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A Restaurant in Osaka Serving Superb Shrimp Wonton: Ramen Kobo Mensaku

Writer : takoyakikun

Since it opened in March of 2017, Ramen Kobo Mensaku has enjoyed a good reputation as a cheap and tasty place, so I went to check it out. It is located about 1 minute on foot from Kishinosato Station on the Yotsubashi Subway Line.

Ramen Kobo Mensaku’s exterior
Ramen Kobo Mensaku’s exterior

The interior featured an L-shaped counter. Like the exterior, it was decorated in a basic white, built to look like a high-class restaurant. There were no steps at the entrance or the restroom, so it looks like there would be no problem for wheelchair users.

Menu

Ramen starts from ¥750
Ramen starts from ¥750
Drinks include beer, cola and orange juice
Drinks include beer, cola and orange juice
An explanation of the soup
An explanation of the soup

Shio soba (salty buckwheat noodles) and Shoyu soba (soy-sauce-flavored buckwheat noodles) are served in a light base made with kelp and bonito. The soup is then simmered in a rich chicken broth.

For my first order, I went with the Shio soba. I like wontons, so I ordered the handmade shrimp wontons as a topping.

Shio soba

Shio soba ¥750 & Handmade shrimp wontons ¥150
Shio soba ¥750 & Handmade shrimp wontons ¥150

Made with kelp and bonito, the soup boasted a sublime saltiness. The umami (depth) and flavor of the chicken oil lent it a refined taste.

The transparent soup
The transparent soup

Once I took a sip, the soup was so good that I wanted to drink it up right away! Black pepper offered a nice touch, too.

The noodles were straight and flat.
The noodles were straight and flat.

The noodles had a firm and chewy texture, but they slipped off the chopsticks, so they were a bit difficult to eat.

Seaweed
Seaweed

When eaten with seaweed, the flavor expanded, making it even more delicious!

3 wontons were on top.
3 wontons were on top.

Having absorbed a lot of soup, the wonton skin was wobbling. The shrimp inside was bouncing with juiciness, too. Eating such a tasty wonton was a moment of supreme bliss!

The large, flame-broiled Char sui
The large, flame-broiled Char sui

Made from pork belly, the flame-broiled Char sui had been cooked to the crumbling point, so when I picked it up with my chopsticks, it fell apart right away.
This meat was thick and chewy, and the broiling lent it flavor.

The Menma (bamboo shoots) were big and thick.
The Menma (bamboo shoots) were big and thick.

I hate to say it, but clean-up was rather slow, leaving a slightly negative impression. However, the quality of the ramen was quite high.

Basic information on Ramen Kobo Mensaku

OPEN
Address
2-3-3 Kishinosato, Nishinari-ku, Osaka City, Osaka[MAP]
Tel
06-6657-1468
Business Hours
11:00am-3:00pm(L.O.2:45), 5:00pm-10:00pm(L.O.9:45)
Closed
Every Sunday