Monday, January 1, 2018



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!

Sunday, November 19, 2017


One late night after a hanami I ended up with some friends in the middle of Amagasaki. We were drunk and hungry, and we ended up at the local branch of Kurofune, where I ordered the miso ramen.


The Bowl
It was a generic miso, salty and very garlicky. The noodles were flat and long. Overall, I rate this as something that held me over sufficiently on this night.


Would I Go Again?
Good memories, but I don't think I'll make it out there again.


麺屋 黒船

Friday, November 17, 2017

Menya Yu

One nice thing about ramen shops that stick around for a while is that people who have been working at those shops for a while go and start their own shops. Such is the case with Menya Yu, opened by a former employee of Menya Taku. Just like Taku they focus on mixed soups, so I ordered the chicken seafood pork ramen with an egg.


The Bowl
And a lot like Taku it was. The broth was a syrupy clear-brown, thick with fish and an unusual mixture of pork and chicken. It didn't have quite the same perfect balance that Taku did, but it was good none the less, with firm noodles, some medium slices of chashu, and a creamy and slightly cool egg.


Would I Go Again?
I'm not in a rush, but I would stop in again


Should You Go?
I would recommend it for fans who have already been to Taku.


麺や 佑

Sunday, November 12, 2017


Time for a break from the Tenkatoitsu Ramen Battle and return to form. On my way to a hanami event I stopped at highly regarded Uemachi, and got a bowl of chuka soba shoyu.


The Bowl
This was sharp and salty in a way that was strangely addictive. Compared to other salty bowls, Uemachi's was light, and filled with grains of green onion. The noodles were flat and thin, normally what I would expect to see in shoyu. Still, though, they had a wonderful gumminess to them, and I had to stop myself from slurping them too quickly.


Would I Go Again?


Should You Go?


中華そば うえまち

Friday, November 3, 2017

Tenkatoitsu Ramen Battle - Day 7

Sadly, it's time for my final visit to the Tenkatoitsu Ramen Battle. Seven trips isn't too bad. I ended with a bowl of miso ramen from Misono Maruesu.


The Bowl
Maruesu provided a cloudy miso broth, made better by the splash of rayu they offered on the side. The noodles were thick and looked handcut. These were the fattest noodles I'd seen at the event, and they were delicious, if too much for the broth.



Sunday, October 29, 2017

Tenkatoitsu Ramen Battle - Day 6

Day 6 at the Tenkatoitsu Ramen Battle. This time I just had Tokyo Sabar's saba dashi ramen.


The Bowl
On its face this was a light shio, but one sip made it clear how permeated with saba it was. The noodles were, like the soup, nearly clear, and covered with bits of the same taste. There was a piece of grilled saba as well. Even though the flavor was at its core the same as the soup, the barely crispy skin and soft insides was an interesting change of texture.



Thursday, October 26, 2017

Tenkatoitsu Ramen Battle - Day 5

More and more bowls at the Tenkatoitsu Ramen Battle. first up was a rich chicken shoyu with barbecue pork from Junk Story.

また天下統一ラーメンバトル!まずはJunk Storyの濃厚醤油炙りチャーシュー鶏そばでした。

The Bowl
As opposed to Junk Story's usual clear-as-day shio, this was a heavy chicken gravy. The medium-sized noodles glopped on to each other using the molasses-like soup as glue. As advertised in the dish name, the charred slices of pork managed to cut through the broth's weight.

Junk Storyの普通の透き通った塩と違って、どろどろとしたグレービーソース的な鶏スープでした。黄色い麺ははスープのノリでいっぱい絡んできました。メニュー名通り炙りチャーシューの味がうまくて、スープの味を超えられました。

Next up was a simpler bowl: Taiwan maze soba from Kokoro.


The Bowl
This was maybe the spiciest bowl I had at the battle so far. It wasn't super hot, but had a nice kick. The noodles stuck to the bits of onions and seaweed, thanks to the sticky sheen applied from the raw egg. This wasn't my favorite bowl of Taiwan maze soba, but a good one for the festival.