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Ichifuku (Takoyaki/Ikayaki) 一富久 Destination Hanazono Part 2

Address:大阪府 大阪市西成区 花園南 1-9-31  Osaka-shi Nishinari-ku Hanazono 1-9-13
Tel: 06-6657-0225
Open: Wednesday to Sunday. 11;00-19:30. Open on National Holidays. Closed Mon, Tues
Nearest Station; Hanazono Station Exit 3-B (5 minutes) Nankai Tengachaya West Exit 10 minutes
Type: Takoyaki, Ikayaki
Founded: 1958
Beer: Asahi Super Dry Can ¥300 yen with set.

 

On my second visit to Hanazono, I was fortunate enough to be taken to a landmark and institution by three locals who grew up in the area. Ichifuku has been serving takoyaki and ikayaki to hungry residents since 1958. Takoyaki and Ikayaki can be considered Osaka soul food and you don’t last sixty years unless you make the best.  Takoyaki has evolved over the years and some places add things like cheese but Ichifuku keeps it simple, and former residents of the area from all over Japan often come back to enjoy the same taste they remember from childhood.  Ichifuku recommends eating their takoyaki with two spoonfuls of ponzu vinegar and sprinkling them with Shichi-mi tōgarashi (唐辛子, seven-flavor chili pepper),

Ichifuku is primarily a takeout place. The staff will ask customers if they are in a hurry so they can prepare them quicker than usual. If you choose to eat at the counter (10 seats) you can watch them make your food at a much slower pace, and watching them mix the batter and turning them quickly  on the takoyaki grill so they don’t burn never gets old. The ikayaki press looks like the sort of contraption found at an old laundry used to take wrinkles out of disheveled trousers.  One of the best thing about Ichifuku is that the location keeps hoards of tourists away and you can experience eating takoyaki as a local. If it were in Namba or Umeda it would be as packed as say,  Wanaka (also excellent!) and the lines would be around the block.

Ichifuku is also known for their many sets and combos that will suit people who just want to have a snack and others who feeling like splurging on a full meal with cold beer, soup and a couple of tasty side dishes. There is even an option for vegetarians*. You can order the Tako-nashi set (¥400), 14 pieces loaded with ginger and scallions instead of octopus. *The set is not advertised as being vegetarian. I will confirm it on my next visit.

I am going to translate as much of the menu as I can below.

Takoyaki: 7 (¥320),  10 (¥440) , 15 (¥650)  I think they had prices listed for 5, 8, and 20 too.

Takoyaki Drink Set: 7 takoyaki plus soft drink: cola, cider, orange soda, oolong tea (¥420)

Takoyaki Beer Set:  7 takoyaki plus can of Asahi Super Dry (¥620)

Takoyaki Soup: Contains 6 takoyaki (¥400)

Takoyaki Negi Nose: Takoyaki topped with scallions 7 (¥360)  10 (¥480)

Takoyaki Negi Nose Beer Set:  Takoyaki topped with scallions + Can of Asahi Super Dry Beer 7 (¥660),  10 (¥780)

Takoyaki Healthy Set:  7 Takoyaki, Toroten (心太 gelidium jelly –made into thin strips and eaten with vinegar) and two spoonfuls of black honey. (¥520)

Osumashi Set:  7 Takoyaki and osumashi soup (¥420)

Tako-nashi Set:  14 pieces loaded with ginger and scallions instead of octopus (¥400),

 

Suyaki: Squid grilled in vineger (ponzu?) No eggs. (¥270)

Ikayaki Tamago:  (squid omelet)  (¥320)

Ikayaki Tamago W: Same as above. Think W stands for Wide. (¥370)

Kyabe Tamago  Squid cabbage and eggs omelet (¥420)

Kyabe Tamago W: Same as above but wide? Will confirm. (¥520)

Ikasupe Think this stands for Ika special. Must confirm (¥520)

Beer Set: Add ¥300 for can of Asahi Super Dry

Soft Serve Ice Cream ¥150

 

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DESTINATION HANAZONO (Part I)

Tamayu Ramen Tengaiten (タマユラメン天外天)

AKA 博多ラーメン天外天

Address: 大阪府大阪市西成区1-2-13  Osaka-shi Nishinari-ku Matsu 1-2-13
Open: Everyday from 11;30-14:00,  18:00-05:00)
Nearest Station; Hanazono Station Exit 3-B (5 minutes) Nankai Tengachaya West Exit 6 minutes
Type: Chinese Restaurant
Founded: ?
Beer: Asahi Super Dry Medium Bottle: 500 yen

 

 

 

Tamayu

I decided to set off in search of the legendary Osaka Ramen (大阪らーめん), a located favorite that is famous for 200 yen ramen. The price was 100 yen for many years. I have been going to Osaka Hanten大阪飯店, another local favorite near Kishinosato Station that is also famous for it’s delicious 200 yen ramen. I found out that the master of Osaka Hanten served as an apprentice at Osaka Ramen for several years before deciding to open his own place in the mid eighties. The owner of Osaka Ramen is getting up there in years so his restaurant is only open sporadically. I could have called ahead, or at least written down the address, but sometimes it is more fun to just explore, especially in the age of smart phones with precise GPS that can pinpoint any location.

