The restaurant introduced here is “Chinese Cuisine Fanfan,” which is so famous in the Shin-Osaka area that there is no one who does not know about it. In fact, a restaurant that had been in Shin-Osaka for over 30 years was evicted at the end of last year… It suddenly lost its location and was unable to operate, but with the support of many customers and fundraising through crowdfunding, it made a successful comeback on May 21 of this year.
I had been longing for the day when I could enjoy this popular menu item, and one Sunday, after running some errands nearby, I headed straight to Shin-Osaka Station…
Chinese Cuisine Fanfan｜Osaka’s famous bean curd restaurant, which boasts the same reputation as oil in Fukushima, is back in Shin-Osaka…Early reservations during the day are recommended to ensure a seat!
Chinese Cuisine Fanfan has relocated to the first floor of a large building on the west side of Shin-Osaka Station. It is quite a large restaurant, but there were several groups of customers waiting outside in the heat, indicating the popularity of Fun Fun Fun.
When you enter the restaurant, you can hear light jazz background music. The interior also gives the impression of a modern Chinese restaurant, and although it is a bit upscale, it is a space that is easy for young people and those on their own to spend time.
Once inside the restaurant, you must first register to wait your turn at the numbered ticket machine in front of you. If you are using Line, please use this service. If you are using Line, please use this service.
I arrived at the restaurant about 30 minutes after it opened at 5:00 p.m., and at that time there were already 7 groups waiting. The restaurant’s policy seems to be that reservations cannot be made by phone after 5:00 p.m. (I kept getting calls for reservations, but all were declined), and the turnover of customers is quite slow.
With this Line service, you can make good use of your wait time outside the restaurant. Otherwise, I recommend waiting in line before the restaurant opens, especially during dinner hours, or coming to the restaurant with plenty of time to spare. By the way, even after you are seated, you will be asked to leave the restaurant after two hours to make room for the next customer.
Fanfan is known as one of the most famous restaurants in Osaka for its bean curd soup, along with oil in Fukushima.
So it is impossible not to order the Bean Curd with Bean Paste. Fanfan’s Bean Curd comes in two types: sweet and spicy, and for an additional charge, they also offer super spicy Bean Curd.
Fanfan’s Bean Curd Related Menu Items
- Szechuan Chen Bean Curd (sweet or spicy): Small: 900 yen, Large: 1280 yen
- Very spicy: +300 yen
Value-priced Bean Curd Set (Bean Curd + 3 iron pot dumplings + rice): Small: 1,380 yen, Large: 1,680 yen
This time, I decided to order the Szechuan Chen Bean Curd (small) with hot sauce and another dish of Fried Rice with Seafood in Salty Starchy Sauce (regular 1380 yen).
About 30 minutes after ordering, the Bean Curd was first brought to the table…
Bean-curd soup with bean-curd sauce simmering in an earthenware pot. It takes a lot of courage to suddenly touch it in this state, but in fact, there is a “Fan Fan Bean Curd Strategy” on the table that teaches you how to enjoy the bean curd in front of you.
First, follow the strategy by placing a red paper napkin over the earthenware pot and wait for the crackling and splattering to subside. When the crackling noise subsides, remove the paper napkin and stir thoroughly with a bamboo spatula for actual eating…
The raayu (Chinese chili oil) floating on the surface of the bean curd gives it a rather oily impression. But when you try it, it is not as spicy or oily as you might expect, and is very easy to eat. The moderately salty and rich flavor of the soybean flour, the chopped green onions that still have a crunchy texture, and the slightly charred and flavored ground pork…it is no wonder that this dish is so popular that there is a line of customers waiting for it.
Seafood fried rice with salty starchy sauce: A lightly salted starchy sauce that coats every grain of the parched rice… A dish that stands out for its rich ingredients and seafood broth flavor.
And when the bean-curd soup was half gone, the seafood fried rice with salty starchy sauce arrived…
A variety of ingredients such as shrimp, crab, squid, scallops, shiitake mushrooms, and Chinese cabbage are scattered evenly in the fried rice covered with an anglazed sauce. The menu’s description of “lots of ingredients” is true. The contrast between the black plate and the white fried rice with starchy sauce also looks good.
Originally, the basic ingredient for Fujian-style fried rice with starchy sauce is oyster sauce. In contrast, Fanfan’s fried rice with starchy sauce is richly flavored with the broth from the shiitake mushrooms and seafood ingredients.
The bean paste is also less viscous than expected, and the light starch coats each grain of the parapara fried rice well. The subtle saltiness and rich broth aroma jumps into your mouth, making you feel like you have the luxury of eating rich ingredients.
You can order from a wide variety of menu items at Fanfan, but it takes time for the food to be delivered… Better to decide what to order in advance to make the most of your time!
Chinese Cuisine Fanfan is a very popular Chinese restaurant in Osaka, especially on weekends when it is filled with many customers. On the other hand, the kitchen seems small for the number of seats, and it takes a long time from order to delivery, so it is not suitable for those who want to finish their meal quickly.
When visiting there, we recommend that you make a reservation in advance and allow plenty of time for your visit. It is also better to avoid ordering extra food and to complete your entire order on the first visit.
Below is an example from Fanfan’s extensive menu. I hope this will be of some help to you…
- SHIBIRE shirunashi tantanmen: regular 1,380 yen, half 750 yen
- Ramen noodles with a light shijimi broth: ordinary 980 yen, half 680 yen
- Children’s ramen set (salt or soy sauce): 690 yen
- Seafood Chinese rice bowl: regular 1,380 yen, half 750 yen
- Fried rice with minced beef and lettuce in oyster sauce: ordinary 1000 yen, half 680 yen
- Vinegared pork belly with black vinegar: large 1,480 yen, small 1,000 yen
- Wagyu beef and seasonal vegetables stir-fried with black pepper: Large: 2,000 yen, Small: 1,200 yen
- Braised Shrimp with Chili Sauce: Large: 1,360 yen, Small: 920 yen
- Stewed pork belly (2 pieces) with Chinese burger: 1,680 yen
- Chicken on a stick: large, 1,360 yen; small, 920 yen
- Fried boneless chicken: 6 pieces, 1,150 yen, 3 pieces, 600 yen
- Szechuan hot pot (from 2 persons): 1,600 yen/person
- Peking Duck: 11200 yen per duck, 6000 yen for half a duck
- Shanghai Shokutei Collaboration: 3 small baskets (3 pieces): 420 yen
- Pi tang: large 1100 yen, small 580 yen
I recommend that you come to the restaurant well in advance of time… Chinese Cuisine Fanfan is an 8-minute walk from the nearest station, Shin-Osaka Station on the JR and Osaka Metro Midosuji Lines.
Now, here are the details of the restaurant…
Address: 1F Daiko Shin-Osaka Building, 4-3-39 Miyahara, Yodogawa-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka
Phone number: 06-6392-3104
Business hours: 11:30-14:30 LO, 17:00-22:30 LO
Parking: Affiliated parking lots available
Credit card payment: Accepted
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