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Seafood Champon, Agedashi Tofu & Gyuhi @ Kamakura, Alameda

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Seafood Champon, Agedashi Tofu & Gyuhi @ Kamakura, Alameda

Melanie Wong | Jun 21, 2005 03:53 AM

The Kamakura seafood champon was a flop with overcooked shrimp, squid legs, a clam, and surimi compounded with mushy ramen (the dry packaged type) and tinny stock. The stir-fried bean sprouts and cabbage were overcooked to mush too. The fried slice of fish cake was the only tasty thing in that bowl. The soup did become a bit more interesting with the addition of the dab of wasabi and crunchy tempura batter crumbs provided, but not much.

However, the airy, light-colored and greaseless crumbs did indicate that the tempura might be worth ordering. This expertise in frying came through in the agedashi tofu I had ordered to diversify my risk here. The starchy coating on the cubes of silken tofu was fluffed up and really crispy. The dashi was a bit on the sweet side and would have been better with daikon oroshi, but overall, I thought this was a very good rendition.

I had room for dessert and ordered a gyuhi. In different forms to fit the season, the red apple shape is available now. Molded of mochi and filled with azuki bean paste, the small sweet was glazed to look just like a red apple complete with stem and leaf.

PERSONAL RAMEN RANKINGS

1. Ramen Halu, San Jose
2. Santa, San Mateo
3. Ryowa, Berkeley
4. Himawari, San Mateo
5. Ryowa, Mountain View
6. Maru Ichi, Mountain View
7. Tanto, Sunnyvale
8. Do-Henkotsu House of Tokushima Ramen, San Jose
9. Gen Ramen, Fremont
10.BY Grill, San Francisco
11.Norikonoko, Berkeley
12.Masa’s Sushi, Mountain View
13.Oyaji, San Francisco
14.Maru Ichi, Milpitas
15.Tomoe, San Rafael
16.Ringer Hut, San Jose
17.Tazaki Sushi, San Francisco
18.Ramen Rama, Cupertino
19.Ogi-San Ramen, Cupertino
20.Kaimuki Grill, San Mateo
21.Tanto, San Jose
22.Okazu Ya SF (Noriega), San Francisco
23.Ramen Club, Burlingame
24.King’s Garden Ramen, Newark
25.Sushi Bistro, San Francisco
26.Lakuni, San Mateo
27.Iroha, San Francisco
28.Miraku Noodles, Walnut Creek
29.Manpuku, Berkeley
30.Tanpopo, San Francisco
31.Sushi Yoshi, Newark
32.Suzu Noodle House, San Francisco
33.Oidon, San Mateo
34.Katanaya, El Cerrito
35.Sapporo-ya, San Francisco
36.Kamakura, Alameda
37.Tokyo Ramen, Milpitas
38.Hotei, San Francisco
39.Bear’s Ramen House, Berkeley

Link: http://kamakurarestaurant.com/

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