Restaurant Review

Kaenzan Lanzhou Ramen – Discovering the Roots of Lanzhou Noodles

Hand-pulled Noodles

Beef Bone Broth Originating from Teng Era

Lanzhou beef noodle is said to have originated during the reign of the Teng dynasty, but its modern version was established by a Muslim named Ma Baozi. Coming from a poor family, he strolled the street with hot soup carrying on his shoulder in the pot and sold his beef noodles one by one. The soup was cooked with livers of beef and lambs, making it a thick broth. In 1925, Ma’s son created its signature clear soup, and successfully made the noodle popular food. The Lanzhou beef noodle has always been a halal food that does not use pork for a hundred years.

Hand-pulled Noodles Need Chef’s Skills

You can consider yourself lucky if you can spot a chef hand-pulling noodles in the kitchen. Young customers hungry for instagrammable photos often point their smart phones at him. It’s an amazing sight to see beautiful noodles being made in a short time.

You can select a noodle of your choice from thin, flat or triangle, but there is a recommended combination. In doubt, you can ask a staff.

Tasty Smell of Beef Broth from Classic Lanzhou Noodles

Specialty from this highly popular restaurant where customers start to que up 30 minutes before it opens. Many are lured by the tasty smell and end up ordering the Lanzhou Noodles at 980 yen. Their special combination of Chinese herbs gives its distinctive flavor. Many end up being addicted to the dish.

Lamb ramen at 880 yen has strong taste with lamb broth

Steamed beef noodles puts beef on the center stage of the dish, with the well-stewed beef so tender that you can use chopsticks to cut it into pieces. Its spicy taste has more oriental flavor, perhaps coming from their homemade Chinese chili oil.

Apart from noodles, the restaurant also offers other delicious lamb dishes, such as lamb skewers that generously use the spice imported from the Middle East and are very popular to tourists. It is only 2 years since the restaurant opened, but there is no wonder why it is already the front runner in its own genre. The restaurant is always crowded, but you may find a better chance to get in early toward the end of the lunchtime.

Kaenzan Lanzhou Ramen

  • Halal Certificate –
  • Halal Meat ◯
  • No Pork ◯
  • Halal Seasoning ◯
  • Halal Meal ◯
  • Vegetarian Meal ◯
  • Muslim Owner –
  • Muslim Chef –
  • Halal Storage –
  • Halal Kitchen/Cutler –
  • Player Space –

2-24-7 Ikebukuro Toshima-ku Tokyo Google Maps
Phone: 03-6907-1765
Open: 11:00-15:00, 17:00-23:00