I got off at Tengachaya Station and walked towards Kita Tengachaya Station on the Hankai Line (Tram). Osaka Ramen is actually one stop down, near Matsuda Station, a short walk away but I didn’t know that at the time and started walking back to the other side of Tengachaya Station. I wandered around aimlessly for about 20 minutes and came across a ramen shop that advertised Nagasaki Chanpon called Tamayu Tengaiten(タマユラメン天外天 The Italian style tomato ramen with cream cheese caught my eye and I was getting hungry. Decided to go in.  The place was about to close for the afternoon, but I managed to get my order in. There was only one guy doing all the cooking, probably a good sign. I don’t want my ramen prepared by some part-time high school kid whose heart is not into it.

The tomato ramen was good but it did not fill me up for 750 yen. I realized that I should have gotten the set for a couple of hundred yen more or at least ordered a side of gyoza like I usually do.  Decided to walk back towards Tengachaya Station and stumbled upon the entrance to Hanazono Street, which is located between Tengachaya and Haginochaya Station.  The entire street has a very Showa 80s vibe. I realized that I had never been in this area between. I walk a bit up the block and there it was…Osaka Ramen. But it was closed.

 

 

 

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Osaka Ramen

Tanakaman Saketen 田中萬酒店

Visited Tanakaman Saketen (田中萬酒店) in Nishinakajima Minamigata last month. The mama has been running it for 55 years. She said I was the first foreigner to set foot in the place, but her son corrected her: There was a drunken NOVA teacher who stumbled in back in the 90s. Get off at Exit #2. Cross the street to Hotel Consort and walk down three blocks until you come to an overpass. It’s on the right. Check out the dried fugu (poison blow fish) hanging on the wall. Cheap drinks, delicious homemade food and friendly regulars. 田中萬酒店 (西中島南方) TEL 06-6301-4164
大阪府大阪市淀川区西中島1-14-2. Osaka shi Yodogawa ku Nishi Nakajima 1-14-2
営業時間 Open Monday to Saturday* (closed some Saturdays when the mama doesn’t feel like working) 18:00~22:30頃 定休日 Closed Sundays. 日祝日Closed Holidays.

 

 

 

 

Kimuraya きむらや@ Kyobashi

大阪府 大阪市都島区 東野田町 2-8-28 Osaka-shi Miyakojima-Ku Higashi Noda Machi 2-8-28.  Open 17:00-24:00. Closed Wednesday and Sunday. Price range ¥1,000-¥1,999Draft beer price: ¥350.  Bottled Beer price: N/A.Gyu Misuji Steak. ¥400 Rasberry Chuhai ¥300.

 

Susumu すすむ Standing Yakiniku @ Temmabashi

Had the best yakiniku meal at SUSUMU in Temmabashi. The first place I’ve been to that serves LAMBCHOP (¥500) in Japan. Everything was delicious. I also enjoyed YEBISU CREAMY TOP on tap. Good beer. While I was there two young ladies from Singapore came in and asked if I could read Japanese. So I ended up ordering for them. They left and a couple from Indonesia came in. The man asked me the same question so I ordered for them too. I think I have disproved that (funny) Tanaka Ken viral video “But we’re speaking Japanese!”twice in less than 45 minutes. Susumu is highly recommended. You can try a variety of dishes for around 300 yen. The rosu and bara are a must. About five minutes from JR Temmabashi. 天神橋5-6-22 丸山マンション 1F (Tenjinbashi 5-6-33 Maruyama Mansion 1F) Open 17:00-24:00.

 

Matt Kaufman’s Osaka Scum Report (1995) From Thora-Zine

This is my first Osaka Scum Report back 1995 in from Thora-Zine, a great mag from Austin, Texas published by Brent Bruni Comiskey. I regret writing that mean stuff about Jerry Garcia in the intro, but hey, I was in my 20s and thought that making fun of hippies was cool (forgive me). In the photo; Morihata of Hard Core Dude, Nao of Superball, Nishikawa from The Lumpens and Haruka from The Won Wons.

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