Sunday, July 22, 2012


Tsukemen, the form of ramen where you dip your noodles instead of drinking them straight from the broth has its origins in Taishoken in Higashi-Ikebukuro in Tokyo.  A long time ago I visited that shop, and while I was less experienced then than I am now, I was not impressed.  It wasn't bad, but it wasn't as solid as a lot of other bowls I had had before.  But I decided to give it another try, in the Osaka Nipponbashi branch.

2-1-22 Nanbanaka

The Bowl
Well, I've changed my opinion.  The tonkotsu gyokai broth was thinner than I normally like, but was a really good balance of sweet and salty.  Even though the soup wasn't that thick, the fat noodles worked excellently.  The chashu was pretty good, though the egg and wari-soup were pretty standard.

Would I Go Again?
Yeah, I stand corrected.  I think there's another branch in Osaka that I'll check out next time.

Should You Go?
Yeah, it's in a good location and it's a branch of the place that created tsukemen.

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