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!

Monday, November 9, 2020


I'm not always in the mood for Jiro-style ramen, but this time I tried Shofuku, a shop in Awaza for their pork ramen.


The Bowl
It was a solid shoyu base, and to be honest, I was glad that it was one of the mildest Jiro-style bowls I've had. The noodles, were, thick, square and wheaty, and the bonito flakes too helped to mellow out the bowl. The chashu wasn't necessarily brimming with flavor, but it was juicy and fatty in a way that kept me warm on a cold winter day.


Would I Go Again?

Should You Go?

ラーメン・つけ麺 笑福

Thursday, October 8, 2020


Halal food has gotten bigger here, so Osaka was bound to see its first, as far as I know, halal ramen shop. Honoru is from Tokyo, but I visited the Namba shop for a bowl of their spicy chicken ramen.


The Bowl
A thick chicken potage, covered in smokey ra-yu chili oil. There were chili peppers hiding inside, along with some chewy chicken chashu. The noodles were thin, bouncy, and yellow, and bit by bit brought up some of the smokey spice with them.


Would I Go Again?

Should You Go?

麺屋 帆のる

Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Ramen Expo 2016

Another year, another Ramen Expo! Don't check which year this is or you'll realize how far behind I am writing these.


First up was a collaboration shop, presenting their take on Nagoya's Taiwan Ramen.


The Bowl
A pickly, light bowl of clear soup, with simple strands of noodles that almost had the substance of clear rice noodles. The bowl was filled with solid chunks of minchi, chives, and the whole thing was just a bit spicy.


Next up was Menya Jiro, with tonkotsu ramen from Kagoshima.


The Bowl
It was a rich tonkotsu, but without the stinkiness, mellowed by shoyu. The noodles were short and medium-thick, but brought with them the perfect amount of flavorful broth with each bite. There were a couple different slices of chashu, but the thicker one stood out as tender and charred in a way that tastes like good American barbecue pork.


Until next year, Ramen Expo.



Thursday, July 23, 2020

Noko Tori Paitan Ramen Misora

I went ramen hunting with a friend in Kyoto, and we ended up at Misora, a shop I didn't realize at first was related to nearby shop Mitsuru. Knowing that, I decided to instead of ramen, order their Noko Tori Tsukemen Black.

友達と京都でラーメンを探しに行きました。美空に行ってみて、入ったら前行った美鶴の姉妹店がわかりました。ほんで、ラーメンじゃなくて、「濃厚鶏つけ麺 黒」を注文しました。

The Bowl
The broth was a strong and salty shoyu, with a heavy background flavor of chicken. The noodles were one of my favorite styles - round and smooth, ultra slurpable. The chashu was nice and tender, tasting strongly of ginger.


Would I Go Again?

Should You Go?

濃厚鶏白湯ラーメン 美空

Saturday, July 11, 2020

Ramenya Mitsuba

The one, the legendary Mitsuba. Forever on my list of shops to visit, I had a random day off and decided to wake up early and make the trek to Nara to visit it. I arrived 30 minutes before opening, but for some reason the shop let me right in and sit down. I had been expecting lunch ramen, but instead I got breakfast.


The Bowl
These pork-chicken, bubbly ramen bowls are somewhat popular these days, and Mitsuba's may be the finest, if not the first. The waves of soup are buttery smooth, and have a nice arc from sweet first sip to savory aftertaste. The onions mixed in bring a slight change of flavor that keeps it fresh and from being to meaty. The noodles were round and balanced; a light and airy touch above the thick soup. The egg and chashu both were well-seasoned, the pork tasting like almost like pancetta.


Would I Go Again?

Should You Go?

And what would a trip to Nara be without a stop to hang out with some deer?


ラーメン家 みつ葉

Saturday, June 13, 2020

Rekishi wo Kizame

I'm not in the mood for Jiro-kei ramen every day, but every once in a while I enjoy giving it a try. This time I stopped at maybe Osaka's most famous Jiro-kei shop, the Teradamachi branch of Rekishi wo Kizame. It was a greasy, messy place, filled with young men and the smell of garlic and oil. I ordered the aptly named "ramen".


The Bowl
The broth was a sharp, garlicky shoyu, captured at its best by the chunky, curly, glutinous noodles. The chashu was enormous too, but didn't quite capture the essence of the bowl the same way the noodles did. I was destroyed by the oil and raw amount of food, but I don't regret it.


Would I Go Again?

Should You Go?

ラーメン荘 歴史を刻め