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Spicy Sesame Noodles (Ramen) @ Hana, San Jose

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Spicy Sesame Noodles (Ramen) @ Hana, San Jose

Melanie Wong | Oct 3, 2005 04:51 PM

Last week I finally made it to Hana to try the handmade, Chinese-style noodles aka ramen. It was a warm day, so I skipped the version with pork soup and focused on a cold style.

Shown below are the cold spicy sesame noodles, $6.95. The slightly sweet dusky seasonings in the sauce were very complex and deep as well as very spicy hot. The taste was richly round and complete. Topped with a mound of red oil-tinted garlic paste, some crushed roasted peanuts, a dash of white pepper, and slivers of cucumber, the handmade noodles were fantastic. Silky and slippery in texture, they were cut in varying widths and bounced with each bite.

As it sat, the fire of the chili oil overtook the overall balance of the dish. Otherwise, this was just about a perfect rendition earning it the #12 slot on the rankings. I can't wait to try the other combinations here.

Hana
4320 Moorpark Ave.
San Jose
408-255-1187
Closed Mondays
Cash only

PERSONAL RAMEN RANKINGS

1. Ramen Halu, San Jose
2. Santa, San Mateo
3. Ryowa, Berkeley
4. Himawari, San Mateo
5. Ryowa, Mountain View
6. Tanto, Sunnyvale
7. Maru Ichi, Mountain View
8. Do-Henkotsu House of Tokushima Ramen, San Jose
9. Gen Ramen, Fremont
10.BY Grill, San Francisco
11.Norikonoko, Berkeley
12.Hana, San Jose
13.Masa’s Sushi, Mountain View
14.Oyaji, San Francisco
15.Hatcho, Santa Clara
16.Maru Ichi, Milpitas
17.Tomoe, San Rafael
18.Ringer Hut, San Jose
19.Izakaya Mai, San Mateo
20.Ramen Club, Burlingame
21.Tazaki Sushi, San Francisco
22.Ramen Rama, Cupertino
23.Ogi-San Ramen, Cupertino
24.Kaimuki Grill, San Mateo
25.Tanto, San Jose
26.Okazu Ya SF (Noriega), San Francisco
27.King’s Garden Ramen, Newark
28.Sushi Bistro, San Francisco
29.Mitsuwa Hokkaido festival booth, San Jose
30.Lakuni, San Mateo
31.Iroha, San Francisco
32.Miraku Noodles, Walnut Creek
33.Manpuku, Berkeley
34.Tanpopo, San Francisco
35.Sushi Yoshi, Newark
36.Suzu Noodle House, San Francisco
37.Oidon, San Mateo
38.Sapporo-ya, San Francisco
39.Kamakura, Alameda
40.Tokyo Ramen, Milpitas
41.Mama-san!, San Francisco
42.Katana-ya Ramen, El Cerrito
43.Hotei, San Francisco
44.Bear’s Ramen House, Berkeley

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