Monday, February 20, 2012

Tsukemen Nidaime Misawa

I had a visitor who wanted to taste great authentic ramen, so I knew I had a duty to bring him to one of the best places.  We went to one of my Osaka favorites, Misawa, the second branch of the Fukushima-based shop.

The main item at Misawa is the gyokai tonkotsu tsukemen, preferably with ume, but I've had that a few times before so I decided to be adventurous and try the limited time sardine tsukemen.  This may sound crazy to some of you, but sardines are a common ingredient in fish-based ramen, though I've never seen a bowl this heavily based on them.

Ōsaka-fu, Ōsaka-shi, Chūō-ku, Higashishinsaibashi, 1丁目7−23

The Bowl
The broth supposedly had chicken at its base, but that was all but completely masked with the taste of sardines.  When I was younger I wouldn't have been able to stand even the smell, but now I found the taste pretty good, if not a bit much.  The noodles were the standard, fat Misawa noodles, and were accompanied by some extremely thick menma and pretty good tender chashu.

Would I Go Again?
Misawa's one of my favorite places, so yet.

Should You Go?
Yes.  I would recommend getting the ume-gyokai tonkotsu tsukemen, though.


  1. I really like your blog. I'm going to try some of the places here. You know, there was this one little raman place in Takasaki, Gunma Prefecture, that I just can't get out of my head. Had this magical negi ramen. Lots of black pepper. Out in the middle of nowhere. I'm way down in Hiroshima now, but I will be going up to Tokyo over Golden Week. I think I'll make the trip out there and have a bowl. If I do, I'll take a picture of this stuff and send it to you. The whole trick was in how they cut the green onion. Lenghwise. And then there was some magic they added. I think it was cigarette ashes.

  2. Thanks! Feel free to add comments with your opinion to some of the places you try.

    Random place in Gunma, huh? I've never been there, but if it's got cigarette ashes in there it's probably pretty addictive.