Kamukura: The Sleeper Ramen

Every once in a while, you encounter a sleeper – someone/something that looks ordinary but is actually very extraordinary.  

I went to Osaka last week to buy some stuff and get a breather from school.  After a couple of hours running around, I was super hungry.  And no one likes to walk around hungry.

Ramen is always my go-to food and Ichiran is my go-to place in Osaka.  But the lines were just too long and I was too hungry.  Alas! I found Kamukura, a shoyu ramen specialist.  Funny thing: it was right in front of Ichiran!

Shoyu ramen is essentially ramen with a soy sauce base in the English language.  I’ve always preferred shoyu over shio (salt), but both them share a special place in my tummy’s heart.

First off, buy a meal ticket if you want to save time during lunch.  Just punch in 700 -800 Yen and select a teishoku (lunch set).  My hunger level was peaking so I opted for the largest set, which included rice and gyoza.  The other large set was with rice and fried chicken nuggets.

The ramen is unbelievably big!  It’s one of those rare moments when the food is as big as its plate.  I always hate eating small amounts of food in obnoxious and huge plates.  Your face can probably fit in the bowl.  There’s also a tremendous amount of roasted pork and cabbage in it (which I love).  Looking back, I didn’t even need the gyoza and rice.  Don’t let the size fool you.

This is some great tasting shoyu ramen and is quite different from what I have tasted before!

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