博多ラーメン (とんこつ味) – Tonkotsu ramen

I lived in Japan for two years and got addicted to tonkotsu ramen, the specialty in Kyushu where I lived. Tonkotsu (pork bone) ramen refers to the broth because it’s made with crushed pork bone that has been boiled for hours. So when Candace, my friend who I met in Japan, came to visit I wasn’t surprised when her sole request was that we eat at Shinsengumi Hakata Ramen.

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I love feeling like I’ve stepped back into Fukuoka when I step into the restaurant. Everyone yells, “いらっしゃいませ!” or, “Welcome!” when you walk into the door.

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We went for lunch and both had to go for the same thing, lunch special B: ramen, gyoza and steamed rice. You can personalize your bowl of noodles by choosing the firmness of your noodles, light/medium/heavy soup base and normal/heavy oil. The gyoza are quite dinky here but ramen doesn’t really feel complete to me without a bowl of rice and gyoza on the side. Not that either of us had room in our stomachs but Shinsengumi serves kaidama (extra noodles) for 99 cents just like they do in Japan for 100 yen! Save your broth and you can get another order of noodles in your bowl for a buck!

My old co-workers LOVE this place too so I’m going again on Friday night for dinner.

2015 W. Redondo Beach Blvd. Gardena, CA

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One Comment on “博多ラーメン (とんこつ味) – Tonkotsu ramen”

  1. Boyfriend Says:

    We had our first lunch date here. The ramen was very good. I think I had the ramen with the small curry and fried rice combo. It was cool that you could customize the noodles and broth. I think if we do make it there one more time, I’ll get just a ramen and get the extra noodles.


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