Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Kuso Oyaji Saigo no Hitofuri

I've been in Osaka for a while now, but there are still some ramen shops I haven't made my way to. Some shops I've known about even for a long time, but just haven't gotten around to visiting. The shop of the day is Kuso Oyaji Saigo no Hitofuri, which means "The smelly old man's last swing". It's a ridiculous name, but not much more so than the other associated shops, Jinrui Mina Menrui and Sekai Ichi Himana Ramenya.

Kuso Oyaji Saigo no Hitofuri specializes in clam ramen, and so their menu consists of three different varieties. They are all shoyu, but of different levels of richness, and with different kinds of clams: asari, hamaguri, or shijimi. They all looked good, but for my first trip I followed Goldilocks's lead and went with the asari one: not too rich, and not too light.



This is a shop you have to wait on line for

Some fashionable noodle art

The Bowl
In keeping in tradition with the sister shops, the bowl carried a solid shoyu with slabs of chashu covering large portions of it. The soup was sharp, with the light clam flavors providing a subtext to the shoyu. The noodles were flat and grainy, but picked up a measured balance of the clam and shoyu.

Of course what would clam ramen be without actual clams? The clams were almost a reverse of the soup itself: light and refreshing with just a feint hint of the dark broth. The chashu was thin, and since it wasn't fully dunked into the broth, was able to retain its own spicy pepper seasoning. There was also a straw-like bamboo shoot, that had an almost citrus-pine taste to it.



Would I Go Again?


Should You Go?



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