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Kairakutei ramen - Tustin

Gachimai | Jul 22, 200504:26 PM

Well, after hearing about this place and craving it for awhile, I finally headed over for lunch. The place seemed promising, reminded me of a ramen place when I was living in Japan. The menu looked good and the prices seemed great. Someone in a blog had mentioned "hearty portion", if this was authentic. Acutally, it is. In Japanese, its called 大盛り (Oomori) You can ask for this in any ramen shop. We ordered ramen (tonkotsu shoyu, tonkotsu shio, and hiyashi chuka) pork soy sauce, pork salt and cold chinese style noodles, as well as fried rice and gyoza. Had to say that the only good thing was the fried rice. The ramen was disappointing and isn't even close to the taste of Santouka. The soup just didn't have the flavor that tonkotsu is supposed to have. If you want to get the best tasting ramen in the area, go to Santouka. I haven't met anyone who didn't like it. I work in a Japanese company and everyone here raves about Santouka. If you go to Kairakutei, just get the fried rice.

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