Add to this a large amount of chopped garlic (if you want it), usually fresh but not always, and then a few individual stores have optional toppings such as eggs (raw/"nama", 生 or boiled/yude, ゆで), cheese, curry or extra fat from the soup pot, and then curry powder or black pepper on the counter.
It is tonkotsu broth with shoyu added, but the broth is more like a thinner (but very rich) pork gravy and in most branches it has a large amount of suspended fat (abura).The noodles are (typically) very thick and chewy but not quite as eggy or yellow as regular ramen noodles, and many of the branches make their own, if you see a big green or blue machine that looks like a weaving loom and has flour all over it somewhere in the shop, that's what they make them with.The pork is a very rough cut, usually from the tenderloin but sometimes from some less recognizable part of the pig, and occasionally will be mostly fat.The veggies are usually cabbage or moyashi (bean sprouts), and each branch has its own ratio of the two.If you are on a personal connection, like at home, you can run an anti-virus scan on your device to make sure it is not infected with malware.
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This page is not a review of any single Ramen Jiro branch, but rather an overall beginner's guide to Ramen Jiro for the Tokyo ramen novice.
Last Updated/Refreshed: 2013-12-26 Ramen Jiro is of course technically ramen, but it is somewhat different from any other ramen in Japan.
Also a yogurt drink, available from any conbini, helps soothe the stomach afterwards.
The overall taste is not like any other ramen available in Japan.
It's hard to explain on paper or to understand how the flavors all come together without actually tasting it.