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Totemo Ramen

Simplicity is key at the ramen bar

Oct 20th, 2016

The part of St Eriksgatan between Fridhemsplan and St Eriksplan is not a place where you find yourself just strolling about without a specific aim. The street is filled with commuters going in and out of town, and the street is just… well, it is not that nice. But it has become a bit warmer and nicer with the addition of the small ramen bar Totemo Ramen, serving up one of the best bowls of ramen you will find in Stockholm.

it has become a bit warmer and nicer with the addition of the small ramen bar Totemo Ramen

No one missed the trend in 2015 when ramen finally reached Stockholm on a wider scale than the two or three places previously serving ramen. And one of the nicer additions has been the tiny ramen bar Totemo Ramen. Totemo is Japanese, and can roughly be translated to “very much”. And although the place in itself is far from very spacious, holding about 15 seats in the bar and by the window, the ramen is very much the thing that draws you here.

deep umami flavor and nice saltiness

The concept is very simple, and it should be in that way. The broth is at the heart of it all, and at Totemo Ramen it has that deep umami flavor and nice saltiness. The second point is of course the noodles, which are made in the restaurant and are springy and nice (as long as you don’t wait too long to start eating up your bowl since they continue to cook in the hot broth – but hey, thats just the way to eat ramen). And everything is cooked from scratch with organic ingredients. Even though it is not so much more than that which is actually cooked.

The basis for the four different ramen choices on the menu remain the same

Simplicity is key and they do it quite clever, the basis for the four different ramen choices on the menu remain the same. The classic version is a shio ramen in chicken stock, dashi, marinated pork, fermented bamboo shoots, spring onion and bean sprouts. It is simply called the Totemo Ramen. And if you like to go for the spicy miso version where some chilli, pickled ginger and coriander has been added to it – it is still the same basis with the chicken stock, dashi and marinated pork. Add a marinated- or poached egg, and that’s about how much frills and fuss you will get here. It’s simple but tasty.

Add a marinated- or poached egg, and that’s about how much frills and fuss you will get

And the simplicity is what I really like here, it is in the true sense of the word a casual ramen bar where you go to slurp away on a hot bowl of ramen. There are only two downsides. One; it is only open for lunch (I hope that it is something that will change in the near future). And two, the chatsu pork has been replaced from a fatty and nice pork belly to a less fatty pork butt.
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