Yesterday, Satoshi had his German language class in the afternoon. After his class, he planned to meet his classmate for dinner.
So, we had lunch together before his class at Ou-Lou, a Cantonese restaurant in the Hanshin Department Store.
We've eaten here several times, and their food is always good.
I wanted noodles and their char siu bao.
Satoshi wanted some fried rice.
As we looked over the menu, we also looked over at the next table.
And ended up ordering this...a crispy noodle topped with mabo eggplant (what the table next to us had). I really love crispy noodle (in Hawaii we call it cake noodle).
In some places of Japan, it is called "sara udon" (literally plate noodle). I'm really glad we ordered it, it was spicy and crunchy...1050 yen (about US$10.50).
These steamed char siu bao, are called char siu manju in Japan...I love how "fluffy" the outsides are, and how sweet the char siu is inside....525 yen (about US$5.25) for two. Very different from the nikuman (meat buns) that you find at the convenience stores.
The fried rice was tasty, with lots of plump shrimp and bits of sweet char siu...945 yen (about US$9.45).
We shared everything and also had lots of oolong tea. It was just the right amount of food for me. (Hope it was for Satoshi.)
We apparently had our lunch at the perfect time, as we left, the line for a table was out the door.
Hanshin Department Store 10F
Phone: 06.6345.1201 (main store line)