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Hiyashi Chuka @ Ryowa Ramen House, Mountain View

Melanie Wong | Oct 1, 2005 12:00 AM

Earlier this month I stopped in Mountain View to try the warm weather-only hiyashi chuka, $8.50, cold ramen salad. This was the best one yet, made with the slippery and chewy handmade special noodles.

Offered a choice of spicy or regular sauce on the side, I went with spicy. And, it was! I must have gulped about four glasses of cold tea with it. But the complexity of the sesame paste and other seasonings rounded out the heat and I couldn't help but continue eating through the pain. This was topped with julienned shreds of omelet, roast pork, chicken, cucumber, red ginger, sesame and vinegar marinated jelly fish, tomato, and preserved cabbage hearts, plus shredded nori, wakame, half a hard-boiled egg, and scallions. Each bite had so much going on and was different from the next. I never got tired of it and finished the whole heaping plateful.

When I was there, I asked how long this would be on the menu. At that point it was through the end of the month. I just checked again, and they told me that it will probably be offered for the next week, but not certain after that. Get it before it's gone till next year!

PERSONAL RAMEN RANKINGS

1. Ramen Halu, San Jose
[BROKEN LINK REMOVED] Shoyu ramen and Halu ramen
[BROKEN LINK REMOVED] Lunch set with okara salad and rice
[BROKEN LINK REMOVED] Pirikara miso ramen and appetizers
[BROKEN LINK REMOVED] Pumpkin ramen and eggplant appetizer
http://chowhound.com/california/board... Shio ramen lunch set and Halu ramen
http://chowhound.com/california/board... Shoyu ramen lunch set
http://chowhound.com/california/board... Shio ryan men
2. Santa, San Mateo
[BROKEN LINK REMOVED] Spicy miso ramen and Roast pork tonkotsu ramen
http://chowhound.com/california/board... Napa cabbage shoyu ramen and Miso corn ramen
http://chowhound.com/california/board... Stewed pork tonkotsu ramen
[BROKEN LINK REMOVED] Curry shoyu ramen and Stewed pork shoyu ramen
3. Ryowa, Berkeley
[BROKEN LINK REMOVED] Fresh side pork with special noodles
http://chowhound.com/california/board... Original Ryowa with special noodles
http://chowhound.com/california/board... Tsukemen (ramen dipper)
4. Himawari, San Mateo
[BROKEN LINK REMOVED] Shoyu ramen and Tan-tan miso men
http://chowhound.com/california/board... Asari shio ramen
[BROKEN LINK REMOVED] Miso corn ramen and Tonkotsu deluxe ramen
[BROKEN LINK REMOVED] Kanitami ramen
http://chowhound.com/california/board... Jar jar men and Wonton ramen
http://chowhound.com/california/board... Hiyashi chu-ka
5. Ryowa, Mountain View
[BROKEN LINK REMOVED] Original Ryowa ramen and fried chicken special
[BROKEN LINK REMOVED] Original Ryowa ramen
http://chowhound.com/california/board... Won ton with special noodles
6. Tanto, Sunnyvale
http://chowhound.com/california/board... Littleneck clam shio ramen
http://chowhound.com/california/board... Zaru ramen
7. Maru Ichi, Mountain View
http://chowhound.com/california/board... Special kuro ramen
[BROKEN LINK REMOVED] Maru Ichi special ramen and Miso ramen
8.Do-Henkotsu House of Tokushima Ramen, San Jose
http://chowhound.com/california/board... Niku iri ramen and Sparerib ramen
[BROKEN LINK REMOVED] Sparerib ramen
9. Gen Ramen, Fremont
[BROKEN LINK REMOVED] Takana kimchee ramen and Gen ramen
http://chowhound.com/california/board... Pork belly shoyu ramen
10. BY Grill, San Francisco
[BROKEN LINK REMOVED] Tonpo pork tonkotsu ramen
11.Norikonoko, Berkeley
http://chowhound.com/california/board... Shoyu ramen
12.Masa’s Sushi, Mountain View
[BROKEN LINK REMOVED] Pork flavor ramen special
13.Oyaji, San Francisco
[BROKEN LINK REMOVED] Tonkotsu ramen
14. Hatcho, Santa Clara
http://chowhound.com/california/board... Spicy seafood ramen
15.Maru Ichi, Milpitas
http://chowhound.com/california/board... Basic kuro ramen
16.Tomoe, San Rafael
[BROKEN LINK REMOVED] Shoyu ramen
17.Ringer Hut, San Jose
[BROKEN LINK REMOVED] Nagasaki champon
18.Izakaya Mai, San Mateo
http://chowhound.com/california/board... Kimchee champon ramen
19.Ramen Club, Burlingame
[BROKEN LINK REMOVED] Shio ramen and Mini super shoyu ramen
http://chowhound.com/california/board... Won ton (shio) ramen
http://chowhound.com/california/board... Seafood Ramen and BBQ Rib & Kimchee Ramen
20.Tazaki Sushi, San Francisco
http://chowhound.com/california/board... Moriawase ramen
21.Ramen Rama, Cupertino
http://chowhound.com/california/board... Ma bo tofu miso ramen and Tonkotsu ramen
22.Ogi-San Ramen, Cupertino
[BROKEN LINK REMOVED] Stewed pork tonkotsu ramen
23.Kaimuki Grill, San Mateo
[BROKEN LINK REMOVED] Miso ramen lunch set
24.Tanto, San Jose
http://chowhound.com/california/board... Littleneck clam ramen
25.Okazu Ya SF (Noriega), San Francisco
[BROKEN LINK REMOVED] Asari ramen
26.King’s Garden Ramen, Newark
[BROKEN LINK REMOVED] Cha su ramen and Spicy pork ramen
27.Sushi Bistro, San Francisco
[BROKEN LINK REMOVED] Shoyu ramen and Miso ramen
28. Mitsuwa Hokkaido Festival Booth, San Jose
http://chowhound.com/california/board...
29.Lakuni, San Mateo
[BROKEN LINK REMOVED] Shoyu ramen
30.Iroha, San Francisco
http://chowhound.com/california/board... Shoyu ramen and Miso ramen
31.Miraku Noodles, Walnut Creek
http://chowhound.com/california/board... Miso ramen and Pork ramen
32.Manpuku, Berkeley
[BROKEN LINK REMOVED] Champon
33.Tanpopo, San Francisco
[BROKEN LINK REMOVED] Champon chasu ramen
34.Sushi Yoshi, Newark
http://chowhound.com/california/board... Tonkotsu ramen
35.Suzu Noodle House, San Francisco
[BROKEN LINK REMOVED] Shoyu ramen
36.Oidon, San Mateo
[BROKEN LINK REMOVED] Miso chasu men
37.Sapporo-ya, San Francisco
[BROKEN LINK REMOVED] Miso ramen
38.Kamakura, Alameda
http://chowhound.com/california/board... Seafood champon and agedashi tofu
39.Tokyo Ramen, Milpitas
[BROKEN LINK REMOVED] Beef ramen and Tonkotsu ramen
40.Mama-san!, San Francisco
http://chowhound.com/california/board... Miso ramen
41.Katanaya, El Cerrito
[BROKEN LINK REMOVED] Shoyu ramen
http://chowhound.com/california/board... House ramen and Kara-age
42.Hotei, San Francisco
[BROKEN LINK REMOVED] Pork ramen
43.Bear’s Ramen House, Berkeley
[BROKEN LINK REMOVED] Spam ramen

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