Thursday, Satoshi had the day off and we went to pick up my foreigner visa.
Afterwards, we went to check out Dotombori Kamukura.
Apparently this ramen shop has been around since the late 80's and Satoshi has eaten at the shop in Namba.
A new shop recently opened in Lucua and we stood in line for lunch.
The line moved quite quickly, and while you wait in line, they take your order.
When you get inside, you pay for your meal and then wait for a seat to open up.
After being seated, it takes some time for your meal to come out because the noodles are being cooked right before you sit down.
Satoshi ordered the gyoza set...850 yen with a soft cooked egg (plus 100 yen)...total about US$9.50...this set also comes with a musubi with your choice of "innards", he chose konbu (kelp).
I ordered the original which is called "oishii ramen" (delicious ramen) 600 yen and added a topping of kim chee 100 yen (total of about US$7).
The broth...OM! is so rich and delicious. I think it was chicken based and kind of smoky.
The char siu...wow, thinly sliced and lots of flavor...this was shoyu based and roasted.
Their kim chee is delicious too, spicy and a nice crunch.
Also, there is a lot of hakusai (chinese cabbage).
The gyoza filling seemed like it was chicken too with a little shiso inside...yum! You can choose between original sauce and garlic flavored sauce, we tried the original to dip the gyoza in.
Very very good ramen, and now I understand why the lines were insanely long.
It isn't a place to have a leisurely lunch, but for really good ramen, it is the place to try.