Friday, December 2, 2011


Tonight's walk brought me through the heart of America Village, the area of Osaka that is meant to be somewhat modeling America.  It doesn't look anything like the US, not even in one of those ridiculous-mocking ways.  But it's a cool place to walk around, has a number of clothing shops, and even has some good ramen.

I found Menikkon in Ramen Walker.  It was advertised for having a rich katsuo (bonito) ramen and a good egg, so I ordered both.

Ōsaka-fu, Ōsaka-shi, Chūō-ku, Nishishinsaibashi, 1丁目7−2
Menikkon is in America Village, just a block north of the triangle park.

The Bowl
The soup base was a classic shoyu, but the soy sauce taste was overpowered by the fishiness of the katsuo.  Bowls this fishy I'm used to having as rich tsukemen, but this was comparatively quite light.  The noodles were thin, there were thins trips of menma and a fairly ordinary slice of chashu.  The thin onions stood out as being especially delicious, but my favorite topping was the egg.  After bursting it open with my chopsticks, the yolk poured out like the filling of a cream egg, and it tasted even better mixed with the soup.

Would I Go Again?
This was a very good shoyu bowl.  The closest I've had to it is the slightly fishy Rakunijin, but still Menikkon was a bit richer and more fishy.  I'd visit again.

Should You Go?
It's a good shoyu bowl in a great location.  You should go.

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