Monday, March 9, 2015

小僧 (Kozu in Osaka)

極濃拉麺 ラーメン小僧

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I mailed Shima-chan, a native Osakan, and immediately got a reply. Are you free now? I'll pick you up in 15 minutes. Sure I had just crushed an excellent bowl at Strike-ken, but who am I to decline ramen with a friend.

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Nice Maserati, bro!

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We rolled in to Kozu, a popular shop in the Fukushima area of town. One things that is neat about this shop, the two staff members are actually brother and sister.

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How cool is that!

The ramen was looking good. Both of them. The shop specializes is super-thick tonkotsu ramen. You can either go with the straight pork bowl, or a blend of the shop's pork broth and a lighter fish broth. The blend sounded like the one to go with.

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Wow. If this was the lighter one, then only serious fans of motor-oil-style should go for the thick version. We compared this to one of my favorite shops in the world, Muteppo, and the masters politely said that they have a lot of respect for that shop, but theirs is different.

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The menu has a few more things, like a tsukemen and a mazesoba, as well as some sold-out limited bowls. Seems like enough to make some return trips.

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Fair warning, this ramen is intense.

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Osaka keeps on serving up winners!

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Map of 大阪府大阪市福島区福島3丁目8番10号

大阪府大阪市福島区福島3丁目8番10号
Osaka-shi, Fukushima-ku, Fukushima 3-8-10
Closest station: Fukushima

Open 11:00-15:00, 18:00-23:00
Saturdays until 21:00
Closed Sundays

3 comments:

名無しの権兵衛 said...

こんにちは!私は東京に住んでるラーメンが好きな日本人です。
私は塩ラーメンの中で「進化」という店のラーメンが一番おいしいと思います。
進化は町田にあるラーメン屋で、食べログでも町田で一番評価が高いところです。
すごくオススメの店なのでBrianさんにレビューしてほしいです。

mikelee said...

Great post. How does one order if I don't speak or read Japanese?

Thanks!

Brian said...

Thanks for you comments! I'll visit 進化. You can more often than not just pick the upper left button for a great bowl!