Thursday, February 18, 2021


I stumbled upon a shop called Mengyu, selling noodles and beef. Of all things I went with their curry mazesoba.


The Bowl
The noodles were yellow and springy; not too remarkable on their own but better with the light aromas of the curry sauce mixed in. The pork squares were plump and juicy, and the vegetables like potato and squash were unusual but a welcome addition.


On the side was a lemon-spice called "lemosco", that was as strange and interesting as it sounded.


Would I Go Again?

Should You Go?


Thursday, January 28, 2021


In store for today was a trip to Tomoyoshi, up past Shin-Osaka. They make a variety of thick ramen and tsukemen, and I ordered the tsukemen laden with toppings.

今回新大阪より北にある「麺道 ともよし」に行ってきました。いろんな濃厚なラーメンとつけ麺を提供していて、特製つけ麺にしました。

The Bowl
A good gyokai tonkotsu, maybe even a little lighter than standard. The noodles were fat and springy, and the chashu was tender and soaked in shoyu.


Would I Go Again?

Should You Go?

麺道 ともよし

Monday, January 25, 2021


Just out getting drinks with a friend, but where better than a Taiwan maze soba shop? I got a drink at Mazeru and ordered the standard Taiwan Maze Soba.


The Bowl
Just what I wanted: not too strong, but with a bit of spice and glazed noodles. Good to eat when sober, and good drunk too!


Would I Go Again?

Should You Go?


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.