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Tokyo’s Best TONKOTSU Ramen at TONCHIN, Mercury Ville, Chidlom, Bangkok, Thailand: A Review

Tonchin Ramen

Hello, everyone I am Chifumi Maeda, a Japanese female president living in Bangkok.

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Tokyo Tonkotsu (pork broth) Ramen restaurant TONCHIN is what I am going to talk about today.

(Soup made with pork belly and bones, simmered with miso, sake, vegetables, etc..)

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Ramen is one of the popular noodle with soup in a bowl

that is loved by many people young and old and the.

But they call the restaurant here, “Tokyo Tonkotsu Ramen”.

(Although it is a popular and handy food to have in an eatery in Japan,

there are quite number of luxury type restaurants abroad that serve the bowl…) 

Bangkok is one of the major battlefields in Asia when it comes to Ramen business.

If it was in Japan, some Ramen restaurant is almost impossible to get in

as people are making line waiting for their turn to get into the restaurant,

but here in Bangkok, the branch restaurants of such restaurants in Japan is not that difficult to get in.

TONCHIN Ramen
Tonkotsu ramen lover

This TONCHIN that I am going to talk about today is also one of such ramen restaurants that p

eople are lining up to is get their bowl if it was in Japan.

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The Story Behind TONCHIN: Tokyo’s Premier Tonkotsu Ramen Restaurant

The restaurant was opened in Ikebukuro Tokyo in 1992.

As its name says, they serve ramen noodle in “Tonkotsu (pork broth) base” soup.

Kyushu region in Japan is famous for Tonkotsu Ramen but,

there have been quite some changes in its way of broth making in domestic Japan and nowadays,

there are many different types of Tonkotsu based ramen all over Japan.

TONCHIN has its branches in Shanghai China, Taiwan, New York, and here in Bangkok outside of Japan.

Its New York branch is listed in the US edition of Michelin Guide Bib Gourmand.

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Its Bangkok branch was opened in 2020.

Location Guide: Finding TONCHIN in Mercury Ville, Chidlom, Bangkok

It is located on the ground floor in the mercury Ville

where you have direct access from BTS Chidlom.

It is on the opposite side of the luxury department store Central Chidlom.

It is on the corner of Rama 1 Rd. and Langsuan Rd.

And its 2nd branch is in Siam Paragon.

The restaurant is easy to reach as it is equipped with parking spaces

and also has direct access to and from BTS.

Savoring TONCHIN’s Specialty: Unpacking the Unique Taste of their Tonkotsu Ramen

Tonkotsu Ramen has very unique smell and characteristics.

The soup looks greasy or fatty which makes quite many people keep their distance from the food.  

And to be honest, I am also not at all a big fan of Tonkotsu soup in general.

However, the TONCHIN’s Tonkotsu soup do not have such smell unique to Tonkotsu soup and

when you taste the soup, it surprisingly has a clear soup taste. Not greasy at all.   

Normally, the noodles in Tonkotsu soup is a thin type noodle

so that it doesn’t bring too much fats into your mouth

but here at TONCHIN fat is not a problem at all thus they serve the bowl with a thick type noodle. 

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Tokyo Tonkotsu Ramen: 190 baht

If you order Tsukemen, where the noodle and soup comes in separate bowls,

the noodle is even thicker and is wavy shaped so that the soup can stick to the noodle.

TONCHIN Ramen
Thailand only menu: Special dish, shrimp & rich broth tsukemen: 380 baht

And the char siu pork (roasted pork fillet) is well stewed and tasty

and the egg is well sauced with soy sauce and tasty. 

Every item is prepared with care which makes you notice the good work they do.

I order “Chinese dumplings on a hot plate (GYOZA)” every time I come there.

The wrap is chewy and delicious. 

TONCHIN Ramen
Chinese dumplong (GYOZA): 100 THB

I strongly recommend you to try the dish with your ramen

if and when you have a chance to eat at TONCHIN.

Immersive Ambience at TONCHIN: An Authentic Tokyo Ramen Experience in Bangkok

From one person diners to couple diners as well as family diners

can just come in as the restaurant has counter-bar type seats as well as table seats.

Got little kids with you? No problem. They have child seat as well.   

The restaurant is spacious and with high ceiling.

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If someone told me it is a Café and not a ramen restaurant,

I would believe the person. very nice atmosphere.

The staffs’ movements are sharp and effective. Very nice to watch. 

Pricing Guide: How Much to Budget for a TONCHIN Ramen Meal

Tokyo Tonkotsu Ramen starts from 190 baht.

It is quite generous price if you consider that the ramen restaurant is located in the heart of Bangkok I must say.

Other shops charge about 300 baht.

There are ramen bowls that they serve here in Thailand only

and nowhere else so it may be a good idea to try their original menu as well.

Here is their menu for your reference.

Menu: Tonchin Ramen
Menu: Tonchin Ramen
Menu: Tonchin Ramen
Menu: Tonchin Ramen
Menu: Tonchin Ramen
Menu: Tonchin Ramen

Top Reasons to Try TONCHIN’s Best Tonkotsu Ramen in Bangkok

List of recommendation points.

Tokyo Tonkotsu Ramen starts from generous 190 baht. 

Ramen toppings such as char siu pork and egg is carefully prepared.

Noodle is chewy and delicious.

The restaurant looks like a fashionable Café.

Easy access by car or BTS.

They carry their Thai original menu.

Essential TONCHIN Information: Hours, Contact, and More

Place:1 FL. mercury Ville, Chidlom (BTS Chidlom)

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