Thursday, July 28, 2016

Tomato no Sato Shinanoji

I had been intending on getting a burger as a way of celebrating July 4th, but instead I found myself at a ramen shop in Awaza. Tomato no Sato Shinanoji is an unusual place; tomato ramen is their specialty. I ordered mine with a couple pieces of barbecue pork and a dollop of rice to clean up the soup at the end.


The Bowl
Despite being noodles with tomato soup, this bowl was fairly different from pasta. The broth was an oily, light soup that tasted like a low-spice version of ra-yu with a simple tomato glaze. The noodles were long and firm, and were accompanied by lots of celery and a few small slices of pork. The barbecue pork was worth the extra money: the slices were tough but thick and juicy in a way that blended with the oil of the bowl.


Would I Go Again?
It's not first on my list, but I would go again.


Should You Go?


とまとの里 信濃路

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Noodle-ya ME-CHA-KU-CHA

Noodle-ya ME-CHA-KU-CHA is a shop in a prime location in Horie, but for some reason I have overlooked it for a long time. Recently reminded of it by a friend of mine, I took a short walk to see what they had. The recommended dish was the sudachi shoyu ramen.

「ヌードルヤ ME-CHA-KU-CHA」という店は便利な堀江にありますけど、ずっと見逃しました。最近友達にお勧めしてもらって、散歩がてら行ってみました。店員さんからのおすすめはすだち醤油でした。

The Bowl
The sudachi ramen was filled with flat noodles that slid easily out of the broth, and matched the interesting soup. It was a light and thin shoyu, but filled with the essence of shoyu. It was not gratuitous, and really made the bowl stand out. But that was far from the only topping, and mixing in the red and green onions in gave the the bowl different characteristics. The chashu and egg both had perfect soft textures, but were thin on flavor.


Would I Go Again?
Yeah, it was refreshing and in a good location.


Should You Go?



Tuesday, July 19, 2016


Japan is one of the biggest places for baseball in the world, and the most famous stadium in Japan is Koshien. Koshien is used for the two major high school tournaments that happen during the year, and otherwise it's used by the Hanshin Tigers. Due to my time in Tokyo, though, I'm a Tokyo Yakult Swallows fan.


When the Swallows score, they hold tiny umbrellas up in celebration

The concessions at Japanese stadiums aren't too bad. They have a variety of food, only a little more expensive than you'd found outside. At Koshien, they have different items based on each player on the team.


Feeling like some noodles, I ordered Uemoto's soupless tantanmen.


The Bowl
It was a hot day and the stadium was pretty packed with people, so I went with the cold version to cool me down. The noodles themselves were nice and chewy, but overall the mixture was lacking on flavor. If I had gone to a shop for this I may have been disappointed, but frankly a light mixture of cold, spicy, carbohydrates was just what the doctor ordered at this game.


Seventh inning jet ballons!


Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Menya Kuroko

Tenroku is home to a large number of restaurants, ramen shops and non-ramen shops alike. Menya Kuroko is a shop just north of the main arcade, specializing in tonkotsu shoyu, a blend not found too often in Osaka. Their main dish is the Kuroko Ramen, a tonkotsu shoyu with garlicky ma-yu.


The Bowl
As they delivered the bowl to me, I could smell the charred soy sauce and garlic coming. The broth was a bit salty, but the ma-yu was mixed in well, making it feel like a vital component to the soup's charred edges, as opposed to a topping as it often seems like. The noodles were thicker than you'd expect, but as in Takaida-kei ramen, they did their job sucking in the sodium around them. There was a single wide slice of pork that tasted like a sweet piece of bacon.


Would I Go Again?
It was pretty solid, but I have so many other places to visit in Tenroku I'm not sure I'll make it back.


Should You Go?
I recommend this place for anyone who loves that charred garlic flavor.


麺屋 黒琥 -KUROKO-

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Hakata Shinpu Ramen Shokudo

In the basement of Lucua in Osaka Station, a new set of trendy restaurants opened. A Mexican place, and a French place, among them, and of course, a ramen shop: Hakata Shinpu Ramen Shokudo. Ramen Shokudo is a standard-ish Hakata tonkotsu chain that offered black and white versions of their tonkotsu. I decided to try the black.


The Bowl
Ramen Shokudo brought forth a serviceable tonkotsu. It was oily and fatty in the way a tonkotsu is supposed to be, but not in a way that would elevate it above any other chain. The roasted garlic ma-yu oil was a nice topper, and the noodles were hard just as I ordered them. This was a bowl that did not disappoint me, but I did not go in with super high expectations.


Would I Go Again?
It was fine, but, nah.


Should You Go?
It's not mandatory.


博多新風 ラーメン食堂

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Niku Dog

The man behind Fusuma ni Kakero got some space right next to his main shop in Nakazakicho, so he opened new shop. But it wasn't a second shop, but shop #1.8, where they serve take out pork chashu wrapped in lettuce and rice paper: Niku Dog. There were the standard niku dog, one with avocado, or "LA style", an Italian one with cheese, a Korean spicy one, and a Japanese-style dog with ume. I went for a standard one and a spicy one.

麸にかけろを作った人が他の近くにある場所を買って、新しい店を開きました。でも、2号店じゃなくて、1.8号店です。レタスとライスペーパーに巻き込まれたチャーシューという肉dogを提供しています。定番、「LA Style」アボカド入り、イタリア式チーズ入り、韓国風ピリ辛、和風梅入りのから選べました。定番とピリ辛を買いました。

Opening congratulations from Baka Yaro, Bakabo, Strike-ken, and Buta Kong

The Meat
It was pretty straightforward. Some fatty chashu, surrounded by rice, lettuce, and a simple sauce. It's not the highest level gourmet food, but it's a tasty snack. I appreciated the spicy one; the hot red lubrication added some punch.


Would I Go Again?
Yeah, I'd grab one passing by.


Should You Go?
Sure, stop by for a snack.