Tokyo Street Food Ramen at Chuka Soba Inoue (中華そば 井上)

  • Published on May 18, 2014
  • Chuka Soba Inoue (中華そば 井上) serves satisfying Japanese street food ramen in Tokyo. Get more details here:
    A bowl of Ramen, is one of the most popular things to eat in Japan. It's not only soothing and satisfying, but it's also filling, extremely tasty, and often times one of the most affordable meals in Japan. In Tokyo, you'll find a restaurant that serves ramen at nearly every corner - in fact you can't even walk more than a few meters without bumping into another ramen restaurant. I ate a number of different types of ramen while I was in Tokyo, but the one that stood out to me the most, was the long-standing street food stall just outside of the Tsukiji market, known as Chuka Soba Inoue (中華そば 井上).
    Chuka Soba Inoue (中華そば 井上) has been around for a long time, and I think it's safe to say that they have served thousands and thousands of bowls of delicious ramen to hungry passerby's. The restaurant is located on the side of the sidewalk, where there's a continual flow of pedestrian traffic all day long - the position is great. Starting from early in the morning Chuka Soba Inoue (中華そば 井上) has a line of people waiting to be served, but luckily it usually goes very fast as people slurp down their bowls of ramen as fast as possible and continue on.
    Street food in Japan it's not actually very common - much of the food is served from restaurants - so Chuka Soba Inoue (中華そば 井上) was one of the few street food restaurants that I ate at while I was in Tokyo. There are many different types of Japanese ramen; Some types have buttery and creamy broth, but at Chuka Soba Inoue (中華そば 井上) they serve what's known as shoyu ramen, which is the clear broth, seasoned with a hint of soy sauce. For myself, this is one of my favorite versions of ramen, mainly because it doesn't feel too greasy or heavy, but it just goes down smoothly and the flavors are just so clean.
    So anyway, I had already walked past Chuka Soba Inoue (中華そば 井上) one time before eating there, and I knew it was a place I had to try. The best thing is, you don't need to choose what to eat, they only serve one thing, the shoyu ramen. After you pay, it just takes a minute or two before the ramen master dishes out your bowl, which is always served piping hot. There is no seating, but they just have a couple of standing tables, where you can rest your bowl of ramen, season it appropriately, and get straight to digging in. For myself, it's the raw minced garlic that really makes a bowl of Japanese ramen incredible. Without raw garlic I wouldn't like it nearly as much: the garlic elevates it to new levels. I made sure to add a generous supply of raw garlic to my bowl of ramen, and that made all the difference.
    The ramen noodles came topped with a few slices of pork, some pickled bamboo shoots, and a handful of sliced leeks and green onions. Like I mentioned before, the broth was clear and smooth and not too oily, which is something I really liked. Again, season with raw garlic, a hint of black pepper and chili, it was perfect. When you visit Tokyo, you have to have a bowl of ramen at Chuka Soba Inoue (中華そば 井上). It might not be the absolute best tasting ramen in Tokyo, but the Japanese street food atmosphere on the outskirts of Tsukiji, combined with a piping hot bowl of classic tasting ramen, is a wonderful experience. It was also winter when I went, and quite cold outside, so nothing satisfying like a hot bowl of soup.
    Open hours: 5 am -- 1:30 pm (closed Sundays)
    Address: 4-9-16 Tsukiji, Chuo-ku, Tokyo, Japan
    Price: 650 JPY ($6.40)
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Comments • 589

  • tama kura
    tama kura Month ago


  • Michael B Steele Travels

    One of the best ramens I had while in Tokyo. I heard it burned down. Anyone know if this is true???

  • 17paw 17
    17paw 17 3 months ago

    Good job wins I'm proud of you

  • yoloyellowjello
    yoloyellowjello 3 months ago

    Haha Mark you are my spirit animal 😂 adding all that garlic to your ramen, I love it!!!

  • Krimeski
    Krimeski 4 months ago

    0:59 Sees chopsticks dipped in le soup, *TRIGGERED*
    Food looks pretty good tho

  • Judy Epstein
    Judy Epstein 5 months ago

    The ramen soup is more than just shoyu (soy sauce)! It a complex collection of pork and other ingredients that makes such a delicious dashi (soup). I lived in Japan for 14 years. I miss ramen and Japanese food!

  • tsukiyomina
    tsukiyomina 5 months ago

    I am Japanese. Ramen here is the worst.

