On my most recent trip to Tokyo I originally had planned to go to sone of the more famous Ramen stores, which Tokyo has so plenty of, for lunch. But like always, after you walk around for a bit and get hungry, you just go into the first best-smelling place you can find close by. That's how I ended up in Kyoka Ramen. And it was actually pretty good. An excellent soup with a very rich taste. However, some flaws hindered this Ramen to get a higher score.
Like I said, the soup was superb. Keika is originally from Kumamoto and has a very thick rich pork-based-soup, famous for South-Western Japan. One difference to other stores is, that they don't use any soy sauce or miso paste to flavor the soup. This is a 100% pork and you can definitely taste the difference. Its taste is very rich and strong, but the soup does not feel too heavy which is also very pleasant.
I wasn't a big fan of the noodles. Kumamoto is famous for its rather thick, almost Udon-like noodles, which is so different to the super-thin noodles mostly used in South-Western Japan.
Keika's noodles were kind of in the middle, which would be alright in another soup, but not in this rich pork-soup.
While the noodles were only "meh", I had a big problem with all the cabbage in the soup. Cabbage is not really a usual ingredients in Ramen and now I know why.. Just doesn't go well with the rest, in my taste.
Again, the soup was excellent. But the mediocre noodles and the strange extra cabbage, made this Ramen still good, but nothing out of the ordinary.
Keika Ramen, Shibuya @ Tabelog