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Most Americans know ramen only in the 5000-pack for a buck instant variety and as “starving college student food.” But ramen is so much more. Read more...
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mitsuwa chashu mini review

My wife pointed this out to me while we were at Mitsuwa Supermarket today, stocking up on ramen, snacks, and canned coffee (20% off everything this weekend! woohoo!). At $9.99/lb, that’s more expensive than some high quality steaks I’ve seen! I was excited to try this out. I took my first bite of the chashu...
ramen quick review: ken ramen – costa mesa, ca

ramen quick review: ken ramen – costa mesa, ca

Ken Ramen opened up about a month ago near Triangle Plaza in Costa Mesa and today’s perfect ramen weather! I tried the ramen trifecta: gyoza, fried rice, and the tonkotsu ramen. The gyoza was really good: perfect texture and a juicy and meaty but not too dense filling. And the fried rice was great. The...
ramen quick review: ramen zetton – costa mesa, ca

ramen quick review: ramen zetton – costa mesa, ca

Another new ramen place in Costa Mesa! Zetton Ramen, located in a tiny plaza behind “the Camp”, is one of the only new ramenya in Orange County to not specialize in tonkotsu ramen (that’s exciting news!). They serve a regular and kotteri versions of a shoyu or shio ramen, a spicy miso ramen, and a...
ramen quick review: tanaka sobaten chuuka soba - costa mesa, ca

ramen quick review: tanaka sobaten chuuka soba – costa mesa, ca

Mitsuwa is having its Umaimono Gourmet Fair and Tanaka Sobaten is making an appearance. There’s exactly one item on the menu: their signature chuuka soba. The ramen comes with just a few basic toppings: lots of green onions and deeply marinated menma, and a few thinly sliced pieces of chashu. The ramen is delicious! The...
ramen rating: ikemen the dip ramen - hollywood, ca

ramen rating: ikemen the dip ramen – hollywood, ca

One of the first things you’ll notice when you at Ikemen is the posters proclaiming their mantra: “No Ramen, No Life.” Owned by Shigetoshi “Sean” Nakamura, also known as one of the “Four Ramen Devas” in Japan, Ikemen is no run-of-the-mill ramen shop. I’ve been looking forward this for months after rameniac broke the news...
ramen rating: ramen yamadaya - costa mesa, ca

ramen rating: ramen yamadaya – costa mesa, ca

“The new phone book’s here! The new phone book’s here!” That was my reaction when I found out that Ramen Yamadaya finally opened in Costa Mesa. The renowned ramen shop opened its first store in Torrance almost a year and a half ago and is already on its 4th location, finally, in Orange County. Set...
ramen rating: monta japanese noodle house - las vegas, nv

ramen rating: monta japanese noodle house – las vegas, nv

Hmm…a plaza with a “Big Wong” next to a massage parlor featuring blacked out windows. Ah, this brings back memories… I don’t usually frequent these kind of places, but this is Vegas. Though Go Ramen! gave it a somewhat lukewarm review, long-time reader “Peter” has been urging me to try this place. Monta Japanese Noodle...
ramen rating: ramen kagetora - costa mesa, ca

ramen rating: ramen kagetora – costa mesa, ca

Ramen Kagetora makes its debut appearance at Mitsuwa’s Hokkaido Fair this week with two types of miso ramen. Count me in! Kagetora’s miso is made with 3 kinds of miso paste, but wanting something stronger-flavored, I opted for the karamiso (spicy miso) ramen. The mildly spicy soup was tasty. The smooth and mildly sweet miso...
ramen review: ranchan ramen - orange county, ca

ramen review: ranchan ramen – orange county, ca

Specialty food trucks are all the rage, and finally there’s a ramen truck in OC. Billing themselves as “The first Ramen on wheels in OC,” Ranchan Ramen has been on the road for just under 2 months. It’s hard to miss their big pink truck with their ramen-slurping pig. I trotted up to the truck...
ramen rating: okazu ramen house - orange, ca

ramen rating: okazu ramen house – orange, ca

A new new ramen house! In Orange, of all places! I’ve been waiting for months to try out Okazu ramen, but haven’t quite been able to make it until recently. Okazu is located in the back corner of a Target shopping plaza, and is now open for lunch and dinner.
ramen rating: eifukucho taishouken

ramen rating: eifukucho taishouken

Those of you who follow Go Ramen! know that Keizo, the writer of Go Ramen! has been in Japan, living his dream of becoming a ramen chef. A couple of months ago, I got a message from Keizo telling me that he was back in CA visiting, and had something for little ol’ me! Imagine...
ramen rating: daikokuya - costa mesa, ca

ramen rating: daikokuya – costa mesa, ca

I’ve previewed Daikokuya when they first soft-opened but have never formally reviewed it. Since it’s been so long and a few things have changed, I decided to start the new year right with another visit to this popular and expanding ramen chain. First, a few small changes: the fancy restaurant pager is gone, replaced by...

ramen rating: nidaime tsujita ramen, take 2

I left Tsujita Ramen on Saturday kicking myself for not having tried the ramen. That night, while catching up on Facebook messages and blogs, I realized what a mistake I made. Egged on by rameniac and Go Ramen’s thumbs up, I managed to make a trip back during early dinner hours on Sunday, when the...

ramen rating: nidaime tsujita ramen – costa mesa, ca

Yawn…(stretch). What a nice day. Cool, fall weather…lazy, big, puffy clouds floating across the sky. It’s a perfect day for ramen! Mitsuwa is having another food fair, and I’m in the mood for tsukemen (dipping noodles). The down side of lunch at Mitsuwa is the crowd, and boy, not only was it crowded today, but...

mitsuwa “tasty stuff” gourmet fair

Mitsuwa supermarket has a “tasty stuff” gourmet food fair starting this week in select locations, and they have…you guessed it: special ramen guests. Torrance and New Jersey get a special visit from Nantsuttei, bringing their tonkotsu mayu (pork bone sesame oil) ramen “simmered for 24 hours and features rich, creamy and no distinct strong smell...


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