  • Debra Prophet
    Debra Prophet 6 months ago

    I love you so much my name is Debra blue say hello

  • josephine leon
    josephine leon 7 months ago +1

    I don't care about my breath,poor Ying....😷

  • Arlan Adriano
    Arlan Adriano 7 months ago

    hahah same facial expression every single bite hahahhaha

  • *NZ Maori*
    *NZ Maori* 7 months ago +1

    Mark ❤❤

  • Lawless
    Lawless 7 months ago

    Lucky SOB

  • Yeyeng Paradise
    Yeyeng Paradise 9 months ago

    even the ramen looks delicious how he ates it makes me feel not yummy 😂

  • snigie
    snigie 9 months ago

    I came to watch your facial expressions when tasting food. I wasn’t disappointed! Also great videos!!!

  • Don Elizalde
    Don Elizalde 9 months ago

    The classic look when mark appreciates all the food 😊 well done mate!

  • Nick X
    Nick X 9 months ago

    I watch this video from time to time. It’s almost spiritual in some ways, mouth watering spiritual if that’s a thing. 🤤🤤

  • Aan Rizaldy
    Aan Rizaldy 10 months ago

    I'm here because koizumi-san 😂

  • apachemk4
    apachemk4 10 months ago

    Enjoying food is a blessing ^.^

  • Robby Galau
    Robby Galau Year ago

    Typical foreigners. Ruin the taste even before u tried it. Bunch of garlic and black pepper will definitely change the broth taste.

  • Xiang C. LeuamChampassak

    Looks delicious!

  • Elise Hantz
    Elise Hantz Year ago

    Garlic! Oh my that was a lot but I know it was delicious.

  • Jof Botor
    Jof Botor Year ago

    what's with the tilting of the head? 😂

  • Broken Cow
    Broken Cow Year ago

    Mark slurp the ramen not shove it in your mouth

  • Rick Her
    Rick Her Year ago

    Mark, i dont hear a second Mmmm no more. Your old videos always excite me when im watching it.

  • ng joyce
    ng joyce Year ago

    Fabulous eat reeeeeeeee

  • 加藤兼
    加藤兼 Year ago


  • RSK Crossflag
    RSK Crossflag Year ago

    This shop was lost due to a fire in August 2017.

  • David Nash
    David Nash Year ago

    NOOO I'm salivating so bad!

  • rswa dfxsan
    rswa dfxsan Year ago

    ramen at Chuka Soba Inoue A Fire by 8/3.the Inoue burned down.

  • 竹中隆一
    竹中隆一 Year ago

    A big fire occurred from this rahmen restaurant on Aug 4, 2017, having destroyed several buildings.....

  • jase8au
    jase8au Year ago

    I don't know you if heard Mark, but Chuka soba Inoue burned down 2 days ago. A fire started at the back of their shop and spread to a few other buildings nearby which burned down too. As far as I know, there were no injuries. It is a pity that an icon like this has disappeared.

  • Jon Ramas
    Jon Ramas Year ago

    Mark can you post a map to this place? Going there next month and would like to try.

    • Ramencafe
      Ramencafe Year ago

      The place burned down, unfortunately. :(
      They possible will have to relocation somewhere in the future.

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  • Moon Cake
    Moon Cake Year ago

    Just simple delicious warm ramen bowl tells it all about Japanes staple food, specially in street food style.

  • Chad Miller
    Chad Miller Year ago

    Mark, what's your nationality and ethnicity? Just wondering is all.

    1 TAKE JAPAN Year ago +1

    soooo yummy!

  • wa ta
    wa ta Year ago

    Your video was all so great.

  • RioAbajoBelen
    RioAbajoBelen Year ago

    I recently started watching your channel and I continue to love your videos. You do a wonderful job in these videos. From your commentary to the describing what you are eating and the flavors, etc, etc. I feel as if I am there with you trying out the food. In fact, I wouldn't think of trying food around the world without you! ha ha
    Keep up the great work and darn it, I'm hungry for some real Ramen in Japan!!!

  • Amore Chen
    Amore Chen Year ago

    i like the way you express when you like the foods...right head bend...

  • The End
    The End Year ago

    No glove !? yuck ...

    MrOTETUKO Year ago


  • まさき
    まさき Year ago

    ajinomoto tairyou OK??

  • Noni P
    Noni P Year ago

    U supposed to slurp mark

  • Tina M. Trebino
    Tina M. Trebino Year ago

    Slurp! Not bite.

  • M.Sulthan Habibie

    enakan mieayam campur nasi

  • TokyoNerd
    TokyoNerd Year ago

    From my experience of eating ramen in various parts of Japan, I find this sort of ramen street stall to be quite rare. Other than 博多 (Hakata) in 福岡県 (Fukuoka prefecture) which is famous for their street stalls, there aren't to many street stalls in Japan. Thus, I'm not quite sure if you can consider ramen a 'street food'.

