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らーめんstyle JUNK STORY Ramen Junk Story

  • Ramen (Chinese Noodles) Maze Soba
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  • Price Rangelunch Average price 1,000JPY、dinner Average price 1,000JPY
  • ClosedOpen every day

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1-2-11 Kozu, Chuo-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka 542-0072, Japan
  • Ramen (Chinese Noodles)
  • Maze Soba
Opening Hours
[Mon-Fri]11:00-14:30, 18:00-22:30, [Sat,Sun,Public Holidays]11:00-22:30
Open every day
Price Range
lunch Average price 1,000JPY、dinner Average price 1,000JPY
Date of post:2016/10/24

Crystalline Ramen and Delicate Chicken

Junk Story is a key member of Osaka’s ramen scene. It opened in 2010 and has gained popularity steadily since. It makes regular appearances at festivals, and in the past couple years it even expanded to a couple of sister shops, Men to Kokoro 7 in Abeno and Hirudora in Nipponbashi.

The original is still the shop to beat, though, which means that you should not be surprised to find a line out the door. There are no tables, and the counter sits fewer than ten, so don’t expect to get in all at the same time if you’re with a group.

Junk Story offers tsukemen, soupless mazesoba, and an extra-thick shoyu ramen, but the dish to get is the shio ramen. It comes in kirameki, or “glimmering”, form for ¥926 or the tokimeki, or “palpitating”, extra topping version for ¥1183.

On my trip to Junk Story, I went with the kirameki, with a topping of rare chashu, uncooked(!) pork for an additional ¥258. The broth itself was a light shio, clear with a view of the myriad goodies floating inside and flat, easy to slurp noodles. But the toppings hold their weight and more. The lightly seared chicken tataki is another Junk Story specialty. It was just lightly yuzu pepper flavored, with a perfect amount of resistance that you only get from that kind of lightly cooked chicken.

The rare chashu was extremely strange for someone like myself who has grown up being told not to eat raw meat. It was packed with flavor, and uncooked it was lacking the grease that normally comes with stewed or grilled pork. Combine all that with some strong menma bamboo and a creamy egg and I left pretty happy.

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