Darn, I'm pretty sure I'm coming down with something. Posting these pics I got just the other day that helped cheer me up some tonight from my content contributing friends G.R.A. Thanks as always guys!
From what I gathered quickly on the net the (Shoyu) Tonkotsu style ramen that Hope-ken (near Jingu Stadium) offers is not the most sophisticated but something a working person may develop a deep rooted liking for over time. Quite oily and described as gito-gito or even giton-giton (I prefer the phonetically enhanced latter that makes me giggle a bit).
Oh how I wish my town had its own yellow awninged no non-sense kotteri ramen-ya with a flying pig logo. But I'm sure I'd be missing good tacos (lengua for me! yum) if I were there now. As I say, the grass and the grease always seem greener on the other side.. ;)
But while I'm at it I would also really love to have that man's T-shirt as a souvenir. Not literally his, gross! You know, like at In-N-Out..
Wow, the large O-mori bowl is Huge. The ramen was described by my friends as most lip smacking and fairly salty but something they enjoyed a lot. The bits of white speckles that can be seen in the soup is fat. Definitely Giton-Giton here.
I think there is seating upstairs by the looks of the first exterior photo but having your bowl while standing may be part of the authentic experience? I just love the long counter directly open to the street and it would be the way I'd rather be lunching, at least here. :)
A strainer full of free chopped green onions. Also lovely.
And a pitcher full of iced barley tea. I would bet a necessity.
And again, the awesome flying pig logo. This time on a hanging chochin lantern.
Actually, more desirable to me then that t-shirt..