  • Sakina Makda
    Sakina Makda Year ago

    I am Indian I only know two things about Japan 1st is their best animations like naruto and dbz and second is their delicious looking ramen, looking at ramen video makes me feel like I wish I was born in japan

  • The First Gamer
    The First Gamer 2 years ago


    BRUCE JEANDUC 2 years ago

    first drink the soup, eat noodles, eat meat last

  • Shiro Kuma
    Shiro Kuma 2 years ago

    I see this old chef in some viseos on youtube

  • cypresspuz
    cypresspuz 2 years ago +1

    Dude you just RUINED that delicious looking ramen with that much of garlic.

  • Shnidz 808
    Shnidz 808 2 years ago

    Such a simple yet flavorful dish , ramen is one of my fav

  • Sakura Moon
    Sakura Moon 2 years ago +2

    Adore your videos Mark! Keep doing what youre doing :)

  • TerribleL4D
    TerribleL4D 2 years ago +5

    Slurp your damn noodles, Mark! Get the full flavor.

  • Happy isZahra
    Happy isZahra 2 years ago

    Aaaaaaaah i wish i could visit japan one day and try almost alll their food😭😍😍 lucky u

  • Betty Guillen
    Betty Guillen 2 years ago

    Really garlic I'm gonna have to try that I put lots of green onion maybe even a cup and an egg so garlic is a must try for me after watching this thanks!!!!

  • Steve Wall
    Steve Wall 2 years ago +7

    I find it really wierd the way he twists his neck everytime he is going to say "mmm its good".

    • mendy K
      mendy K 2 years ago +1

      he does that when the food is good. if its mediocre food he won't do that twist

    • Tecno White
      Tecno White 2 years ago

      stephan walliser uncomfortable to see, seriously. Better off natural reactions.

    • Steve Wall
      Steve Wall 2 years ago +1

      looks like a vulture trying to swallow a bone.

    • Pr!nce
      Pr!nce 2 years ago

      he does that in his every videos. lol. I find it weird too.

    TIONG HAO YAP 2 years ago +2

    You are not eating ramen with a proper way

  • donaldteeeee1
    donaldteeeee1 2 years ago +2

    Too much garlic

  • Isla Reyne
    Isla Reyne 2 years ago +1

    ramen is the best food in the world. when you held up something and said it was bamboo shoots why did it look like a bean sprout? aren't shoots flat and wider?

  • callsignViper
    callsignViper 2 years ago

    it taste so much better when you slurp noodles. I notice many people don't allow themselves to fully be in another country

  • sungjindays
    sungjindays 2 years ago +6

    i think you don't know how to eat ramen. you should make a sound when eating. they said that is like compliments to the chef.

  • Harold McDonald
    Harold McDonald 2 years ago

    I've seen dozens, it seems, of your vids. While I enjoy it, the big question is...why are you not fat? I never see you work out after all that eating. Curious.

  • John O Halloran
    John O Halloran 2 years ago +1

    the faces this lad makes

  • Alana Zamora
    Alana Zamora 2 years ago

    Mark! You're our new favorite TVclip star... we're going to mimic all your Japan eating destinations - everything looks so good! Thanks for making these videos!

  • Richard Araw
    Richard Araw 2 years ago +2

    that is one wonderful bowl of ramen...

  • SIRA063
    SIRA063 2 years ago

    Is that container of garlic something you brought from home?

  • Andrew Lee
    Andrew Lee 2 years ago +1

    This place looks famous. Seen it on TVclip before

  • Rsgdragonquad787
    Rsgdragonquad787 2 years ago

    I went there during my recent visit to Japan possibly one of the best bowels of ramen I have ever had

  • ALoverOfCake
    ALoverOfCake 2 years ago

    omg looks so good!!

  • Anuscrasher1
    Anuscrasher1 2 years ago +2

    His Face expressions really creep me out, nice dishes tho

  • Kenny Tee
    Kenny Tee 2 years ago +1

    Dunno if that chef looks unhappy or is just intensely focused

  • Dai11 PracticeEng
    Dai11 PracticeEng 2 years ago

    The ramen looks delicious. Great video about the shoyu ramen! I heard garlic helps lower cholesteral and it is also an antibiotic. So it's good to eat a lot of garlic.

  • Sinja
    Sinja 2 years ago

    Hey Mark! Love your videos! May I know what camera were u using in this video? It's great!

  • GGG
    GGG 2 years ago

    Please stop saying Ramen if you speak English 😭😭😭 Ramen isn't English !!

