Tonbo Ramen - Shoyu Ramen
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Tonbo Ramen

Ramen  (ラーメン) – A traditional Japanese dish consisting of Chinese wheat-noodles served in beef broth, and seasoned with soy or miso. Toppings vary and can include – pork, nori (seaweed), mushrooms, eggs, scallions, and pickled onions.

Ramen in Raleigh

Let’s be honest, the only ramen I’ve ever eaten in my life has come out of some kind of plastic wrap or a Styrofoam cup. So when I heard ramen was coming to Raleigh, I was beyond excited. Tonbo Ramen opened up back in February, but with mine and Jacks’ schedule, we just never had a good opportunity to check it out. However, it’s been raining the past week here…which makes for the best noodle weather. Typically, on days like this we opt for Pho.

Tonbo Ramen - Pork Belly Buns
Pork Belly Bun

After today, i’m a believer.

For our appetizer we ordered the pork belly buns ($7), which came highly recommended by our waiter. It comes with 2 buns topped with pork belly, pickled vegetables, cilantro, and light hoisin sauce. These were delicious! The perfect couple small bites with ample amounts of pork belly. Jack and I probably could have eaten a dozen of these they were so good.

For my entrée I order the Shoyu Ramen ($14). It includes shredded pork, home-made pork and shrimp dumplings, soy marinated soft egg, broccoli rabe, pickled carrots, scallion, sesame garlic oil and nori. I also got enoki mushrooms added because they are my FAVORITE.

Tonbo Ramen - Shoyu Ramen
Shoyu Ramen


This stuff was amazing. Between the dumplings and the egg – I was in heaven. I also enjoyed the bitterness of the broccoli rabe. I did add a fair amount of pepper flakes and chili oil to mine to give it some heat.

Jack ordered the Tonkotsu ($14). It came with pork belly, pork and shrimp dumplings, soy marinated soft egg, pickled red onions, sesame garlic oil, scallion and nori.  The noodles were his favorite, aside from the pork belly buns.

The service was also outstanding, and I don’t think we had a single complaint. For us, it made an especially good lunch choice, and I am certain we will be back. Perhaps next time I will try their “brothless” Mazemen Ramen.


About Tonbo Ramen

The name Tonbo (トンボ) – is Japanese for dragonfly, and is the Samurai symbol for power, agility, and victory.  Tonbo Ramen is located in the Moore Square District of Downtown Raleigh at 211 South Wilmington Street. They can be found on the web at


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