Wednesday, November 28, 2018


Monjiro is one of the first shops I ever visited after starting this blog. While I've discovered so much ramen since then, when I heard there was a branch opening in Shinsaibashi, I knew I had to check it out. I went for the spicy tsukemen, as always.


The Bowl
And the only thing I was surprised about was how closely resembled the bowl I had had years earlier. The soup was a bit on thin side, with a light seafood flavor and slow-building spice. The thick, rope-like noodles were a pleasure, and the soup hid some flavorful chunks of chashu.


Would I Go Again?
As before, this is a solid bowl, but there's a lot to compete with in Shinsaibashi.


Should You Go?
You can't go wrong with Monjiro, but there is some tough competition in the tsukemen space.


つけ麺 紋次郎

Sunday, November 4, 2018


A while back I visited Bokkoshi when it opened in Namba, a delicious almost pasta-like chicken shop. The original shop it's based on, though, is Bakkoshi, a tonkotsu shop in Juso.


The Bowl
The first experience I had in tasting the bowl was the milkiness of the white broth, along with the thin oil coating it. The flavoring itself was standard tonkotsu, and inside were Hakata-style thin, al dente noodles. The chashu was salty and strong; good in small quantity but I would have had trouble with any more. Overall this was a creamy take on run-of-the-mill tonkotsu.


Would I Go Again?
It wasn't bad, but I'm not about to make a trip to Juso for it.


Should You Go?
I would aim for Bokkoshi or newer shop Bukkoshi before trekking out to Bakkoshi.


Bukkoshi, Bakkoshi, Bokkoshi