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Asari Ramen @ Okazu Ya SF (Noriega), San Francisco

Melanie Wong | Feb 1, 2005 08:16 PM

Listed just as "asari ramen" on the menu (along with rib ramen, vegetable ramen, and one other ramen-y choice), the red-tinged saucy bowl heaped to overflowing with sauteed clams was sort of startling when presented. Ten plump and succulent clams in the shell were cooked just so in a moderately hot chili-spiced thickened gravy, then poured over the base of ramen in broth. A small amount of bean sprouts and a sprinkling of scallions on top completed the picture.

The two liquids were a bit too miscible, and it took building a dam to hold back the spicy gravy and creating a well for some of the unmixed soup to come up from the bottom of the bowl for me to trap a few spoonfuls of the unadorned broth. It seemed to be a rich pork-based stock, and I would have liked less gravy or at least the chance to taste more of the stock on its own. Yet, I must admit, the combination was certainly addictive, especially as the heat started to build up in the mouth.

Ordered "firm", the thin, fresh noodles were still softer than I would have liked, but in a reasonable range, and they absorbed the flavors nicely. This dish tasted more Chinese-y to me, lacking the spectrum of extra salty flavor accents that register as Japanese on my palate. But all in all, a very delicious bowl and a bargain at $6.25.

This was my first time to this restaurant. I liked having my own carafe of piping hot tea. My server said that the Okazu Ya on Taraval has the same owner.

Okazu Ya San Francisco
2447 Noriega St.
San Francisco 94122
415-661-5783
Sun-Thurs, 11:30am-3pm, 5pm-10pm
Fri-Sat, 11:30am-3pm, 5pm-12am

PERSONAL RAMEN RANKINGS

1. Ramen Halu, San Jose
2. Santa, San Mateo
3.&4. Ryowa, Mountain View and Berkeley
5. Himawari, San Mateo
6. Maru Ichi, Mountain View
7. Tanto, Sunnyvale
8. Gen Ramen, Fremont
9. Masa’s Sushi, Mountain View
10.Tomoe, San Rafael
11.Do-Henkotsu, San Jose
12.Ringer Hut, San Jose
13.Kaimuki Grill, San Mateo
14.Okazu Ya SF (Noriega), San Francisco
15.Ramen Club, Burlingame
16.Sushi Bistro, San Francisco
17.Lakuni, San Mateo
18.Iroha, San Francisco
19.Manpuku, Berkeley
20.Tanpopo, San Francisco
21.Suzu Noodle House, San Francisco
22.Oidon, San Mateo
23.Katanaya, El Cerrito
24.Sapporo-ya, San Francisco
25.Tokyo Ramen, Milpitas
26.Hotei, San Francisco
27.Bear’s Ramen House, Berkeley

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