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Kyoto traditional ramen makes way to Okinawa

Date Posted: 2010-10-07

A ramen soup being made to a traditional recipe protected in a family for more than 500 years in Kyoto is now being served in central Okinawa.

Rinya Ramen Restaurant is newly opened near Camp Foster Kitamae Gate on Highway 58. The owner says he’s brought the traditional recipe, which had been so far used only in the ancient Japanese capital city, to share with Okinawa. “We call it the ‘Chinese noodle soup’ in Kyoto, and it’s different from those better known varieties found in Kyushu or Hokkaido,” owner Yasuo Hayashi says. “Kyoto’s always prided itself on making exquisite foods, with four days typically needed to make a good ramen broth.”

The noodles also make a difference, Hayashi says, so the noodle materials used at Rinya are brought direct from Kyoto, then prepared into the special thin noodles at a local Okinawan noodle factory.

“We are also providing an assortment of special sauces for adding spice to the soup,” Hayashi says. “It’s on the table.” He recommends trying Rinya’s ramen with chili oil or garlic sauce.

Besides a single basic bowl of ramen for ¥650 and ramen with sliced roast pork for ¥750, Rinya’s menu has ramen sets with a serving of Chinese gyoza dumplings (¥850), fried chicken (¥950), fried fish (¥850) or fried rice (f¥850) on the side.

Another special on the menu is called Muscle Ramen. It’s made of beef cooked slowly and very long time, and sells for ¥750. Only 30 servings of this specialty is available per day.

Soft drinks are free during lunch time. Beer costs ¥380 and awamori is sold by glas for ¥350. Dollars and major credit cards are accepted.

Rinya is open seven days a week from 11:30 a.m. to midnight seven days a week. Free parking is available.

To get to Rinya from Camp Foster Kitamae Gate, turn north towards Kadena on Hwy 58. Look for a large yellow and white sign on the left after the second traffic light.

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