It’s three minutes from Demachiyanagi Station and only 10 minutes by foot from the Kyoto Imperial Palace.

The full address: 447-14-B1, Kajii-cho, Kamigyo-ku, Kyoto-Shi.

You’ll have to make your own way to the meeting place outside Studio Sioux or find the stairs leading to the basement of the building. Even though it’s in a basement, you’ll find it well lit with windows letting in natural light and cool ramen decor.

Getting started and the steps to make ramen

Once at the location, you and your group/partner will be directed to a table with instructions on how to make the ramen. Which might sound a little intimidating. “Will I be on my own?” you might be thinking. Absolutely not. There will be guides there to help you start and sculpt your ramen noodles to your liking.

The directions for ramen are also yours to take! You might think of this as practice for when you get home and want to impress everyone with your new skills.

Once you start you have about 1.5 hours in total. You will get to go through every step. This includes:

  • Making/kneading the dough.
  • Roll, cut, and boil the noodles.
  • Cooking the chicken (or tofu for vegetarians).
  • A variety of broths. Use as is or blend them to create a distinct flavor.
  • A selection of toppings to choose from.

After you’ve finished putting it all together, take pictures of your dish! You’ll want to keep the memory of your noodles. 

Then, finally, eat. If you are with a group this is a great chance to compare each other’s noodles and choices. Once you finally chow down you’ll realize why this is heralded as one of the best Japan food tours.

Don’t forget: Gift and pictures

Take pictures and receive your gift to remember your ramen making experience

Before you leave there are two more things not to forget: Your gift and pictures. 

The location offers several “omiyage” to help you remember your ramen-making experience. These include an apron, a T-shirt, or a ramen bowl. It’s your choice.

Then there is a cool artsy background of ramen and Kyoto to take a group or couple photo. Pose for the Instagrammable memories.

Where to book and more info

You can book online on Viator here starting from USD 112.98.

You can read the rave reviews on Viator or head over to Trip Advisor. Both sites have hundreds of reviews awarding 5 stars to the experience.

Some of the things people are saying:

  • Really fun
  • Easy-to-follow instructions
  • Unique experience
  • Great guides and help

Summary

Your ramen cooking class is now complete! You will have had a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to learn how to make ramen in Japan. However, you’re ramen adventures are not over. Explore the many varieties of ramen throughout Japan and even in Kyoto on your trip.

And now that you have experience making one of the most delicious soups in all the world, you can enjoy it anytime through your new cooking skills at home.

Jonathan Mcnamara

Jonathan is a veteran of the Japan and Korean expat life. He lived in Japan and Korea for almost 10 years, and speaks Korean and Japanese. A blogger, a writer, website maker who's had his share of relationships while living abroad, he's now turned his attention to helping others navigate traveling, living, working, and relationships in Japan.

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