In this entry, I want to introduce you to a very special udon noodle restaurant in Ikeda city, Osaka and its called “Udon Dokoro Kichi（うどん処 きち） and they are super good! “Kichi” is located inside the Ishibashi shopping arcade and is very accessible using the Hankyu Rail System. Its particularly convenient when coming back into Osaka city after the Ramen Factory tour at Ikeda City (Ishibashi staion is only one station away!) so if you have had enough ramen for one day, please try their udon noodle.
They are famous among the locals for two types of noodle, Curry Udon and Kasu Udon. Unfortunately my stomach capacity is somewhat limited so I will go into the latter type this time.
“Aburakasu（油かす）”is deep-fried beef innards which is then boiled down to a really small pieces in soup broth. This particular style of cooking beef intestine has its origin in Southern Kawachi area of Osaka and is considered to be local favorites among other things. When they are added to udon noodle, then they are called “kasu-udon（かすうどん）. See those brown meat floating in the top middle of the picture? Thats “Kasu”.
I understand that many people coming abroad have sense of resist towards eating animal innards but all I can say is JUST TRY IT. If you are coming from somewhere really far away, spending lots of money, whats a little animal intestine? Heck, I have never turned down a chance to eat something exotic, EVER.
Anyway, they are priced very reasonably and comes with a reasonable portion. AND they give you an option to go large without any surcharge so if you’ve got the room, take it. Tell them ” Itten gobai onegai shimasu(1.5倍お願いします)” meaning please make it 1.5 times bigger. Here is their menu, and I have boxed off the Kasu Udon and Curry Kasu Udon so if you are feeling bit awkward about going into small Japanese restaurants, point and smile.
Ishibashi shopping arcade is really old and have roots in the ancient Japanese walk path called “Nose-Gaidou”, which used to connect Ikeda city all the way to Myouken Mountains heading up north. Maybe I’ll go into detail one day, but for now, hope you had fun reading this and try the kasu udon!