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らーめん小僧 Ramen Kozo

  • Ramen (Chinese Noodles) Maze Soba
  • Kita (Osaka Station / Umeda) Area
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  • Price Rangelunch Average price 1,000JPY、dinner Average price 1,000JPY
  • ClosedSunday

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District
Kita (Osaka Station / Umeda) Area
Address
3-8-10 Fukushima, Fukushima-ku Osaka-shi, Osaka, 553-0003, Japan
Category
  • Ramen (Chinese Noodles)
  • Maze Soba
Opening Hours
[Mon-Fri]11:00-15:00, 18:00-22:30, [Sat, Public Holidays]11:00-15:00, 18:00-21:00
Closed
Sunday
Price Range
lunch Average price 1,000JPY、dinner Average price 1,000JPY
Tel.
+81-6-64533436
Date of post:2016/10/24

Pork broth as thick as molasses

Ramen fans come in all kind of shapes and sizes. For the fan who likes a simple, clean soup, Osaka offers all kinds of bowls. For those who like their ramen to be as thick and porky as possible, there is Kozo.

Kozo stands out among many shops in the ramen-crowded area of Fukushima. Tucked in an alleyway off of an alleyway, Kozo can be difficult to find, but it’s worth getting lost for. The restaurant is small but there is rarely a line, so as long as you can make it to the right area, you won’t have to wait long before the food lands in front of you.

When you visit Kozo, the dish you want to get is the Gokuno Tonkotsu Ramen, or ultra-thick pork bone ramen. The standard version is ¥750, and for an additional ¥150, you can get the kiwami or extreme version that comes with an additional two slices of chashu, an egg, and three slices of seaweed. If you visit on a Sunday, you can instead get tsukemen for ¥850, or the kiwami version for ¥1000. The last time I was there there was no English menu, but the staff were friendly and helpful with ordering.

When the bowl arrives, you may be taken aback for a moment. The soup is almost more of a solid than a liquid. It emanates pork, and there is a gelatinous resistance when trying to put a spoon in. Fortunately, though, it is surprisingly drinkable, and goes down smooth. The noodles pull out layers of soup and fat with them as they are extracted from the broth, making them well-coated with flavor. The chashu and egg are oases that provide a little bit of lightness to the bowl. This bowl is not for the weak of heart, but those who take the challenge will be glad they did.

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