Defining a True Tonkotsu Broth

Tonkotsu Ramen: Best of the Bone

To create the perfect bowl of ramen, there are three things that must dance in harmony which are the noodles, broth, and toppings. All are important but it is the broth that defines the bowl’s flavor.

Tonkotsu, ramen made with a pork bone broth, is one of the most popular choices. It is a traditional choice ramen loved for its creamy and salty tastes. And because it is a classic selection, it is the perfect starting point for new ramen eaters.

So, how do you define a true tonkotsu broth? First, let’s run through what a tonkotsu broth is, how it’s made, and where you can find it.

WHAT is it?

To begin, we need to dig into a little background history on this delicious broth. Tonkotsu ramen originated in the Japanese city of Kurume, Fukuoka, however, tonkotsu ramen originally was referred to as hakata ramen, named for the historic central Fukuoka. Back in the day, the broth was originated to prepare ramen bowls mainly for laborers at fish markets who considered ramen as affordable fast food. (Ask any college student today … things haven’t changed much!) Today, it is a popular dish in both Japan and in the United States. The word tonkotsu translates to “pig bone” in Japanese, making it a fairly literal translation: a broth made from boiling pig bone. Not only does the umami flavor of tonkotsu delight tastebuds but bone broths such as this have numerous health benefits. The collagen from the bone is said to help health digestive lining, boost the immune system, aid in overcoming food allergies, and improve joint health. So it tastes good and is good for you!

HOW is it made?

Tonkotsu is a Japanese broth made from simmered pork marrow or pork bone. What makes this broth so special is the amount of time put into it. This broth is specially prepared by boiling the bones for about 8 to 12 hours or more. Special seasonings are added as well. With that amount of time, the pork marrow releases all of its flavors into the steamed water, by creating a thick and creamy umami tonkotsu broth.

WHERE to get it?

A delicious tonkotsu broth is prepared with time, effort, and patience, and at Ejji, we do not disappoint. Although most simmer a traditional tonkotsu broth for 8 to 12 hours, Ejji simmers for 36 hours. Using hormone-free, antibiotic free pork along with sautéed vegetables with a hint of a smoky flavor. We serve our homemade tonkotsu broth with our thin noodles and topped with our signature pork belly, char siu pulled pork, an organic miso egg and fresh scallions. Together, these ingredients create a ramen bowl that will not only satisfy your stomach but also treat your mouth with exploding flavors each bite at a time; umami!

WHEN is it available?

Lucky for you, Ejji Ramen offers its Tonkotsu Porky Ramen all year long. Stop by during our shop hours to enjoy this fan favorite.

Shop Hours

  • Monday-Thursday: 11AM-8PM
  • Friday: 11AM-10PM
  • Saturday: 10AM-10PM
  • Sunday: 10AM-5PM

By Christina Shin