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100 Century Avenue
Beneath the grand financial towers of Lujiazui sits inexpensive and reliable ramen joint Tonchin. Housed in the basement of the Shanghai World Financial Center (SWFC), the venue is nothing out of the ordinary – the simple plastic-coated wooden tables and chairs are ubiquitous across the city – is a great stop for a quick lunch or dinner after work.

The focus is on soy-based ramen and their signature Tonchin ramen (40RMB), is a decent sized bowl of noodles, char siu, bamboo shoots, seaweed sheets and ni-tamago egg. Although the restaurant only serve one slice of char siu with their regular portions, which may seem stingy, the remainder of the toppings are enough to fill a hole. Additional toppings can added for extra charge.

Sadly their spicy ramen lacks much oomph and is only recommended for the emasculated. For something more hearty (especially during winter), try the Hokkaido-style miso ramen (38RMB) which comes with added corn and thicker curly noodles that aid in slurping up soup. The miso adds a distinctive earthy flavour and the paste a thicker texture. Meanwhile, their salt-based soup (36RMB) is milk-white, providing a creamy base for the curly noodles to soak in. Extra dollops of noodles are optional, free of charge. They certainly add heft to the portions, but we recommend them only to the truly famished; like Ippudo’s, they can be cooked to your desired level of firmness.
Venue name: Tonchin
Opening hours: 11am-10.30pm
Metro: Lujiazui
English address: B1 SWFC, 100 Century Avenue, near Dongtai Lu, Pudong
Chinese address: 浦东世纪大道100号, 上海环球金融中心B1楼, 近东泰路