Tsukemen Ide – enjoy “noko doro tsukemen”, reputed at Kitahama, Osaka
“Tsukemen Ide” is located in the Kitahama business district to the east of Yodoyabashi, Osaka. At lunch time, a lot of businessmen with sophisticated palates line up. Recommended is a lunch-limited menu, “noko doro tsukemen”.
Osaka was once called “tenkanodaidokoro” or “shoto (a commercial city)” and vibrant with life from the Edo period (1603~1868) to the Meiji and Taisho period (1868~1926). Kitahama, which is in the center of Osaka, was flourishing as a financial district where they did quotation dealings of rice, gold and silver or exchanged securities. There are traditional wooden trading houses (Machiya) and trading ones built of brick or stone scattered around. Many tourists visit Kitahama to see such buildings. Kitahama is a business district with history and majesty which played a role in developing the modern city, Osaka.
It was in 2011 that a reputed ramen shop opened at Kitahama. Its name is “Tsukemen Ide”. The owner is said to have practiced at “Menya Teru”, which is a famous tsukemen shop at Umeda (Nakatsu), Osaka. By the way, “Menya Teru” is a popular shop which has a branch in Taipei.
That aside, let’s get down to work. “Tsukemen Ide” is near Hiranomachi 1 chome intersection on the Sakaisuji street. The shop has three counter seats and three tables with four chairs. It is not so spacious, so a long line is soon formed at lunch time. You can order “tsukemen (800yen)”, “curry tsukemen (900yen)”, and lunch-limited “noko doro tsukemen (900yen)” – the picture below is the standing signboard. Besides them, you can order ordinary ramen (700yen) in the evening. The good news is that you can eat a larger serving at the same price as a normal one. I ordered a larger size of “noko doro tsukemen (900yen)”.
After a five-minute wait, the soup (the picture below) was served. A bulletin object inside the shop says that they make the soup by simmering pork bone and some kinds of vegetables for long hours and adding some kinds of dried seafood flavors. It also says that they use no chemical additives. When I tasted the soup, I found that as its name “noko (thick)” suggested, it was very thick, rich and tasty. It matched with a Japanese citron with pleasant acidity and welsh onions in well balance. The soup made me feel that I wanted to dip the noodles and eat them as soon as possible.
The noodles are homemade. According to another bulletin object, they add two kinds of whole flour into base flour, wait for the flour to mature enough, and bring out its flavor. They make the noodles by using only domestic flour, brine and bittern salt instead of starchy materials or liaisons. You can enjoy fragment, chewy and elastic noodles inherent in flour. I’m sure that the shop is particular about the noodles. The thick and curly noodles are glossy and chewy. When you bite them, you can feel the noodles are as firm as Sanuki Udon or firmer than that. Moreover, as you can see from the gray appearance, the more you bite, the richer flavor of flour you can feel. They are something like Udon or Soba. They are really more than ramen noodles.
There are bottles of a squeeze of a Japanese citron, Japanese citron peppers and red peppers on the table, so you can enjoy various tastes as you like.
The picture below is the soup of an ordinary tsukemen I ordered on another day.
You can savor and eat up the remaining soup because it becomes mild when it is added Japanese soup stock in a pot to. I’m curious about “hogushi butadon” as a side dish and evening-limited ramen, but I’ll eat them next time.
Finally, I’ll introduce you some recommended historical buildings at Kitahama. How about taking a walk around if you feel like it after eating ramen?
The first is “Ikoma Building”, which was a watch shop built in 1930. It is near “Tsukemen Ide”.
The picture below is “Kyu Konishike Jyutaku”, which is a wonderful townhouse architecture. It was built in 1903.
The picture below is “Arai building”, built in 1922. It is now tenanted by “Gokan”, a popular confectioner’s shop around Kitahama. How about dessert after ramen?
The picture below is “Osakashi Chuo Kokaido”, which was constructed in 1918 thanks to donations by Iwamoto Einosuke, a stock broker in Osaka. It is still used by the citizens of Osaka as a place for cultural and artistic exchange. (Translated by Daisuke Miyatori)
Tsukemen ¥800, Noko doro tsukemen ¥900, Curry tsukemen（With small rice） ¥900
* Regular size (Namimori:並盛り) and Large size(Omori:大盛り) are all of a price.
* Large size(Tokumori:特盛り) ¥1,100
Ramen ¥700, Ajitama ramen(Soft-boiled egg ramen) ¥800, Chashu-men(Braised pork ramen) ¥900, Ajitama chashu-men(Soft-boiled egg and braised pork ramen) ¥1000, Kaedama(Extra noodle) ¥100
*Ramen is night limited menu
1-8-5, Hiranomachi, Chuo-ku, Osaka
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