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Kanitami Ramen @ Himawari, San Mateo and Explanation of Rankings

Melanie Wong | Jul 3, 2005 03:09 PM

A couple weeks ago, I stopped by Himawari for a quick lunch to try something different from the set list of ramen combinations. Kanitami ramen, $9.50, is described as snow crab omelet in shoyu stock. This time I asked for the noodles to be cooked "hard".

The round cake of fluffy omelet was as wide as the bowl. Perched on the mound of noodles with a bit of it poking above the surface of the stock, the omelet was topped with a brown pork-flavored gravy and a sprinkle of chopped scallions. Egg foo yung ramen! The snow crab was plentiful in the omelet and mild in flavor. The spongey texture of the eggs soaked up the stock. Ordered "hard", the thin noodles were just right in texture this time. The shoyu stock was sprinkled with bits of pork fat and accented with a splash of rice vinegar which gave it an bright balance of sweet, savory, salty, and sour flavorings.

I enjoyed this bowl, but it's not something I crave. This may just be personal preference. Still, I continue to be impressed with Himawari's skill.

Himawari
202 E. 2nd Ave.
San Mateo 94401
650-375-1005
Mon-Thurs 11:30-23:00
Fri-Sat 11:30-midnight
Sundays 11:30-21:00

KK had asked previously for some explanation of the relative rankings. I've ranked the establishments based on performance on individual bowls of ramen. This means that one house could make one fabulous combination and everything else poorly and still come out number 1 based on that one bowl. I've added the urls of each ramen report below so that you can see what I've tried at each place. If there are combos that anyone feels are stronger at a particular place, please let me know. I want to try each establishment's best effort.

Among the top 5, any one of these could be the best ramen in the Bay Area, depending on whether the kitchen is having a good day and your own personal preference. I consider each of these places "destinations", worth traveling out of your way.

The cut off point for what I consider good to excellent ramen with authentic taste is #15 Tomoe. These are reliable bets and worth a try.

From there down to #25 Sushi Bistro are good to fair bowls. If you are nearby and the craving for any ol' bowl of ramen hits, then check these out.

PERSONAL RAMEN RANKINGS

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

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