5 Popular Lightly Flavored Ramen Restaurants in Osaka and Umeda Stations
The area surrounding Osaka Station and Umeda Station is one of the fiercest battlegrounds of ramen in the Kansai region. It is dotted with many shops that take pride in their ramen concoctions, from the rich to the light. Here are five famous ramen shops in the area that serve simple and light ramen dishes.
1. Kamukura Hankyu Sanbangai Shop
Kamukura is a shop that is famous for its healthy ramen with a mild flavor that you surely won’t get tired of. Its main specialty is the Oishii Ramen (Delicious Ramen) (630 JPY (incl. tax)), a totally original ramen that took the founder of this shop, who studied in France, a year and a half to complete. The closely guarded secret soup offers the kind of flavor that everybody would love, irrespective of age or sex. The sweetness and richness of large amounts of Chinese cabbage and pork back ribs are drawn out using French techniques to create a light but flavorful soup. It is also boasts of being high in nutritional value and having low calories. Kamukura is a minute’s walk away from Umeda Station on the Hankyu Line and a 3-minute walk from Umeda Station on the subway’s Midosuji Line or JR Osaka Station.
2. Yosuko Ramen Main Branch
Opened in 1964, Yosuko Ramen is a shop that is dedicated to shio (salt) ramen. It is a well-established ramen restaurant that has preserved its original taste all these years. The Wantanmen (Wonton Noodles) (630 JPY), its popular dish, is characterized by its unbelievably clear soup. The appearance of the soup can be deceiving, though, because it actually has a rich taste. This shop’s most simple dish, the Ramen (580 JPY) is also great value for your money. It is made with roast pork, potherb mustard, bean sprouts and chopped green onions. The salty flavor of its soup goes really well with the extra-thin noodles. Aside from the above, this shop also offers a lot of other ramen dishes that you won’t find anywhere else, including the Cabbage Ramen and the Sui-gyoza Ramen (Steamed Dumpling Ramen). Yosuko Ramen is a 6-minute walk from Umeda Station on the subway’s Midosuji Line and a 5-minute walk from Nakazakicho Station on the Tanimachi Line of the Osaka Municipal Subway.
3. Menya Rokusanroku Osaka Main Branch
This shop takes pride in its ramen and tsukemen (noodles eaten with dipping broth) that do not make compromises. The main appeal of their ramen and tsukemen is their specialty soup that takes three times the time to make compared to soups made through the usual process. To make this soup, pork bones have to be stewed in a broth of boiled and dried sardines and kombu (kelp), the resulting soup is blended with chicken soup and vegetables are added into the mix, and then the soup is cooked until it becomes thick. The soup is virtually free from back fat and fish oil, so it has a refreshing taste that is easy on your stomach. You have to try this shop’s specialty dishes, including the Rokusanroku Ramen (720 JPY (incl. tax)) and the Tokusei Tsukemen (Special Tsukemen) (910 JPY (incl. tax)). Rokusanroku is just three minutes away from Umeda Station by foot.
4. Niboshi Ramen Tamagoro Umeda Daisan Building Branch
Niboshi Ramen Tamagoro is a shop that is enveloped in a relaxed atmosphere with jazz playing in the background. Here, you will be treated to a ramen with soup that may be rich but light, and is filled with the smell of boiled and dried sardines. The W soup that combines seafood broth with the pork bone soup that was carefully stewed is a perfect match to the hard, medium-thick noodles. Aside from the Niboshi Ramen (730 JPY), the homemade Sui-gyoza (price starts at 190 JPY (incl. tax) for three pieces) that is individually wrapped at the shop is also recommended here. It is a specialty dish that packs the delicious flavors of the ingredients inside a doughy wrapping. Niboshi Ramen Tamagoro is just a 5-minute walk from Umeda Station on the subway’s Midosuji Line and a 3-minute walk from Kitashinchi Station on the JR Tozai Line.
5. Menya Roran
Menya Roran is a famous ramen shop that always has a line of customers outside its doors. The Karamiso Ramen (Spicy Miso Ramen) (700 JPY) blends the flavors of three kinds of miso with chicken and pork bone soup. The refined flavors of the soup are an exquisite match to the taste of miso. Further, the ramen is accented by meat miso and Korean red peppers. Meanwhile, the Yuzushio Ramen (Japanese Lemon and Salt Ramen) (750 JPY) with a milder taste has spinach and yuba (tofu skin) in it. It is a recommended dish with an addicting refreshing aroma of yuzu (Japanese lemon or citrus). This shop is a 4-minute walk from Kitashinchi Station on the JR Tozai Line and a 7-minute walk from JR Osaka Station.
Did you find a shop that you’d want to check out? This list contains only the popular ramen shops in the area. So, if you find yourself craving for ramen in Osaka, then please visit one of these shops!
*Please note that the information in this article is from the time of writing or publication and may differ from the latest information.
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