Saturday, June 2, 2012

Ramen Zundoya

Some friends of mine came into town from the US, and I decided it was my duty to give them a sampling of good ramen in Osaka.  They hadn't had Hakata style tonkotsu ramen before, so that's where I brought them first.  I veered away from Ippudo and Ichiran since they both have branches in America, but Zundoya is a local Kansai chain.

Of course, I've been to Zundoya before, so I decided to try something crazy.  Miso and tsukemen together at last?  It's not unheard of but it's not common either - especially not in Osaka.

ラー麺 ずんどう屋
1-5-7 Shinsaibashisuji

The Bowl
This was not just any normal miso bowl.  The bowl had a candle under it keeping it nice and hot, and rice on the side meant be mixed in for some bonus zosui.  The broth was extremely rich and hot miso.  The thick noodles and thin, fatty chashu grabbed the broth well, for one long miso-soaked meal.  It was very good, but along with the spicy miso I ate with a separate order of gyoza on the side, I was a bit miso-ed out by the end.

Would I Go Again?
This was not my first trip to Zundoya, and I'm sure it will not be my last.  The real problem is deciding what to order.

Should You Go?
Yes!  Great food, great location.

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