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KK | Dec 30, 200401:26 AM    

Had dinner with friends earlier tonight at San Mateo's Himawari.

This time I ordered the asari shio ramen (clams), $9.50. The noodles portion was generous, and the clam count wasn't bad. Good thing was that the clams were not fishy, and I did like the broth, which had a light pork based flavor to it (non creamy) seasoned with something similar to rock salt (might have been the Okinawa salt they claim to use).

I remember having the Saratoga Tanto clams ramen when the owner Ryu-san was still working there. Thought it was good, but not fantastic. Himawari's version is tastier IMO. Perhaps I should try Sunnyvale Tanto's one myself just to compare.

My better half had the kakuni (fatty stewed pork) with tokyo negi ramen in miso broth. This time instead of being too sweet, the broth had a different taste to it, maybe a little sake. Anyway it was not very good when I had a sample spoon to try. Perhaps the soy sauce and salt broths would be better overall. Quite disappointing, considering I am a big fan of pork based ramen broths and it looks like miso is the only version that has stronger pork flavor in it at Himawari.

The clams ramen is definitely a personal favorite this time round and I will order it again next time round.

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