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Ramen-ya and other ramen thoughts.

Thi N. | Mar 22, 200604:03 PM

For a while, Ramen-ya was my favorite non-kyushu ramen joint in town. Far better than the nearby Asahi. For a while, they dipped. Stock started tasting likes chemicals, ramen noodles crapped out.

Now they're good again. Firm, nutty-tasting, beautiful noodles.

I still like 'em better than the fancier Chuwabata, or whatever that expensiver new ramen place up Sawtelle is called. Chuwnamawba or whatever has all these delicate flavors, but the noodles at the center feel... dead to me. There is no magic in those noodles.

Current ramen thoughts:

Favorite regular ramen: ramen-ya. Second favorite: Oomasa, in Little Tokyo. Good spicy.

Favorite kyushu-style: hakata ramen shin-sen-gumi, for suave all-together wonder. Second favorite - daikokoyu in Little Tokyo, for a more complex experience. Daikokoyu (also probably mispelled) is probably tops for people who really want to dissect their soup and analyze the complexity of its flavor. There is more obvious dense multilayered broth flavor there. But Shin-sen-gumi is just... strange simple magic to me. Something about the velvety, dense pork-broth and the gentler noodles.

-thi

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