Friday, August 24, 2012


Once upon a time, I was new to Japan.  I knew the wonders of ramen from living in San Francisco, and as a newcomer to Tokyo, tried to eat it as much as I could.  I had heard of tsukemen, but it seemed crazy.  Why separate the noodles if you're just going to dip them anyway?  Why get the noodles cold?

A friend dragged me along to Yasube in Ikebukuro, and my questions were answered.  Sweet and spicy, this was my first bowl of tsukemen, and also the one that got me hooked.  Cut to August this year, and I discovered that the first Yasube outside of Tokyo was opened, and in my very own Osaka no less.

Link here
2-4-4 Shinsaibashisuji

The Bowl
Light, sweet, oniony, and with a little bit of spice to it, like I remembered.  The noodles were fat and spongy, and the menma went very well with the sweet broth.  The chashu was very light but tender.  The wari-soup heated up the broth and tasted a bit fruity - a good finisher for a good meal.

Would I Go Again?
It's a solid tsukemen, and they have a miso on the menu I'm curious about, so yes.

Should You Go?
It's a Tokyo classic.  Check it out.

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