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Pork Belly Light Flavor (Shio) Ramen @ Gen Ramen Noodle, Fremont

Melanie Wong | Jan 3, 2006 03:27 AM

In last week's cold and rain I returned to Gen Ramen to try the salt-flavored (shio) broth. I didn't have high hopes for it based on a recent lackluster lunch here. Fortunately, at dinner time with a different server, things were much better.

#9 is light flavor soup stock with simmered pork belly for $8.50. The chicken-based stock was lovely with sweet salty accents that blended well with the carmelized fried garlic. Oddly, this time the pork belly that I'd liked so much was disappointing as it was much too meaty and the sweetness in the seasoning was too prominent. However, the other toppings - spinach, wood ears, bamboo, and perhaps a too generous portion of chopped scallion - were all top notch. The noodles ordered "hard" softened a bit too much in the bowl, but were chewy at the start. They had a bit of an ammoniated character to them, yet not nearly as bad as on another visit.

This wasn't high ramen art, but a well-crafted and tasty bowl nevertheless. I had been expecting to drop Gen's ranking, now it holds firmly onto it's 9th place slot.

PERSONAL RAMEN RANKINGS

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[BROKEN LINK REMOVED] Shoyu ramen and Halu ramen
[BROKEN LINK REMOVED] Lunch set with okara salad and rice
[BROKEN LINK REMOVED] Pirikara miso ramen and appetizers
[BROKEN LINK REMOVED] Pumpkin ramen and eggplant appetizer
http://chowhound.com/california/board... Shio ramen lunch set and Halu ramen
http://chowhound.com/california/board... Shoyu ramen lunch set
http://chowhound.com/california/board... Shio ryan men
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[BROKEN LINK REMOVED] Spicy miso ramen and Roast pork tonkotsu ramen
http://chowhound.com/california/board... Napa cabbage shoyu ramen and Miso corn ramen
http://chowhound.com/california/board... Stewed pork tonkotsu ramen
[BROKEN LINK REMOVED] Curry shoyu ramen and Stewed pork shoyu ramen
3. Ryowa, Berkeley
[BROKEN LINK REMOVED] Fresh side pork with special noodles
http://chowhound.com/california/board... Original Ryowa with special noodles
http://chowhound.com/california/board... Tsukemen (ramen dipper)
4. Himawari, San Mateo
[BROKEN LINK REMOVED] Shoyu ramen and Tan-tan miso men
http://chowhound.com/california/board... Asari shio ramen
[BROKEN LINK REMOVED] Miso corn ramen and Tonkotsu deluxe ramen
[BROKEN LINK REMOVED] Kanitami ramen
http://chowhound.com/california/board... Jar jar men and Wonton ramen
http://chowhound.com/california/board... Hiyashi chu-ka
5. Ryowa, Mountain View
[BROKEN LINK REMOVED] Original Ryowa ramen and fried chicken special
[BROKEN LINK REMOVED] Original Ryowa ramen
http://chowhound.com/california/board... Won ton with special noodles
http://chowhound.com/california/board... Hiyashi chuka
6. Tanto, Sunnyvale
http://chowhound.com/california/board... Littleneck clam shio ramen
http://chowhound.com/california/board... Zaru ramen
[BROKEN LINK REMOVED] Ramen salad
7. Maru Ichi, Mountain View
http://chowhound.com/california/board... Special kuro ramen
[BROKEN LINK REMOVED] Maru Ichi special ramen and Miso ramen
8.Do-Henkotsu House of Tokushima Ramen, San Jose
[BROKEN LINK REMOVED] Sparerib ramen
http://chowhound.com/california/board... Niku iri ramen and Sparerib ramen
9. Gen Ramen, Fremont
[BROKEN LINK REMOVED] Takana kimchee ramen and Gen ramen
http://chowhound.com/california/board... Pork belly shoyu ramen
http://chowhound.com/california/board... Cold ramen
10. BY Grill, San Francisco
[BROKEN LINK REMOVED] Tonpo pork tonkotsu ramen
11.Norikonoko, Berkeley
http://chowhound.com/california/board... Shoyu ramen
12.Hana, San Jose
[BROKEN LINK REMOVED] Spicy sesame noodles (ramen)
http://chowhound.com/california/board... Pork, vegetable & egg soup noodles (ramen)
13.Masa’s Sushi, Mountain View
[BROKEN LINK REMOVED] Pork flavor ramen special
14.Oyaji, San Francisco
[BROKEN LINK REMOVED] Tonkotsu ramen
15.Maru Ichi, Milpitas
http://chowhound.com/california/board... Basic kuro ramen
http://chowhound.com/california/board... Special tonkotsu ramen
16.Niko Niko Sushi/Katanaya, San Francisco
[BROKEN LINK REMOVED] Chashu ramen
17. Hatcho, Santa Clara
http://chowhound.com/california/board... Spicy seafood ramen
18.Tomoe, San Rafael (retired)
[BROKEN LINK REMOVED] Shoyu ramen
19.Ringer Hut, San Jose
[BROKEN LINK REMOVED] Nagasaki champon
20.Izakaya Mai, San Mateo
http://chowhound.com/california/board... Kimchee champon ramen
21.Ramen Club, Burlingame
[BROKEN LINK REMOVED] Shio ramen and Mini super shoyu ramen
http://chowhound.com/california/board... Won ton (shio) ramen
http://chowhound.com/california/board... Seafood Ramen and BBQ Rib & Kimchee Ramen
22.Tazaki Sushi, San Francisco
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23.Ramen Rama, Cupertino
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24.Ogi-San Ramen, Cupertino
[BROKEN LINK REMOVED] Stewed pork tonkotsu ramen
25.Kaimuki Grill, San Mateo
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26.Tanto, San Jose
http://chowhound.com/california/board... Littleneck clam ramen
27.Okazu Ya SF (Noriega), San Francisco
[BROKEN LINK REMOVED] Asari ramen
28.King’s Garden Ramen, Newark
[BROKEN LINK REMOVED] Cha su ramen and Spicy pork ramen
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30. Mitsuwa Hokkaido Festival Booth, San Jose
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31.Lakuni, San Mateo
[BROKEN LINK REMOVED] Shoyu ramen
32.Mifune Restaurant, San Francisco
33.Iroha, San Francisco
http://chowhound.com/california/board... Shoyu ramen and Miso ramen
34.Miraku Noodles, Walnut Creek
http://chowhound.com/california/board... Miso ramen and Pork ramen
35.Manpuku, Berkeley
[BROKEN LINK REMOVED] Champon
36.Tanpopo, San Francisco
[BROKEN LINK REMOVED] Champon chasu ramen
37.Sushi Yoshi, Newark
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38.Suzu Noodle House, San Francisco
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39.La Shang Niang Ramen (OEC), Milpitas
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40.Oidon, San Mateo
[BROKEN LINK REMOVED] Miso chasu men
41.Sapporo-ya, San Francisco
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42.Tokyo Ramen, Milpitas
[BROKEN LINK REMOVED] Beef ramen and Tonkotsu ramen
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43.Kamakura, Alameda
http://chowhound.com/california/board... Seafood champon and agedashi tofu
44.Mama-san!, San Francisco
http://chowhound.com/california/board... Miso ramen
45.Katanaya, El Cerrito
[BROKEN LINK REMOVED] Shoyu ramen
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46.Hotei, San Francisco
[BROKEN LINK REMOVED] Pork ramen
47.Bear’s Ramen House, Berkeley
[BROKEN LINK REMOVED] Spam ramen

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