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Cold Wasabi Ramen @ Tokyo Ramen, Milpitas

Melanie Wong | Nov 20, 2005 01:11 AM

Against my better judgement it turns out, I returned to Tokyo Ramen to try the cold noodles. The menu has been expanded since my last visit (link below) to include knife-cut noodles as well as the handpulled ramen.

The complimentary California roll were as bad as the last time. The handpulled noodles themselves were still exemplary with a firm chewy texture. It's really a shame that this place can't figure out how to showcase this handiwork.

The cold noodles were topped with a fine julienne of boiled ham, omelet, fish cake, carrots and cucumber and a sprinkle of corn niblets. The knifework was really beautiful. However, these toppings were soaking wet and dripped all over the noodles diluting further what little flavor was to be had here. I tried to drain off more of the water onto my tray before adding the wasabi-sesame dressing, but the waterlogged ingredient defect could not be cured completely. A dollop of fishy roe crowned the dish.

Bad as that may sound, it was actually better than my first visit. I've moved Tokyo Ramen up one notch to #40.

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.Niko Niko Sushi/Katanaya, San Francisco
16.Hatcho, Santa Clara
17.Maru Ichi, Milpitas
18.Tomoe, San Rafael
19.Ringer Hut, San Jose
20.Izakaya Mai, San Mateo
21.Ramen Club, Burlingame
22.Tazaki Sushi, San Francisco
23.Ramen Rama, Cupertino
24.Ogi-San Ramen, Cupertino
25.Kaimuki Grill, San Mateo
26.Tanto, San Jose
27.Okazu Ya SF (Noriega), San Francisco
28.King’s Garden Ramen, Newark
29.Sushi Bistro, San Francisco
30.Mitsuwa Hokkaido festival booth, San Jose
31.Lakuni, San Mateo
32.Iroha, San Francisco
33.Miraku Noodles, Walnut Creek
34.Manpuku, Berkeley
35.Tanpopo, San Francisco
36.Sushi Yoshi, Newark
37.Suzu Noodle House, San Francisco
38.Oidon, San Mateo
39.Sapporo-ya, San Francisco
40.Tokyo Ramen, Milpitas
41.Kamakura, Alameda
42.Mama-san!, San Francisco
43.Katana-ya Ramen, El Cerrito
44.Hotei, San Francisco
45.Bear’s Ramen House, Berkeley

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