Thursday, June 2, 2016

Ramen Bakajikara

I don't make it to ramen shops outside of Osaka city as much as I'd like. That's why I'm happy when any shop decides to bring their business closer to me. Ramen Bakajikara is a rare miso shop, and just recently they decided to move from the suburbs of Sakai right into downtown Namba. Bakajikara specializes in spicy ramen, and whenever I'm at a shop like this I get confused on where on the spicy spectrum I should order. For their numbing spicy kurenai miso ramen they offered levels from one to three, so I played the middle and ordered level two.


The Bowl
This was an intense, flavor-packed miso, loaded with spices and crushed pepper. From the moment my lips touched the soup I could feel the numbing peppers begin their slow course of removing feeling from my mouth. The noodles did not hold back; they were medium-thin but chewy in a similar way to tantanmen noodles, and they brought the spice with them. Otherwise to cut the heat there were a smorgasbord of veggies: bok choy, carrots, kikurage, onions, and more. Really, though, they were all just vehicles for slow demise of my taste buds.


Would I Go Again?


Should You Go?



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