Wednesday, January 1, 2020



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!

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Tantanmen × Yume azito

In Kyoto without a ton of time, I looked for a place where I could get good bowl on my way to where I was going. I found Tantanmen x Yume azito, a basement shop hidden away not far from Shijo Station. I ordered the tantanmen, but not just any tantanmen: the white sesame soymilk tantanmen.


The Bowl
This was one thick bowl. The soymilk gave the broth a creamy feel, and it was almost like eating noodles soaked in a sesame paste gravy. The noodles themselves were in thin bunches that brought the milkiness of the broth with them. The soup was covered by ra-yu, too, which allowed it to become thinner and more drinkable as it went on, even if by the end it was mostly salt.


Would I Go Again?
I enjoyed the wacky bowl but I don't make it to Kyoto enough to merit another visit, even if the place hadn't closed for good.


Should You Go?
If it were still open I would recommend it for anyone who likes thick ramen with a bit of spice.



Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Tori Shio Ramen Hippo

A ramen shop called Hippo has appeared in a few areas of Osaka. With a name like "hippo", you might think it's some kind of super-thick ramen, but what Hippo serves is quite the opposite: light shio. I went with the chicken shio ramen.


The Bowl
The broth was clear yellow, simple with an almost citrus-like tanginess. The noodles came in thin white strands: a style that fit the soup well. Instead of chashu, there were meaty pieces of chicken. They were tasty, and kept the light theme of the bowl.


Would I Go Again?
I would, maybe to one of their other branches.


Should You Go?
It's a good stop for something light.


鶏塩ラーメン Hippo

Sunday, March 31, 2019


Today I visited TSURUMEN, a shop not far from Osaka Castle Park, and former home of Ramen Cliff. I went with their standard if unique Dotesoba, a bowl of mazesoba with the white miso flavors of doteyaki, a dish of stewed beef tendon and jelly konnyaku.

今回TSURUMENという大阪城公園の近くにある店に行ってきました。らぁ麺 Cliffのあとでできました。白みそのどてやき+まぜそばのコンビのどてそばにしました。

The Bowl
For better or for worse, they got what they were aiming for: this was a bowl of noodles that captured the sweet and tenderness of doteyaki. The konnyaku added unique chew to the bowl, and the beef tendon bits were tender and juicy as hoped for. The flat noodles, on the other hand, reminded me of noodle dishes I had in Hong Kong. An interesting dish, if one that got a bit tiresome.


Would I Go Again?
It was pretty good; I might if I'm in the area.


Should You Go?
Those who are looking for the weird, check this one out.



Sunday, February 17, 2019

Saishoku Ramen Kinsei

One by one I will hit all of the Kinsei shops. I've been to Kinsei Mufu somewhere deep in Takatsuki, but now it was time to try the flagship right by Takatsuki station. For my first time to the flagship, I gotta get the shio.


The Bowl
If you ever hear me complain that shio is too simple to stand out, remind me that Kinsei exists. Kinsei's shio broth is a silky-smooth light shio, that comes in strong through its flat and super-slurpable noodles. The optional egg had a tinge of smokiness, and the chashu was nothing special, but the smooth broth you can't get tired of is why I'm sure I'll find myself at this shop again.


Would I Go Again?


Should You Go?


彩色ラーメン きんせい

Monday, January 14, 2019

Mensho Nakaue

On this day I decided to leave my normal area and visit Nakaue, a shop a bit north of Shin Osaka. They had a variety of ramen and I was leaning towards getting the tsukemen, but the staff recommended the fish and chicken shoyu ramen, so I went for that.


The Bowl
I was expecting some kind of mellow seafood broth, but this was instead a dark, garlicky scallop soup. The noodles were flat and yellow, and after soaking up the soup tasted like shredded scallops. The soup was pretty unusual, while the chashu came in serviceable standard slices.


Would I Go Again?
It was pretty interesting; I might check it out if I happen to be in the area again.


Should You Go?
This is a good place for those die-hard seafood ramen lovers.


麺匠 中うえ

Wednesday, November 28, 2018


Monjiro is one of the first shops I ever visited after starting this blog. While I've discovered so much ramen since then, when I heard there was a branch opening in Shinsaibashi, I knew I had to check it out. I went for the spicy tsukemen, as always.


The Bowl
And the only thing I was surprised about was how closely resembled the bowl I had had years earlier. The soup was a bit on thin side, with a light seafood flavor and slow-building spice. The thick, rope-like noodles were a pleasure, and the soup hid some flavorful chunks of chashu.


Would I Go Again?
As before, this is a solid bowl, but there's a lot to compete with in Shinsaibashi.


Should You Go?
You can't go wrong with Monjiro, but there is some tough competition in the tsukemen space.


つけ麺 紋次郎