Food and Drinks

[Tokyo] Koike no Iekei (こいけのいえけい): The Finest Luxurious Iekei Ramen in Sugamo, Northern Tokyo, Just One Stop Away from Ikebukuro


Savoring Perfection: Koike no Iekei’s Delectable Ramen Delights

Koike no Iekei is a ramen establishment located approximately a 5-minute walk from JR Sugamo Station. Among the popular selections at Koike no Iekei is the Tonkotsu Shoyu Ramen, priced at 850 yen for a regular serving and 950 yen for a large serving. Additionally, the seafood mix tsukemen seems to garner considerable favor. Customer reviews often express sentiments such as, “The refined pork bone broth is delectable and never tiresome!” “The Tonkotsu Shoyu Ramen is rich and flavorful!” “The seafood mix tsukemen boasts a pronounced seafood essence and is delightful!”

Upon purchasing a meal ticket and presenting it to the staff, patrons are queried about their preferred noodle firmness and soup intensity. The soup intensity offers a choice between normal and stronger options. Normal entails a salt concentration that, if pursued while chasing after the onions, inadvertently leads to sipping the broth. When compared to typical Iekei ramen, it exhibits a milder taste. The stronger option involves adding only 5cc of sauce. It closely approximates the salt concentration of regular Iekei ramen, surpassing the broth intensity of animal-based soup with a soy sauce flavor. Those who appreciate a slightly piquant sensation are advised to opt for the stronger option.


The soup undergoes a meticulous process of simmering bones, straining, and infusing for three days to extract its essence. The final touch involves straining it through a fine-mesh sieve to achieve a creamy texture. The noodles are produced at the affiliated King Seimen, utilizing a blend of high-gluten flour to impart a pleasantly springy texture. The soup adheres well to the noodles. The smoked chashu, thinly sliced to facilitate multiple rice-wrapping sessions, is steeped in the broth for enhanced flavor.


The Negi Chashu Rice comes highly recommended. The seasoned green onions are blended with sesame oil, garlic, and black pepper to achieve a crisp texture. Those who enjoy spiciness should consider adding the available chili bean paste on the table, though caution is advised to prevent overwhelming the flavors. Placing it delicately on the edge of the bowl and using it sparingly is considered tasteful.

  • Name: Koike no Iekei
  • Address: 4-25-6 Sengoku, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 
  • Hours: 11:00 – 15:00 & 17:30 – 21:00 
  • Closed On: Open Daily
  • Number of Seats: 8
  • Budget: – JPY1,000 
  • Payment Options: Cash Only

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