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Hiyashi Chuka Ramen @ Maru Ichi in Mountain View


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Hiyashi Chuka Ramen @ Maru Ichi in Mountain View

Melanie Wong | | Oct 27, 2006 08:20 AM

On a warm day last month, I stopped by Maru Ichi to try the cold ramen. Not listed on the menu or on the day's specials board, I asked my waitress for hiyashi chuka with hard noodles and she didn't skip a beat.

Attractively presented, the tangy and fresh flavors were bright as the vivid color palette of the toppings. I added the citrusy dressing from the cruet and mixed in part of the dab of hot mustard for extra bite. The housemade noodles were meant for this prep. The cool, springy tangle of ramen showed much better than in the soupy format. Delicious and refreshing, the blend of beni shoga (red pickled ginger), seaweed salad, julienne of cucumbers, sesame seeds, shredded toasted nori (dried seaweed), seasoned egg, and fatty roast pork was a study in contrasts against the blankness of the noodle base. The sprightly dressing enlivened every note.

Usually available during the summer, Maru Ichi said the cold version of ramen would be served as long as the temperatures stay high. This was my favorite among the versions of hiyashi chuka offered by Ryowa, Himawari, Gen, or Tanto. It still bugs me that there's a charge for tea here, but this performance raises Maru Ichi to the #5 position.

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Maru Ichi Noodle House
368 Castro St
Mountain View 94041

Kuro ramen at Maru Ichi -

1. Ramen Halu, 375 Saratoga Ave Ste M, San Jose
2. Santa, 805 S B St, San Mateo
3. Ryowa, 2068 University Ave, Berkeley
4. Himawari, 202 2nd Ave, San Mateo
5. Maru Ichi, 368 Castro St, Mountain View
6. Ryowa, 859 Villa St, Mountain View
7. Tanto, 1063 E El Camino Real, Sunnyvale
8. Do-Henkotsu House of Tokushima Ramen, 4330 Moorpark Ave, San Jose
9. Gen Ramen, 47890 Warm Springs Blvd, Fremont
10.BY Grill, 3226 Geary Blvd, San Francisco (closed
)11.Norikonoko, 2556 Telegraph Ave, Berkeley
12.Hana, 4320 Moorpark, San Jose
13.Katanaya, 430 Geary Blvd., San Francisco
14.Masa's Sushi, 400 San Antonio Road, Mountain View
15.Gochi, 19980 Homestead Rd, Cupertino
16.Oyaji, 3123 Clement St, San Francisco
17.Maru Ichi, 530 Barber Lane, Milpitas
18.Hatcho, 1271 Franklin Mall, Santa Clara
19.Tomoe, 810 3rd St, San Rafael (closed)
20.Ringer Hut, 1072 Saratoga Ave, San Jose
21.Izakaya Mai, 212 2nd Avenue, San Mateo
22.Kumako, 211 E. Jackson Street, San Jose
23.Ramen Club, 723 California Dr, Burlingame
24.Tazaki Sushi, 3420 Judah St, San Francisco
25.Ramen Rama, 19774 Stevens Creek Blvd, Cupertino
26.Ogi-San Ramen, 10789 Blaney Ave, Cupertino
27.Kaimuki Grill, 104 S El Camino Real, San Mateo
28.Tanto, 1306 Saratoga Ave, San Jose
29.Okazu Ya SF (Noriega), 2445 Noriega St, San Francisco
30.King's Garden Ramen, 39055 Cedar Blvd, Newark (closed)
31.Sushi Bistro, 445 Balboa St, San Francisco
32.Mitsuwa Hokkaido festival booth, 675 Saratoga Ave, San Jose
33.Lakuni, 325 E 4th Ave, San Mateo
34.100% Healthy Desserts, 1155 Taraval St., San Francisco
35.Mifune, 1737 Post St, San Francisco
36.H2A Noodle, 42318 Fremont Blvd., Fremont
37.Iroha, 1728 Buchanan St, San Francisco
38.Miraku Noodles, 2131 N Broadway, Walnut Creek
39.Manpuku, 2977 College Ave, Berkeley
40.Tanpopo, 1740 Buchanan Street, San Francisco
41.Sushi Yoshi, 39261 Cedar Blvd, Newark
42.La Shang Niang Ramen (OEC), 42 Dixon Rd, Milpitas
43.Oidon, 71 E. 4th Avenue, San Mateo
44.Taraval Okazu Ya, 1735 Taraval St., San Francisco
45.Suzu Noodle House, 1581 Webster Street, San Francisco
46.Sapporo-ya, 1581 Webster St, San Francisco
47.Tokyo Ramen, 678 Barber Lane, Milpitas (closed)
48.Kamakura, 2549 Santa Clara Ave, Alameda
49.Mama-san!, 312 8th Ave, San Francisco
50.Katana-ya Ramen, 10546 San Pablo Ave, El Cerrito
51.Hotei, 1290 9th Ave, San Francisco
52.Bear's Ramen House, 2521 Durant, Berkeley