Tuesday, October 4, 2011


It's October and no longer blazing hot in Osaka, so I've started walking home from work.  This has given me a chance to walk by all sorts of shops and restaurants I never knew about before.  One that caught my eye is a ramen shop with a big sign that features its curry tsukemen.  As I've always said, when life gives you curry, you eat it.

Ōsaka-fu Ōsaka-shi Kita-ku Dōyamachō 5−9
Mannen is on the east side of Shin-Midosuji, close to the Whity shopping mall.

The Bowl
The broth was a steaming hot, thin, sweet curry soup.  It had a little bit of spice; not so much that it hurt, but just enough to let you know it was there.  The noodles were thin and springy; they almost reminded me of rice noodles.  The sweetness of the broth was a little overwhelming at the end, but the wari-soup mixed with it was quite drinkable.

Would I Go Again?
This was very similar to the couple other times I've had curry ramen or tsukemen before, and I don't mean that in a bad way.  The other places I've been to aren't in Osaka, though, so if I have a craving for curry tsukemen again, here's where I'm going.

Should You Go?
Curry tsukemen is pretty uncommon, and while it's not a must-try style, it's worth checking out.

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