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Ryowa Ramen in Berkeley

oakjoan | Aug 19, 200501:59 AM

We ate at Ryowa last night and it was great! Not being a Ramaniac like Melanie Wong, I haven't tried any of the other ramen places around. I've led such a sheltered life.

We had trouble finding it because there is not a sign on the front at all. There's a little sign in the window or on the door, but we had to call to ask where they were and we were standing right across the street. There are a couple of big orange paper lanterns in the window, with Japanese characters on them. Look for them.

We ordered a bowl each. Can't remember what they were called, but mine had lots of fresh corn kernels on top, thin slices of what looked like beef, green onions and noodles. The broth was delicious and the noodles chewy in a good way. My husband's had pieces of pork - skin, fat, meat. I think it was called "side pork" on the menu but I'm not sure.

His broth was more salty than mine but stopped just short of being too salty. Mixed with a mouthful of noodles, it was just right.

I can't believe I've never had ramen (aside from the plastic packages of Top Ramen in supermarkets) before. We will be back. The cook and the waitress were attentive and very nice.

Last night it was cold and foggy in Berkely, and the big, steaming bowls of broth and noodles were very welcome.


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