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烈志笑魚油 麺香房 三く Menkobo Sanku

  • Ramen (Chinese Noodles) Tsukemen Maze Soba
  • Kita (Osaka Station / Umeda) Area
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  • Price Rangelunch Average price 1,000JPY、dinner Average price 1,000JPY
  • Closed2nd and 4th Sunday of Each Month

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Kita (Osaka Station / Umeda) Area
2-6-5 Fukushima, AK Palace 1st Floor, Fukushima-ku Osaka-shi, Osaka, 553-0003, Japan
  • Ramen (Chinese Noodles)
  • Tsukemen
  • Maze Soba
Opening Hours
[Mon-Sat]11:39-14:39, 18:39-23:39, [Sun,Public Holidays]11:39-14:39
2nd and 4th Sunday of Each Month
Price Range
lunch Average price 1,000JPY、dinner Average price 1,000JPY
Date of post:2016/10/24

Come for the ramen, stay for the dessert

One of my favorite districts in Osaka is Fukushima. Compared to the major city centers of Umeda and Namba it is low key, but it hides some of the best bars and restaurants in the city. Indeed, Fukushima is a wonderland for ramen fans, too.

Resshishoyu Menkobo Sanku, usually referred to as just Sanku, is one of the area’s worst kept secrets. It is a ramen shop specializing in seafood ramen and tsukemen. The name Sanku is a homonym for the number 39 in Japanese, and they use it as a theme for the restaurant. The shop opens and closes on the ‘39s instead of on the ‘0s. If you’re lucky enough to be in the shop when the clock strikes ‘39, you will be informed that it’s Sanku time, and will be awarded with a free small dessert, with no explanation whatsoever.

Sanku is not the most English-friendly restaurant, nor is it the easiest to get into. There are other ramen shops hidden in alleyways in Fukushima that you can slip into, but Sanku guarantees a line. There are only a handful of seats at a counter, so don’t go unless you have at least an hour of waiting time on your hands.

The standard dish is the Kake ramen, a shoyu dish with a healthy mixture of fish powder for ¥800. You can’t go wrong with the whole wheat tsukemen, either, though, for ¥830.

Ordering any menu item nets you a free appetizer. On my first visit I got a small piece of tofu in soy sauce, and the second time a bit of potato with a sweet syrupy glaze. The ramen is a thin clear-brown broth soup that has a bit of texture to it due to all the fish powder that composes it. It is filled with curly noodles full of bounce, perfect to take in the bits of fish. On top of that is a whole fish, completing the fish theme, and a couple of tender pieces of chashu to add a bit of oomph to the bowl.

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