- Name: Hakata Tonkotsu Tenjinki 博多とんこつ 天神旗
- Cuisine: Ramen
- Soup base
- Very thick こってり
- Hakata-style (thin, straight)
- Soup base
- Cost: ¥ (~¥1,000)
- Bargain: Good
- Payment: Cash
- Size: Medium; seats 20
- Area: Higashiyodogawa-ku, Osaka City, Japan
- Station: Kamishinjo Station
I found Tenjinki through Tabelog and it has a pretty decent score, so I decided to try it out.
The place is actually, relatively, spacious, considering it’s a ramen place. The kitchen is quite large. It’s in the middle with the counters surrounding it. As the restaurant name suggests, this place has Hakata-style tonkotsu ramen. And it smelled of tonkotsu, of pork. For some people, that means legit! But it’s not a smell I prefer. While not overwhelming, it was noticeable.
I ordered the “super spicy red tonkotsu” 赤とんこつ 激辛 (¥850) with the hetare set へたれ丼セット (¥300). I don’t know what hetare means but according to the dictionary, it means “weakling.” I think something got lost in translation….
While ordering the ramen, you can add nori and minced garlic as free toppings. So I did. The self-service sides are beni-shoga (pickled ginger), takuan (sweet pickled daikon radish), spicy pickled mustard? greens (on the salty side but actually spicy), and sesame seeds.
The noodles were the typical thin, straight Hakata noodles. The broth was thick. Very こってり. Too thick for my taste. It was more like eating chili con carne than drinking soup. Not sure if that’s how it normally is or the chili paste thickened up the soup even more. It also tasted like how the place smelled, that is, really porky. Despite the red color, my super spicy red ramen wasn’t that spicy. Barely spicy. Like a 1 out of 10 on my spicy level.
The へたれ丼 was basically a chashu rice bowl. It had thick pieces of chashu with a sweet sauce on a bed of bean sprouts and green onions (and rice). The eggs were regular eggs and not the beautiful orange yolked eggs some places have.
Even though customers gave Tenjinki a 3.6 on Tabelog, I personally didn’t like the place at all. It tasted fine but what killed it for me is the soup was just too thick for my tastes. I also didn’t like the smell of the place. So, if you like thick soup bases, maybe you can give this place a try, otherwise, skip it.
TL;DR: Smelly and thick.
Address: 大阪府 大阪市 西区 京町堀2-12-13