July 4, 2013

The best ramen in Osaka - Japan


We came back from Japan on Tuesday after spending four magical days in Osaka. I had been wanting to go back to Japan for a very long time, since my last time was in 2009! J and I planned this trip to be a culinary experience, meaning that all we wanted to do was non-stop eating so that we could try as much yummy food as possible. Japanese cuisine is my favorite in the world, so I did enjoy myself very much! If it were for me, I'd eat Japanese every single day, ramen, sushi, sashimi, Japanese bbq... you name it, I love everything! {Except maybe Shabu - Shabu, since I'm not a big fan of hot pot}

Anyway, all my dreams became true, and the three days we stayed there started great because... we had ramen for breakfast every day! Awesome!

Here are my reviews on the three ramen places we tried, including the best ramen in Osaka:

1. The best ramen in Osaka: 一蘭 Ichiran Ramen




This is the best ramen in Osaka and probably one of the best in all Japan, too! There's only one branch in Osaka, so expect to queue up whenever you go! The good news is the place is open 24 hours a day so you can try to go later at night or earlier in the morning to avoid lining up :)

The first thing you'll need to do when you get here is purchasing your ramen ticket at the vending machine. Most of the ramen places in Osaka function this way, at least the three I'm going to review today do. We bought a ticket for a normal ramen (¥790) and another one for a half-boiled egg (¥100), the typical ramen egg that deliciously melts in your mouth. Then you'll need to fill in a form (this only at Ichiban Ramen, not in the following two places I'll review below) to say how you'd like you ramen (strong or soft noodles, spicy or not, with/without onion, etc.). I'm not sure there's an English form for this so just copy mine if you can't read Japanese/Chinese :D Mine is all regular and non-spicy. For spicy, simply change to 2倍 as circled with photoshop :)




This ramen place is SO special, there's 20 seats in a row and all of them are individual! Luckily two contiguous seats freed so J and I could seat "together". This ramen was exceptional, my favorite one ever together with my Hong Kong's favorite: Green Butao ramen. The broth, the noodles... everything was unbeatable. I highly recommend this ramen and you should definitely try it when in Japan! 


Here you can see which seats are available




Now... I have AWESOME NEWS for you Hong Kongers! Look, look!!!!! Look at the picture below!




Yes, you got it! Ichiran ramen is coming to Hong Kong on July the 11th! Only a week to go! Get ready to queue BIG TIME because this one will cause a stir for sure!

Ichiran 一蘭 Hong Kong location will be:
440 Jaffe Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
香港銅鑼灣謝婓道440號地下

2. Kinryu Ramen 金龍ラーメン (Dragon ramen)



You'll easy identify a Kinryu Ramen branch thanks to the huge dragon on top. There's plenty of branches around the city and most are open 24 hours. Their ramen (¥600) is cheap and good, a must try when visiting Osaka! 


The ticket vending machine and J happy with his ramen

I love sitting like this, and my mom would never let me when I was a kid! I totally should have been born in Japan.


3. Shi-ten-noh - 四天王

J buying the tickets at the vending machine


This local Osaka ramen chain offers 3 different broths for their ramen: Soy Sauce, Salt, and Miso. Both J and I went for the miso one and I deeply regretted it. I didn't like the broth nor the  noodles. Apparently the one to go for is the salt broth, so if you go for it, let me know how it is! I woudn't recommend this ramen place at all though!







Have you been to Osaka and you think I missed out on some good ramen? Please leave a comment and let me know for my next visit :)






4 comments:

  1. That sounds so good!!! I love ramen but unfortunately I've never been to Japan :(
    Can't wait for that day to come though and have ramen for breakfast everyday too!

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  2. Love this! I visited Ichiran last year and couldn't remember the name to return on this trip, so thanks to your post, I'm able to find it again.

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