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Ramen at Hotei, SF

Melanie Wong | Mar 23, 200403:28 PM

This will be short as there’s little good to say about the ramen here. The miso broth was grainy and watery tasting like it’s made from instant mix. Noodles turn soft right away and the bamboo shoots were tasteless. The half of a plain hardboiled egg was cooked extra hard yet surprisingly the yolk managed to not turn gray around the edge. The one highlight was the three strips of roast pork made from the belly cut. Also didn’t mind the green salad served on the side even though the iceberg was too limp.

Ebi gyoza, featuring a whole shrimp embedded in the pork filling with the tails protruding from the rim looked and tasted like they were made ahead and microwaved before serving. The wrappers were tattered and had holes in them.

Stay away, stay far away from this Ebisu spin-off. It has stolen last place in my estimation from El Cerrito’s Katanaya in the ramen rounds.

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