ZSAT: Osaka, Ippudo Ramen / by Alice Zhao

The only way we knew how to continue our epic morning with Keijiro Doi was with an epic ramen lunch! After we dropped off our bags at our hotel, we headed to Umeda, Osaka and waited in line at Ippudo ramen. Ippudo is a famous ramen chain in Japan that serves Hakata Style ramen or Tonkotsu ramen with its white milky pork broth. They even have a chain in NYC. I wonder how long before we will see a shop open here in Chicago (ahem ahem).
Wow, this really brought back memories of the first time I tasted authentic ramen 3 years ago in Fukuoka. It was my first meal when I first got to Japan back then and how fitting it was my first meal coming back to Japan this time. Anyway, less talking, more eating, more pics...

Anybody know what that dark oil/sauce is? Whatever it was, it was friggen awesome.
Ippudo (Umeda)
Kakudacho 6-7, Kakudacho Building 1F. [across street from Navio Hankyu]
Open 11am-3am daily.
Before our late dinner reservation that night, we headed to Dotonbori for a stroll down memory lane. We spent some time here 3 years ago after Jared proposed and this is where I had my first taste of Takoyaki.

Mr. Asparagus vs The Crab

I heart fresh Takoyaki!
Obligatory silly picture of Jared in front of the Glico running man
At Bic Camera in Namba, we saw a setup for food photography and couldn't help but take this picture. :)