Kinryu Ramen: The Surprising Reality


Only in Osaka: Kinryu Ramen!

Kinryu Ramen maybe the first ramen shop that comes to mind when someone says “Osaka Ramen.” There are about 5 locations from Namba to Nipponbashi–always busy with customers, as each shop is open 24 hours a day, all year round.


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There are only two items on the menu, ramen and char siu ramen. **Char siu is a roasted pork fillet, often used for ramen.

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But fret not, there are free toppings to customize your ramen to how you like it: garlic, spicy chives, and kimchi. Believe it or not, rice is free too!!
**Free refills on rice are only available at certain stores.


◆The secret of Kinyu Ramen

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Believe it or not, there are some things even the locals don’t know about Kinryu Ramen!


1. First of all–it didn’t get its start as a ramen shop.

Wait. What??

In the beginning, it was in fact a completely different type of noodle shop: Udon!

Kinryu Ramen opened in 1982. However, it was originally an udon shop called Silk Road Udon, which opened in 1980. At that time there were already several nighttime ramen shops in the area, so instead it started off as an udon shop.

It was quite similar to now: open all night and a stall where you stood while eating.

Silk Road Udon was short-lived, however, since ramen was more popular than udon for those late night food cravings. Thus in 1981, the owner decided to switched gears to ramen!🍜

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2. The Early Days

At the time when Kinryu Ramen first started operating as a ramen shop, there were only a few flavors to choose from in Osaka: miso, shio (salt), or soy sauce.

Out of the three, miso ramen was particularly pleasing to the palate of Osakan residents. The problem with miso ramen is the cooking method of the veggies – sautéing veggies: it was a burden to the staff as they need to hold a heavy fry pan and stir-sauteing every day and night and people were quitting left and right.

So, it was time to change gears again. After they threw out the miso ramen recipe, a recipe similar to the one used today was created. There was no need to fry vegetables for the ramen–there would be toppings only that customers could put on as they pleased.

At that time there were a lot of women who visited after getting off of their shift at night as hostesses: so to keep the ramen from feeling to heavy with a tonkotsu pork soup broth was used. For anyone who might want stronger flavor chives or garlic could be added as a topping.

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3. Kinryu Ramen Now

Time has passed since the days where Kinryu Ramen had just one shop. Now there are multiple locations spanning the Dotonbori and Namba area.

But if you look closely, no shop is like the other. Each one has a large dragon protruding from the building. However, each dragon is different. For example, at the Midosuji location, the dragon is holding golden balls. However, at the Ebisubashi location, he’s holding ramen!

Can you spot all the differences?
Kinryu Ramen is only 5~10 minutes from Ookini Hotels Nipponbashi Apartment and Ookini Hotels Dotonbori Apartment so why not give it a try?


金龍ラーメン 御堂筋店

Kinryu Ramen Midosuji **The only stall where you stand while eating
Address 大阪府大阪市中央区難波1-7-13
1-7-13 Namba, Chuo-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka
Nearest Station Near Namba Station Exit 14, on the Osaka Metro Midosuji Line


金龍ラーメン 相合橋店(道頓堀本店)
Kinryu Ramen Aiaubashi (Dotonbori Main Shop)
Address 大阪府大阪市中央区道頓堀1-1-17
1-1-17 Dotonbori, Chuo-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka
Nearest Station About a 5-minute walk from Nipponbashi Station on the Osaka Metro Sakaisuji Line


金龍ラーメン 戎橋店

Kinryu Ramen Ebisu
Address 大阪府大阪市中央区難波3-3-5
3-3 Namba, Chuo-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka
Nearest Station About a 3-minute walk from Namba Station on the Osaka Metro Midosuji Line


金龍ラーメン 道頓堀店
Kinryu Ramen Dotonbori
Address 大阪府大阪市中央区道頓堀1-7-26
1-7-26 Dotonbori, Chuo-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka
Nearest Station About 5 minutes walk from Namba Station Exit 14, on the Osaka Metro Midosuji & Sennichimae Lines


金龍ラーメン 難波千日前店

Kinryu Namba Sennichimae
Address 大阪府大阪市中央区難波千日前11-20
11-20 Namba Sennichimae, Chuo-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka
Nearest Station About a 7-minute walk from Namba Station on the Osaka Metro Lines & private railway lines

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