Thursday, February 16, 2012

Menya Teru

Just after I moved to Osaka and started my job, I learned that one of my coworkers was kind of a ramen expert.  Apparently, back in his heyday he ate ramen almost every day, and knew a ton of different shops in the area.  He's since realized that he'll die early if he continues to do that, so he's cut down considerably.  Nonetheless, he's introduced me to a few good shops, some for when I traveled to random places in Japan, and some right near the office.  Menya Teru is the latter, and I first went before I started writing this blog, and decided to go there again with one of my new coworkers.

麺や 輝
Ōsaka-fu, Ōsaka-shi, Kita-ku, Toyosaki, 3丁目8−8
Teru is just southeast of Nakatsu Station in the small maze of alleys.

The Bowl
Teru makes gyokai tonkotsu, and I went for the ramen version.  I usually get this kind of broth in tsukemen, and the version that Teru makes for ramen is much smoother and more drinkable than standard gyokai tonkotsu tsukemen.  The noodles were medium sized and firm, there were bean sprouts, onions, an egg, menma, and of course chashu.  The pieces of chashu were decent but not super flavorful, and the egg was very creamy.  The strangest thing was that the menma tasted strongly of ginger.  Overall I was reminded a lot of Men Life Taku, except with a pork taste instead of chicken.

Would I Go Again?
I've already been there again, so yes.

Should You Go?
Yeah, it's quite good.  There's a number of branches, including one in Shinsaibashi, so you don't necessarily have to trek out to Nakatsu to eat there.

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