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Introducing Men Monogatari Tsunagu, a Prize-Winning Ultimate Ramen Shop

Writer : takoyakikun

Men Monogatari Tsunagu is a ramen shop that opened in 2017 in Osaka. It has attracted attention by winning the "Semi-Grand Prix" prize in 2018 New Restaurant Division of the Ultimate Ramen Contest held by the "Pia MOOK Kansai" magazine.

Men Monogatari Tsunagu’s exterior
Men Monogatari Tsunagu’s exterior

It's located by the entrance to the Kagaya shopping district arcade. As soon as they open, the shop is full. That shows how popular this place is!

Meal ticket machine
Meal ticket machine

First, buy a meal ticket from the vending machine.

The Menu
The Menu

With photos, the menu is easy to understand.
Four types of ramen are offered, including Shoyu (soy-sauce base), Shio (salt base) and Tsukemen (dipping noodles) in both flavors.
The Shio Tsukemen noodles are prepared with a foamy espuma broth.

The Menu
The Menu

They offer a variety of small rice dishes. One of them is Nama Shirasu, a rice bowl made with fresh baby sardines from Shizuoka Prefecture, a rarity in Osaka.

Notices on the wall mention the hours they're open
Notices on the wall mention the hours they're open

A sign on the wall says, "The soup is carefully heated, so it may take time to serve you".

There are 9 counter seats in this clean and tidy shop.

Ashita-no-Shio Ramen ¥750
Ashita-no-Shio Ramen ¥750

In this Shio (salty) ramen dish, the noodles and toppings are served separately. The presentation is beautiful, too!

The clear soup
The clear soup

First, taste the soup.
The stock, made of chicken and niboshi (dried baby sardines) is effective. It's quite good!

The thin, straight noodles made with whole wheat flour
The thin, straight noodles made with whole wheat flour

The noodles, made with whole wheat flour, are thin and straight.
Tasting faintly of wheat, with their supple body, these noodles go down smoothly!

The toppings
The toppings

Two types of char sui are served: Italian pork and chicken breast.
A decorative slice of kamaboko fish cake is added to menma (a Japanese condiment made from fermented, boiled bamboo shoots) and mizuna (Japanese mustard greens).
I am told to quickly dip the char sui in the soup, then eat it.

I put the toppings on the noodles.
I put the toppings on the noodles.

Spread out the char sui meat and see how big it is!
The pork char sui melts in your mouth. The chicken char sui is quite spicy and tender.
Both are excellent!

Mizuna (Japanese mustard greens)
Mizuna (Japanese mustard greens)

The Mizuna (Japanese mustard greens) are refreshing and delicious.

This ramen is prepared very carefully. From the soup to the noodles and toppings, everything is superb! Their hospitality has also attracted many fans.
Next time, I want to try the Shio Tsukemen noodles and Nama-Shirasu rice bowl!

Basic Information about Men Monogatari Tsunagu

OPEN
Address
2-1-15 Nakakagaya, Suminoe-ku, Osaka City, Osaka[MAP]
Access
5 minutes on foot from Kita-Kagaya Station on the Yotsubashi Subway Line
Tel
06-6684-0001
Business Hours
11:30 am - 2:00 pm, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Closed
Wednesdays and Tuesday evenings