Friday, January 1, 2021



tl;dr: Here's a list of great Osaka ramen

Welcome to Friends in Ramen, the mad ramblings and reviews of a ramen-obsessed New Yorker who has somehow found himself in Osaka.  I've created this blog for foreigners in Osaka who want to eat good ramen, English speakers abroad who want to eat vicariously in the great east, or anyone else who wants to stop by.

I've tried to keep my ramen shop reviews in a consistent format; there's locational information along with a photo of the outside of the shop, and tags describing the style and location.  If you're looking for something particular, give it a search, or otherwise browse with pleasure!

If you're still reading this and haven't scrolled down to the wonderful pictures of rich salty broth below, here are some good places to get started on the blog:

Best Ramen in Osaka - A list of my favorite shops in Osaka, sorted by type and location
The ramen map - a (near) exhaustive list of the ramen shops I've eaten at in Japan
The Beginning - My first post, and my entrance into Osaka
Who Writes This Thing, Anyway? - More of me talking about myself!
Ramen Glossary - A list of terms that are often used in my posts, in case ramen is new to you

Enjoy Friends in Ramen!

ラーメンの中毒があるなんとなく大阪にいちゃったニューヨーカーが書いている「Friends in Ramen」というブログにようこそ!元々外国人のためにブログを作りましたけど、日本人もラーメンが好きな外国人の意見に興味あるかなと思っていたので、日本語も書くようにしています。日本語はけっこうむずいので、ミスとかあればすみません。いろいろな店で食べたことあるので、もし「こんなスープを飲みたいな」と考えたら、タグとかで検索してください。あとは、適当に楽しんでください!


大阪のベストラーメン:大阪の一番好きなラーメン屋さん。場所と味でソートしています ラーメン地図:今までに全国の食べたことあるラーメン屋さん
The Beginning:大阪のデビュー

Friends in Ramenを楽しみましょう!

Thursday, February 13, 2020

Menya Mon

Menya Mon is a ramen shop right in the heart of Ame Mura, offering shoyu and shio chicken ramen. I gave the shoyu a try.

アメ村の中心に「麵屋 問」がいろいろな鶏白湯を提供しています。醤油を頼んでみました。

The Bowl
The first couple sips of the soup brought a syrupy chicken goodness, along with some light-yellow noodles. A few more sips, though, and the salt overtook many of the other flavors. The slices of alternating light and dark chicken were a highlight, but overall the salt hid the bet parts of this bowl.


Would I Go Again?

Should You Go?

麺屋 問

Sunday, February 2, 2020

Shiru Soba Dokoro Choboichi

Nothing makes a better late night in Kobe than a late night bowl of red hot chicken ramen.


The Bowl
Thick, syrupy broth; smoky and mostly the flavor of ra-yu. The noodles were thin and made themselves ra-yu flavored, too, as they were pulled from the viscous mixture. Not a bowl I want every day, but one I was perfectly happy with then.


Would I Go Again?

Should You Go?

汁そば処 ちょぼいち

Monday, January 27, 2020

Takemoto Shoten Ebi Mensha

A shop in Shinsaibashi was offering lobster tsukemen, of all things.


The Bowl
As you can see from the picture, the broth came scalding hot. It was strongly lobster, and super thick to match. It worked well with the fat, square noodles, clearly built for a rich broth like this. The juicy pork slice and crunchy menma all felt designed to go with the lobster flavor, and in the end, when it was a bit much to bare, a squeeze of lemon and some jelly-laden ato meshi helped finish off the last of it.


Would I Go Again?

Should You Go?

竹本商店 海老麺舎

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Ramen Niboshi Yujiro Lab

Briefly lived Niboshi Yujiro Lab in Tenroku offered a variety of niboshi bowls, of which I went with the standard-sounding shoyu.

短い間しかなかった「煮干し裕次郎Lab」がいろいろな煮干しラーメンを提供しました。私は標準っぽい鶏煮干しラーメン 醤油にしました。

The Bowl
This bowl's DNA was more niboshi than shoyu; it was grainy and speckled with fish powder. It was pretty strong and salty, but the noodles brought a mellower taste with them. The yuzu peel was the premier topping, and along with the vinegar it was able to balance out the bowl to a place where it was quite drinkable.


Would I Go Again?

Should You Go?
This shop is now closed.


らーめん 煮干し裕次郎Lab