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坦々つけ麺 ごまゴマ Tantan Tsukemen Goma Goma

  • Tsukemen
  • Kita (Osaka Station / Umeda) Area
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  • Price Rangelunch Average price 1,000JPY、dinner Average price 1,000JPY
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District
Kita (Osaka Station / Umeda) Area
Address
2-4-5 Toyosaki, Kita-ku Osaka-shi, Osaka, 531-0072, Japan
Category
  • Tsukemen
Opening Hours
11:30-15:00(Last order at 14:45, 17:00-22:00(Last order at 21:45)
Closed
Irregularly
Price Range
lunch Average price 1,000JPY、dinner Average price 1,000JPY
Tel.
+81-6-63746040
Date of post:2016/10/24

Sesame and Spice

Spicy food is something that can’t be found in most places in Japan. Japanese people don’t seem to have much taste for it, except for the occasional dose of wasabi with some sashimi. Goma Goma challenges that idea and pulls the spice lever to the max.

Goma Goma serves tantan tsukemen, a spicy sesame-filled version of ramen based on Chinese dandan noodles, with one catch: the noodles and broth are separated, and each noodle is dipped into the broth just before it’s consumed. Goma means sesame, so they serve versions of their main dish based on white and black sesame, and each can be ordered at spice levels one to ten. I wouldn’t recommend anything about level five, which is already quite spicy, for anyone who doesn’t like to sweat a little bit. The white sesame is a bit mild, whereas the black sesame comes out with a stronger taste, but both are great. They cost somewhere from ¥780-¥950, depending on the level of spice.

Prior to receiving your noodles, you get a grinder and bowl to mash some sesame seeds. And a glass of sesame tea. Let the seeds flow into the bowl of hot, spicy broth when it comes and you can smell the sesame aromas in the air. There’s detailed instructions on the order to eat the tsukemen on the counter, but if you can’t read Japanese, don’t worry about it. Put the crispy rice okoge in first, and slurp in some of the fat, chewy noodles first. In time the rice melts into the broth, and becomes a sesame, spicy sponge. If you can still take the heat after all the rice, noodles, and other toppings, you can get a free dose of special sesame tea to heat up and dilute the soup enough to make it drinkable.

Goma Goma must be one of the smallest shops in Osaka, with only five or six counter seats. They often run out of soup by the evening, so it’s best to come alone or with a friend during lunch. Expect a wait, but most days it won’t be more than half an hour.

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