Sunday, December 20, 2009


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
Umeda, Osaka
Phone: 06.6345.1201 (main store line)


Rowena said...

I'm in the middle of making manapua right now! Sketchy road conditions is forcing us to stay home (for the moment), so I'm going into overtime in the kitchen. Can't stand not doing anything!

Unknown said...

Looks good. Kelli just suggested yesterday that we go eat some dim sum... Perhaps we'll go tomorrow!

K and S said...

Rowena, Sending some of the sunshine we have here, I saw 3 flurries, 3! Was hoping to wake up to a little white :(

Enjoy Rick, glad you are able to eat whatever you want to.

Take care you two.

Kathy YL Chan said...

Oh man, when I saw the char siu bao, I was like Kat are you in Hawai'i?! I hope one day we're both back home at the same time so we can meet up! :)

K and S said...

I think we would have some awesome foodie adventures together Kathy :)

Take care.

Deb in Hawaii said...

Looks like a delicious lunch!

K and S said...

Thanks Debinhawaii, it was :)

Take care.

KirkK said...

Hey Kat - I love crispy, pan fried, or cake noodle, or whatever it's called. Though cake noodle is a bit different from the Cantonese crispy noodle we have around here.

K and S said...

I like the crispy but chewiness of the noodle Kirk, I wonder what kind of cantonese crispy noodle you have there!

Take care.