Mengenso – an exquisite bowl showing the owner’s careful preparation
Mengenso, which is located near Tenjimbashisuji Shotengai (Tenjimbashisuji Shopping Street) in Temma, is a popular ramen shop. Its catchphrase is “homemade noodles”, “a refreshing soup”, and “100% natural materials”. As it suggests, the selected and mature homemade noodles are made from some kinds of wheat. The soup, which has got a hint from Samgyetang, chicken ginseng soup (Korean dish), contains Korean ginseng. Then the bowl finishes with natural matearials the owner selected.
I ordered “Nakanaka (720yen)”, which is said to be most repeatedly ordered.
Its soup is creamy Toripaitan (chicken-based soup) in harmony with dried seafood flavors. When I tasted the soup, a mild taste spread in the whole mouth. The thin and straight noodles were silky and chewy. They were perfectly matched with the soup.
The bowl was flavored by welsh onions and capsicum, the roasted pork fillets were thick and tender, and the soft-boiled eggs tasted oozy and good as expected. I finished eating the whole bowl very fast. Certainly I was convinced that the menu has the highest repeat rate.
I’ll order another ramen next time. Writing this report and looking forward to visiting again, I’ve begun to feel really hungry.By the way, I also introduce Tenjimbashisuji Shotengai (Tenjimbashisuji Shopping Street), right next to Mengenso. The shopping street is famous as the longest street in Japan. The length is 2.6 kilometers (1.6 miles) from north to south.
The street is endlessly lined with as many as 600 stores side by side. For example, there are stores such as supermarkets, clothing stores, butcher’s shops, Kushikatsu (cutlet on a stick) shops, Takoyaki (fried octopus dumplings) shops, and Okonomiyaki (Japanese hot plate pizza) shops along the street from Temma Station to Tenroku Station. All of them attract visitors and the items are surprisingly cheap. Unlike Tokyo and Kyoto, this is the best place to enjoy Osaka’s common foods. (Translated by Daisuke Miyatori)
Nakanaka(中々) ¥720, Uogenso noukou shoyu（魚元素濃厚しょう油）¥740, Tsukemen uokei shoyu(つけ麺魚系しょう油)¥800 etc.
5-2-16, Tenjimbashi, Kita-ku, Osaka
- Nearest Station
Tenjimbashisuji 6-chome, Temma
- Opening Hours
11:00-14:30, 18:00-22:30(Mon-Sat), 11:00-16:00, 17:30-20:00(Sun and National Holidays)