Posted tagged ‘ramen’

Noodles on a cold day

October 16, 2009

A lot of people really love Ramen-Ya.  It’s convenient, fast (when it’s not packed – it’s a tiny place) and reasonably priced but I don’t think it’s all that.  In fact, I usually end up ordering fried rice at Ramen-Ya when I go.  I’ve been here with lots of different friends and if anything, I go for nostalgic purposes and not the food.  Maybe I’m a ramen snob because I lived in Fukuoka for two years but this place doesn’t really compare to any place in Japan or even Hakata Ramen in Gardena.

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On this particular day, I was craving noodles because it was cold outside and decided to go with the tan-tan men.  It wasn’t as spicy as promised but the soup with the egg dropped in was oh-so-warming.

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Boyfriend went with the mabo ramen which, as you can see, has tofu in it.  It’s kind of strange to have tofu floating in your ramen but Boyfriend seemed to enjoy it. 

Stacy and Kevin were with us and both ordered regular ramen.  Chashu and something else.  I didn’t even get pictures of their food because we started eating so fast!

11555 W. Olympic Blvd.  Los Angeles CA

博多ラーメン (とんこつ味) – Tonkotsu ramen

March 26, 2008

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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