Sunday, January 22, 2012

Mikaeri Ramen

I've only been so far east in Osaka before, so I decided to push the boundaries.  I gave myself a decent amount of time and headed to Shinfukae for one of the few places that is supposed to be open between lunch and dinner on a Sunday.  I arrived to a restaurant with all its lights off.  I was hungry and in the middle of nowhere, but luckily I had Ramen Walker with me.  I looked up a place that was a bit farther east, and would be open after the additional time it would take me to get there.  All the way to Fuse Station, a place I've never been before, and is not even in Osaka city.

Mikaeri is a branch of a shop from Wakayama.  The ramen was available available in thin, regular or rich.  I would normally go with rich soup, but according to the menu, the thin soup has a light chicken base, the rich has a chicken and pork base, and the regular is a mix of two.  Well, when you have a tough time deciding, I say get both, so regular it was.

Ōsaka-fu, Higashiōsaka-shi, Ajiro, 1丁目19−6
Mikaeri is directly south of Fuse Station, on the west side of the street.

The Bowl
The broth was a very thin and chicken-tasting soup.  There was something very familiar about the taste of it; it tasted maybe more like the broth of nabe than it did ramen.  They allow you to choose which noodles you want, and the flat noodles I ordered were easy to gulp down.  Most of the toppings were nothing special, but the one that stood out is the ball of processed chashu and garlic in the center.  I started out by sampling it directly for a delicious taste of garlicky goodness, then afterwards mixed it into the broth.

Would I Go Again?
Yeah, this ramen tasted different from others I've had before, and the garlic chashu clump was great.

Should You Go?
It's not a must-go, but if you ever find yourself east of the border it's certainly worth checking out.

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