Hanamaruken Namba Hozenji for ramen and slow-cooked pork
Nestled in Namba’s secluded and atmospheric Hozenji area, a hidden collection of alleyways known for cobbled streets and an ancient shrine, Hanamaruken is worth finding. Though it specialises in ramen, it’s the gyoza people tend to rave about. These morsels are grilled to crispy perfection and are the ideal accompaniment to the signature dish – a salty bowl of ramen topped with melt-in-your-mouth slow-cooked pork. There is usually a wait, even in the middle of the night, but it rarely takes more than 10-15 minutes to get a seat.