    • Holly Wollygog
      Holly Wollygog Year ago

      Sleekb you're a dumbass

    • Silent Wolf Ballistics
      Silent Wolf Ballistics 2 years ago

      The English word for ramen, is ramen. Just like burrito in Spanish is the same as burrito in English.

  • TuffKat
    TuffKat 2 years ago

    how are you so skinny

  • Saeed AL-Amri
    Saeed AL-Amri 2 years ago +2

    You are the luckiest man in the world

  • jerry4123284
    jerry4123284 2 years ago

    furk you

  • moDerngrizZly
    moDerngrizZly 2 years ago

    That face in 1:42

  • Wallen
    Wallen 2 years ago +1

    i love his reaction when he's eating ramen XD

    • Wallen
      Wallen 2 years ago

      +Anna Banana yeah me too i really cant wait to eat that RAMENNN

    • smad lad
      smad lad 2 years ago

      He's so cute!! 😭😭😭 I would be that happy too

  • Michele Berto
    Michele Berto 2 years ago

    you call that "extra garlic? that's insane! I wouldn't like to be your cameraman!

  • 原山寛
    原山寛 2 years ago


  • Usser ywea
    Usser ywea 2 years ago +5

    that disturbing face make me dialike this video.... sorry

  • mining craft
    mining craft 2 years ago +2

    They say in Japan when you make the slurping sound,it's a sign to ure enjoying the food

  • wazzas888
    wazzas888 2 years ago

    That looks so good ... so hungry now

  • Wendizzy C.
    Wendizzy C. 2 years ago +2

    can you please return to japan? I love all your japan vlogs... i suggest hokkaido, japan

  • Jay Dee Archer
    Jay Dee Archer 2 years ago

    I was in that intersection last October. If I'd seen this video before then, I would've gone to Inoue! But unfortunately, I'll be leaving Japan soon, and I won't have a chance to go there.

  • Hai Huynh
    Hai Huynh 3 years ago +9

    I really wish he stops with the stupid facial expressions. I can't tell if the food is good. Almost everything he eats is good. I can't believe that it is and his whole business is to write about food. Seems paid and a guy being too nice not to say anything bad about a restaurant. I rather have the truth then to watch a guy pretend it's good. Well, I don't know if he pretending. He cries wolf all the time...

    • Maruk Chozt
      Maruk Chozt Year ago +3

      Hai Huynh Only dumb people will intentionally find a bad restaurant, have meal at there and make a video speak ill about it. If i were mark i will try to find those restaurants that people like, and try them out see if they are any good, and because of this, no wonder why most of the foods are good. So i don't know what your problem is because all of the foods he says that are good are actually good

    • jean jack
      jean jack 2 years ago +2

      Totally agree, I like the videos etc. But the face expression which is made 100% for every single food doesn't have meaning anymore... That's actually pretty annoying and fake

    • yuriko
      yuriko 2 years ago

      I agree with you

    • Naufal D'Bei
      Naufal D'Bei 2 years ago

      +Hai Huynh kys

  • Lindsey F
    Lindsey F 3 years ago +9

    I thought about Naruto.

    • tondemo crisis
      tondemo crisis 2 years ago +2

      dbz is much more exciting when goku eats the ramen.

  • Tua Parulian
    Tua Parulian 3 years ago +1

    He may give same expressions again and again but didn't you guys notice the way he adds the garlic and the way he eats it? You may fake something for a while but you can't fake things forever. That same gesture is just his style, I don't mind, I love it. It's like his way of showing us, this is good, I approve this in his own way. Did you see the way he drinks the ramen and the enthusiasm in his movement? That you can't fake. Love mark and all of his videos.

    • Christopher McMullen
      Christopher McMullen 2 years ago

      +Tua Parulian I've seen some videos where he doesn't do the face, and then says "yeah, it's okay - I don't know whether it's salty or sweet". It's real.

  • shenanigans
    shenanigans 3 years ago

    Why do I torture myself watching your videos lol???

  • hank dean
    hank dean 3 years ago

    more ramen view plus mark

  • TheJosh9150
    TheJosh9150 3 years ago +3

    Dat face tho...

  • SeiferA
    SeiferA 3 years ago +3


  • Nithiput Watcharachokkasem

    hey mark
    After three day you think of somtum haha

  • Miguel Valero
    Miguel Valero 3 years ago

    Nice vid though men

  • Miguel Valero
    Miguel Valero 3 years ago

    Wien, why you make face men?

  • Miguel Valero
    Miguel Valero 3 years ago

    I was here yesterday Wien, nice one men.

  • Natasha Len
    Natasha Len 3 years ago

    I just got to your channel from a Chinese soup video I was watching. I love your channel. please keep up the good work:)