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Kobe Ramen in Little Tokyo Review (Long)


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Kobe Ramen in Little Tokyo Review (Long)

Bon Appetit | Jan 2, 2005 11:36 PM

Went the Little Tokyo for ramen the other day, but Daikokuya was closed (for the 12/31 and 1/1). We saw that Mr. Ramen was crowded and did not want to wait too long even at 1:30pm. A few doors down the block (closer to city hall) saw a ramen place that has some people but not crowded Kobe Ramen on 1st st. My friend and I decided to give it a try.

We order their most popular ramen (per waiter), R#1 beef ramen and I have R#6 pork ramen hoping it a subsitute. With both ramen stated to having mild spicy (with mild, medium, or hot selections).

Even with not even half full, it too more than 10 minutes to get our food. While we were waiting, there was a women that seem to be the owner behind the counter teaching the staff how to make the food. Should have see this as a bad sign. Over heard her telling her staff to put a little of this and a little of that in chinese. Another bad sign, not real Japanese. She will move from the counter and sit and chat/exchange telephone number with some guy eating alone on the counter table several times. Note: she was wearing some fancy top with mini skirt. On two occasions she will lean on the counter and talk with the staff behind the counter. My friend and I can almost see her rear end/underwear only need 1 or 2 more inches. Not that she's great looking or something like it, an turn off for our stomach.

When the food finally arrived the waiter said spicy pork ramen and spicy beef. I then tell him that we order mild, then he change his words to mild and left the food on our table.

I then look at the menu for the description of the ramen and what was presented. It seem that only the ramen consist of ramen, few pieces of meat, half an egg and some seaweeds after flipping the food. Missing corn(for pork), cabbage, tofu, and bamboo sprouts from the menu. My friend is fine with the missing stuff as he is hungry, I then as the waiter to add some corn. Sure enough 2 ears of baby corn was cut into pieces on top of the noodles.

As I ate and perspire profoundly in the spicy soup base ramen, mine friend ask what's wrong with me? We then exchange a taste of the soup base. It is clear that my soup was HOT not Mild as ordered. I then ask for a new batch without any spicyness. As the waiter take the noodle away from me and ask the chief in training to remake the noodle the owner then turn around and look at me in the corner of her eyes.

When the ramen was represented to me, it was not a new batch. Only part of the soup base was changed as there were stains on the side of the bowl and I can still taste some heat(spiciness) left in them. Since I was starving, I did not want to complain again and found anything SPECIAL added to my food while waiting another 15 minutes.

I then eat in a hurry and drank the whole glass of cold water to cool off my tongue/mouth. My friend told me that the beef was tough/over cooked while I have the fatty pork meat (piece of fat layer floating around)

Rating:1-10 with 10 highest
Decoration: 5 (there was an plasma tv showing fine living channel while we wait for our food)

Avoid this place at all cost!!! Will never go back at any condition.

PS. We went to Daikokuya tonight in the rain and it was pack. Food is worth the wait as ever.

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