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Ramen at Tazaki Sushi, SF

Melanie Wong | Jun 8, 200505:53 AM

Recently I stopped by Tazaki Sushi (formerly Judah Okazu Ya) to try the ramen for lunch. The menu offers a handful of iterations/flavors. Can't remember the Japanese term for it (maybe moriwase?), but when I asked my waitress what one was, she mumbled, "beef stir-fry".

What I was served was indeed topped with a stir-fry, but made with strips of pork, not beef, and bean sprouts. The toasted sesame seeds and the fresly chopped scallions added a nice fragrance. The crinkly fresh noodles had a good snap and chewiness to them. The near clear stock had good depth and porcine sweetness. While it was saltier than the ramen at the other Chinese-operated places and came pretty close, it didn't quite taste entirely Japanese. It was a nice bowl of noodles though and better than most.

The staff spoke Chinese to each other and the man who appeared to be the owner/manager was reading a Chinese newspaper at the sushi bar. I asked him when the ownership and name had changed. He said it was some time ago. Wouldn't know it from the external signage and the menus which still say Judah Okazu Ya.

Tazaki Sushi
3420 Judah St. @ 39th Ave.
San Francisco 94122
Tues-Sun, noon to 3pm
Sun-thurs,5pm to 10pm
Fri & Sat,5pm to 11pm


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