Tuesday, January 1, 2019



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!

Monday, March 19, 2018

Tonkotsu Mazesoba KOZOU+

One of my favorite ramen shops decided to open an abura soba shop just around the corner. As soon as I heard about it, I wasted no time in visiting Tonkotsu Mazesoba KOZOU+, and ordering their tonkotsu mazesoba with a small serving of rice to mix in at the end.


The Bowl
The bowl was laid out nicely at first, with Dolce Porco cubes of chashu and SKW or Special Kozo Wave noodles. I mixed it around, and the whole thing tasted a bit like a mongolian grill noodle stir fry dish. Partway through I mixed in some mustard on the side, and was almost like some kind of weird sausage pasta. This was thankfully a bit lighter than normal Kozo, but still delicious.


Would I Go Again?


Should You Go?



Thursday, March 15, 2018

Sapporo Ramen Shishio

If Osaka is missing any one kind of ramen, it's miso. I was as happy as ever when Sapporo Ramen Shishio opened up in Shinsaibashi. Without hesitating I ordered the rich miso ramen.


The Bowl
The soup was a cloudy if oily brown miso. It was fatty and flavorful, and even had a bit of that tonkotsu stink. There were sesame seeds strewn about, that added just a bit of flavor and texture. The noodles were the standard fat, yellow, curly noodles, appropriate for the broth. The chashu came in a few solid slabs. Overall this was a good, standard version of miso: something Osaka is sorely lacking.


Would I Go Again?
I'm not in a rush, but I might if I'm feeling miso in Minami.


Should You Go?
Any Osakan lacking miso should check this place out.



Monday, March 12, 2018

Mu Ramen

A visit back home to New York! I don't get to visit too often these days, so I like to eat a lot of food mixed in with some general walking around the city.

Black and white cookie

Ample Hills ice cream

Rainbow bagel

And of course ramen! This time I visited a long heralded shop, Mu Ramen. Mu Ramen first opened as a pop-up in a bagel shop, and then switched to a permanent location in Long Island City. I went with some friends and ordered a handful of appetizers, in addition to the namesake ox-tail Mu Ramen.

で、ラーメンも!今回噂の「Mu Ramen」に行ってみました。最初、ベーグル屋さんでのポップアップでしたけど、今ロングアイランドシティーに移転しました。友達と行って、いろいろな一品と牛骨の「Mu Ramen」を頼みました。

Spicy edamame

Fish and syrup "okonomiyaki"

Clean and slightly spicy clams

The Bowl
The cloudy tan broth was filled with unusual toppings: a half-sour pickle, and cabbage, and a couple of slices of what tasted like corned beef. The broth itself tasted light and pickly too, reminding me of the deli ramen I had tasted in a previous visit to NY. The noodles were pretty fat and curly, surprising thick for the thinner soup they were in. The beef was a nice blast of New York flavor. It felt a little out of place in the ramen, but it tasted good nonetheless.


Would I Go Again?


Should You Go?
If you're in NY looking for ramen, it's one of the best.



Monday, March 5, 2018

Katmandu Ramen

Today's shop is a bit different from the normal shops I go to. It was created by a guy who originally created a curry shop, so Katmandu is almost more of a curry shop than a ramen shop. Since I love curry, I was pretty excited and ordered the special curry ramen.


The Bowl
Sure enough, this was pretty much a bowl of straight-up Indian curry. It was thick, but not too spicy. Most curry ramen shops I've been to tend to thin out or sweeten their curry, so I was happy to see a place present a nice and rich curry. The noodles were medium and curly, a nice alternative to rice or naan. I really loved the dry piece of spiced tikka on the side; I would have taken plenty more of that if I could have.


Would I Go Again?
Maybe, I'm curious about some of their other dishes.


Should You Go?
I recommend this place for curry fans.



Friday, March 2, 2018


A couple of years ago, one of my favorite shops in Tokyo closed. Kururi was a great miso shop, with thick noodles and an even thicker broth. Luckily, though, shortly thereafter it reopened only in its original location as spicy miso ramen sho Otsukaya. I ordered the standard spicy miso ramen.


The Bowl
Sure enough, Otsukaya is not too far from the original. It was a spicy red sauce covered in red pepper flakes and onions. One by one I fished the fat, short noodles out, enjoying the hot broth until I was full. The chashu came in fat cubes, also absorbing the spicy soup.


Would I Go Again?
Yes. I can't say I like it quite as much as the more standard Kururi, but I would like to go back.


Should You Go?



Sunday, February 25, 2018


Tokyo! I am happy living in Osaka, but I still miss the capital city. On my trip this time I made sure to hit a couple of shops, starting with conveniently located chuka soba shop Kiraku. In an old diner-looking restaurant I ordered the wonton noodles.


The Bowl
This was a simple shoyu; clear brown, and light, if covered with a scalding layer of thin oil. There were plenty of veggies mixed in: bean sprouts, cabbage, and I think I tasted a hint of fried garlic. The noodles were thick, short ropes, and despite the broth being pretty thin, they matched the saltiness quite nicely. The chashu were tough slices of Chinese-style pork, and the wonton was a sweet interlude.


Would I Go Again?
This was a good bowl, but I still have so many bowls to try in Shibuya, let alone all of Tokyo.


Should You Go?
Anyone wanting an old-school bowl that won't leave you in pain, check it out.