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Ramen Challenge: Daikokuya vs Hakata Ramen Shinsengumi…

Dommy! | Apr 25, 2006 01:48 PM

As mentioned in my last post, we’ve been on a Japanese kick and found ourselves craving Ramen last Friday. Whoo hoo… first Friday without Lenten guilt and I wanted fatty pork…

But there was a problem… I recently introduced SO to the wonders of Daikokuya. It even just a left over bowl… a few days old… but it made him stand up and take notice how WEAK the ramen at our local joints, Ramen Ya and Asahi were. I want beefy ramen… he said… can’t go back to that light stuff… Making the trek to Little Tokyo was out of the question. So instead I dug deep into the Chowhound repository that is my brain and pulled out Shin Sen Gumi in Gardena… Home of Hakata Ramen…

After a call to be told they didn’t do take out (Their ramen is too precious for that) and too late for the Express counter in Mitsuwa in Torrance, we hopped into the car and headed on over to eat in house…

And their house is located on Redondo Beach Blvd, not to far from the intersection of Crenshaw. Coming from the 405 we had to pass Flossies, which it was a good thing it was so late at night, because Flossies was closed. We arrived to an unassuming strip mall and were greated with SHOUTS! We sat at the counter to watch the show (I like sitting at Daikokuya’s counter too!) and happily ordered…

Potato and Bacon Korokke: I had read about this on a blog and after seeing it was more expensive that the Crab Korokke (I also have been having bad luck with Crab and getting KRAB at Japanese places) I had high hopes. Sadly, they weren’t met. The balls were huge, slathered in Kewpie (A new favorite in the Dommy Household!) but no real taste of Bacon… they also weren’t delicate, but a little heavy. Ah well… We were the for… RAMEN!!

Hakata Ramen: And it was quite the experience getting it… I’ve heard about Ramen places where you get to pick out everything, but neither SO or I had experienced it here in the U.S. It totally caught him off guard. He just said Medium everything and then it was on to me… I ordered my broth medium, light on oily, noodles firm. As for the broth, it truly was special. The broth was indeed hearty… with a boney taste (Supposedly Hakata Ramen has a pork bone base). It was excellent, but I still SLIGHTLY prefer Daikokuyas richer flavor. Also, although Daikokuya doesn’t ask you for all the options, their noodles are done ot the same doneness as the FIRM (Which SO liked much better than his medium noodle) and you can spice things up accordingly

One thing I DID like right away from Shinsengumi was that they had a ½ order of ramen available (although not with extra noodles! :P) . Perfect for people like me who end up with Ramen Leftovers… But the thing I REALLY DIDN’T like and later came to bite us in the butt was that they charged quite a bit for extras. Pork $2, Wontons $2.50, Egg $1, Spicy Miso $.75, Seaweed $1 by the time you get everything that would come in a standard Daikokuy bowl, you’re looking at a $12 bowl of Ramen… So for us, it turned out to be one expensive Ramen Dinner…

So overall, Daikokuya remains my Ramen Champ, (Plus they do take out! ;)) but I am glad to Shinsengumi in the neighborhood when quick craving strikes! :)

Shinsengumi:

http://www.shinsengumiusa.com/G_ramen...

Daikokuya:

http://www.japaneserestaurantinfo.com...

--Dommy!

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