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Pork, Vegetables and Egg Soup Noodles (Ramen) @ Hana, San Jose

Melanie Wong | Dec 25, 2005 10:03 PM

A few weeks ago I tried the noodle, gyoza and salad combo lunch, $9.50, at Hana in San Jose. I chose the yaki gyoza, which may have been a mistake, as the type of wrapper seemed like these were dumplings made for boiling and might have been better as they were intended.

Despite that inauspicious start, I was charmed again by the chewy, handmade noodles here. In a soothing pork stock and topped with a stir-fry of pork, bean sprouts, and julienned carrots, snow peas and wood ears bound together with soft curds of scrambled egg the combination tasted and looked very much like ramen's Chinese roots in chao ma mian. The topping had more of a steamed character than the sizzled flavor and aroma that could be imparted by a flaming hot wok.

While I didn't like this version as much as the spicy sesame noodles here, Hana holds onto its #12 ranking.

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. Ryowa, 859 Villa St, Mountain View
6. Tanto, 1063 E El Camino Real, Sunnyvale
7. Maru Ichi, 368 Castro St, Mountain View
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
11.Norikonoko, 2556 Telegraph Ave, Berkeley
12.Hana, 4320 Moorpark, San Jose
13.Masa's Sushi, 400 San Antonio Road, Mountain View
14.Oyaji, 3123 Clement St, San Francisco
15.Niko Niko Sushi/Katanaya, 336 O'Farrell St, San Francisco
16.Hatcho, 1271 Franklin Mall, Santa Clara
17.Maru Ichi, 530 Barber Lane, Milpitas
18.Tomoe, 810 3rd St, San Rafael (closed)
19.Ringer Hut, 1072 Saratoga Ave, San Jose
20.Izakaya Mai, 212 2nd Avenue, San Mateo
21.Ramen Club, 723 California Dr, Burlingame
22.Tazaki Sushi, 3420 Judah St, San Francisco
23.Ramen Rama, 19774 Stevens Creek Blvd, Cupertino
24.Ogi-San Ramen, 10789 Blaney Ave, Cupertino
25.Kaimuki Grill, 104 S El Camino Real, San Mateo
26.Tanto, 1306 Saratoga Ave, San Jose
27.Okazu Ya SF (Noriega), 2445 Noriega St, San Francisco
28.King's Garden Ramen, 39055 Cedar Blvd, Newark
29.Sushi Bistro, 445 Balboa St, San Francisco
30.Mitsuwa Hokkaido festival booth, 675 Saratoga Ave, San Jose
31.Lakuni, 325 E 4th Ave, San Mateo
32.Mifune, 1737 Post St, San Francisco
33.Iroha, 1728 Buchanan St, San Francisco
34.Miraku Noodles, 2131 N Broadway, Walnut Creek
35.Manpuku, 2977 College Ave, Berkeley
36.Tanpopo, 1740 Buchanan Street, San Francisco
37.Sushi Yoshi, 39261 Cedar Blvd, Newark
38.Suzu Noodle House, 1581 Webster Street, San Francisco
39.La Shang Niang Ramen (OEC), 42 Dixon Rd, Milpitas
40.Oidon, 71 E. 4th Avenue, San Mateo
41.Sapporo-ya, 1581 Webster St, San Francisco
42.Tokyo Ramen, 678 Barber Lane, Milpitas
43.Kamakura, 2549 Santa Clara Ave, Alameda
44.Mama-san!, 312 8th Ave, San Francisco
45.Katana-ya Ramen, 10546 San Pablo Ave, El Cerrito
46.Hotei, 1290 9th Ave, San Francisco
47.Bear's Ramen House, 2521 Durant, Berkeley

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