Hokkyokusei means Nort Star or Pole Star in Japanese.
In Osaka, it means a place to get delicious omurice.
Omurice is a fried rice enveloped in a fluffy omlette. (omu meaning omlette and rice meaning the fried rice).
The fried rice is usually flavored with ketchup and has some chicken in it. Some places call it chicken rice or ketchup rice.
After the fried rice is enveloped in the fluffy omlette, it is usually topped with some ketchup.
Most places put way too much ketchup, but Hokkyokusei stands above the rest.
For one thing, they make their own ketchup from scratch.
A tomato sauce with slices of carrots, celery flavored with a little worchestershire sauce, maybe even mixing in some demi-glace sauce.
Their fried rice isn't seasoned with ketchup, it is a traditional tasting fried rice.
I ordered the chicken omurice and Satoshi the kinoko (mushroom) omurice...both 690 yen each (about US$6.90).
The omlette is thin and still fluffy...a good balance. Some places have more egg than rice.
The food comes out rather quickly too, so their turnover is quite swift.
You may feel pressured to eat quickly because the line for seats is right behind the counter, and you will feel the eyes...but just take your time and savor your food.
It was our first time eating here, but I can see why their omurice has been popular for over 80 years...it's that good, we'll be back!
p.s. It's Friday here, hope you have a nice weekend!