You Have to Try These Spicy Noodles in Japan
Are you up for the challenge?
If you want to try a different kind of ramen, try Japan’s dandan noodles. These Sichuan noodles have a reputation for being on the spicy side, so every slurp is sure to be interesting. Here, we round up some of the must-visit restaurants serving dandan noodles in Osaka and Kyoto:
3 -14-11 Nishinakajima, Yodogawa Ward, Osaka
Open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. (last order is at 2:30 p.m.)
Kikaijima Tantanmen is a tantan-men (dandan noodles) specialty store. The owner, who had training at a famous hotel in Tokyo and the Fukurinmon Chinese restaurant, makes some of the ingredients, like the spicy paste and rayu (Chinese red chili oil), himself. The restaurant also uses rare domestic sesame from Kikaijima, an island in Southern Japan, to create the mild heat of the dish.
Ramen Toride Kyomachibori
1 -1-10 Kyomachibori, Nishi Ward, Osaka
Open from 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. (last order is at 10:30 p.m.), and 11:30 a.m. to 3 a.m. on Fridays, Sundays and holidays (last order is at 2:30 a.m.)
Paitan is a white milky broth made from blanched meat bones that have been boiled on high heat for several hours. Kai Paitan is made only from shellfish. Asari (Manila clam) and Hotate (scallop) are its key ingredients. The store owner based the taste of the dandan noodles on his own Sichuan cuisine experience. To make the taste more authentic, he added freshly ground peppers to the soup.
Tori Paitan Ramen Jiyuaoka Kageyama
4F Abeno Q’s Mall, 1-6-1 Abenosuji, Abeno Ward, Osaka
Open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. (last order is at 10:30 p.m.)
Tori Paitan Ramen Jiyuaoka Kageyama is a popular shop in Osaka. It won the Kanto Ramen Grand Prize Tori Paitan for three consecutive years. Their main dish is the Tori Paitan (Chicken Paitan), but they also serve other awesome dishes like the Paitan Dandan Noodles and Shoyu Sichuan Mamee Noodles. Side dishes add extra flavor to the dish, so be sure to also order the Sichuan Mapo Tofu Bowl (spicy Chinese tofu and ground meat), Annin Tofu (almond jelly), and Karaage (fried chicken).
2-1-47 Tenjinbashi, Kita Ward, Osaka
Open from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., 6 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Tenjin Sasara’s signature dandan noodles use sesame from a sesame shop called Wadaman, which was founded during the Meiji era. The soup is rich and refreshing. During dinner, side dishes like mapo tofu and lettuce fried rice are also available.
3-4-6 Ohama Kitamachi, Sakai Ward, Osaka
Contact: +81- 7-2242-4474
Open from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., 5:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
The owner had 16 years of career experience at a famous Japanese restaurant before starting Shigeru Tenobemen. He went to China to learn how to cook ranshu ramen and added his own touch by using rare tenobe (handmade noodles). For the soup, he uses pork, chicken, and paitan as base.
Menya Kirameki – Kyoto Sanjo Honten
435-3 Ebisu, Chukyo Ward, Kyoto
Contact: +81- 075-744-6199
Open from 11 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. (last order)
Menya Kirameki – Kyoto Sanjo Honten is the sixth branch of the Kirameki Group in Kyoto. They serve a collaboration menu with Gingo Ramen Kubota using homemade noodles with 100 percent wheat flour from Hokkaido.
This is the first collaboration dish with Gingo Ramen Kubota. Kirameki made the rich soup and noodles while Kubota made the sauce and the mince. There are two dish sizes to choose from. Small (100g) for ¥830 and large (200g) for ¥980.
Provided by Japan Walker™ and Kansai Walker™ (September 19, 2017)