三吉屋 (Sankichiya)

Another local specialty of Niigata was this ‘clear ramen’. It seems that while you can only get this style of ramen in Niigata, it’s not specifically a ‘famous’ dish of Niigata, just something that they make there. Nevertheless, despite not being a huge ramen fan, I wanted to give it a go and found this place recommended online.

The location is just a quick walk away from Niigata station, which makes it an easy pit-stop for almost anyone in town. The shop itself is just a tiny side-alley shop that seems to be run by a friendly couple. The menu is up on the wall and only has less than 8 options which makes choosing pretty simple.

The portion size is bigger than the picture may suggest, and the couple are very generous with their chashu pork slices as you can see. The broth is light and deliciously warming (especially is the autumn weather), and I really enjoyed it as I’m a fan of lighter soups.

I spoke a bit with the owner about some pictures they had on their wall and he explained that the shop was started by his father in the ’60s and now has 3 branches, which were passed down to the man’s 3 sons. The owner of this particular shop is the youngest son, whom claims that means he’s the “lousiest”, although I beg to differ.

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