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Sobo Ramen in Oakland Chinatown


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Sobo Ramen in Oakland Chinatown

Melanie Wong | Feb 27, 2013 12:53 AM

This month I dropped by Sobo Ramen for lunch, ordering the Tonkotsu Ramen with Mayu $9.50. The drizzle of mayu (black garlic oil) added a fragrant and roasted complexity to the emulsified pork bone broth. Otherwise the stock would have been strictly monotonal, striking a pleasant meaty uncomplicated tone but simple nonetheless. The toppings included chashu, soft boiled egg, bean sprout, green onion and sesame seeds. Noodles were oddly gummy to the bite and bland, picking up little flavor of the broth.

The chashu, a couple thin slices of spiraled pork belly, had good flavor and the right amount of fat for me, but was oddly brittle in texture. Tablehopper’s report of the opening indicated that Sobo uses Llano Seco organic pork but I was unable to verify that.

The egg was cooked gently with a jelly-like yolk. However, the half egg portion was sliced haphazardly and dinged up losing part of the yolk. Also it was not seasoned as well nor as rich as Yonsei’s, for example.

This bowl never came together for me in a harmonious way, each element stood apart from the others. Sobo Ramen enters the ranking at #27.

Sobo Ramen
988 Franklin St
Oakland, CA 94607
(510) 832-7626

Earlier reports on Sobo:

1. Ramen Halu, 375 Saratoga Ave Ste M, San Jose
2. Tsujita, 2057 Sawtelle Blvd, Los Angeles
3. Himawari, 202 2nd Ave, San Mateo
4. Orenchi Ramen, 3540 Homestead Rd, Santa Clara
5. Santouka, 675 Saratoga Ave, San Jose
6. Maru Ichi, 368 Castro St, Mountain View
7. Izakaya Mai, 212 2nd Avenue, San Mateo
8. Gaku Japanese Charcoal Grill, 5152 Moorpark Ave, San Jose
9. Yonsei Ramen Shop @ Hopscotch, 1915 San Pablo Ave, Oakland
10. Ajisen Noodle, 47890 Warm Springs Blvd, Fremont
11. Maru Ichi, 530 Barber Lane, Milpitas
12. Ramen Dojo, 805 South B St, San Mateo
13. Shalala, 698 W Dana St, Mountain View
14. Tanto, 1063 E El Camino Real, Sunnyvale
15. Izakaya Restaurant, 1335 N 1st St, San Jose
16. Alexander’s Steakhouse Lounge, 10330 N Wolfe Rd, Cupertino
17. Santa, 1944 South El Camino Real, San Mateo
18. Do-Henkotsu House of Tokushima Ramen, 4330 Moorpark Ave, San Jose (closed)
19. Ramen Tenma, 487 Saratoga Ave, San Jose
20. Ryowa, 859 Villa St, Mountain View
21. Orson Restaurant Bar + Lounge, 508 4th St, San Francisco (closed)
22. Sumiya, 2634 Homestead Rd, Santa Clara
23. Gen Ramen, 47890 Warm Springs Blvd, Fremont (closed)
24. Hana Japanese Restaurant, 101 Golf Course Dr, Rohnert Park
25. Ken Ken Ramen, pop-up at The Corner, San Francisco (closed, moved)
26. Kyora Japanese Restaurant, 1217 Wildwood Ave, Sunnyvale (closed)
27. Sobo, 988 Franklin St, Oakland
28. BY Grill, 3226 Geary Blvd, San Francisco (closed)
29. Norikonoko, 2556 Telegraph Ave, Berkeley
30. Dohatsuten, 799 San Antonio Rd, Palo Alto
31. Hana, 4320 Moorpark, San Jose
32. Ozumo, 2251 Broadway, Oakland
33. Muracci’s, 244 State St, Los Altos
34. Katanaya, 430 Geary Blvd., San Francisco
35. Tadamasa, 34672 Alvarado Niles Road, Union City
36. Masa's Sushi, 400 San Antonio Road, Mountain View
37. Ippuku, 2130 Center St, Berkeley
38. Nombe, 2491 Mission St, San Francisco
39. Gochi, 19980 Homestead Rd, Cupertino
40. Oyaji, 3123 Clement St, San Francisco
41. Ramen Misoya, 3541 Homestead Rd, Santa Clara
42. Chubby Noodle, 570 Green St, San Francisco
43. Ame Restaurant, 689 Mission St, San Francisco
44. Yu-Raku, 104 S El Camino Real, San Mateo
45. Namu, 439 Balboa St, San Francisco (moved)
46. Halu Restaurant, 312 8th Ave, San Francisco
47. Sanmi, 3226 Geary Blvd, San Francisco (closed)
48. Hatcho, 1271 Franklin Mall, Santa Clara
49. Kahoo, 4330 Moorpark Ave, San Jose
50. Tomoe, 810 3rd St, San Rafael (closed)
51. Ringer Hut, 1072 Saratoga Ave, San Jose
52. Noodle Theory, 3242 Scott St, San Francisco (closed)
53. Watami Shabu Shabu and Ramen, 5344 Geary Blvd, San Francisco (closed)
54. Where’s Buta by Elgin Espiritu and June Lee, Eat Real Festival, Oakland
55. Kumako, 211 E. Jackson Street, San Jose
56. Japanese Restaurant Hoshi, 246 Saratoga Avenue, Santa Clara
57. Ramen Club, 723 California Dr, Burlingame
58. Saiwaii Ramen, 2240 Irving St, San Francisco
59. Ryowa, 2068 University Ave, Berkeley (after ownership change)
60. King Won Ton, 1936 Irving St, San Francisco
61. Tazaki Sushi, 3420 Judah St, San Francisco
62. Ramen Rama, 19774 Stevens Creek Blvd, Cupertino (closed)
63. Ogi-San Ramen, 10789 Blaney Ave, Cupertino (closed)
64. Kaimuki Grill, 104 S El Camino Real, San Mateo (closed)
65. Tanto, 1306 Saratoga Ave, San Jose (now Dan Izakaya)
66. Okazu Ya SF (Noriega), 2445 Noriega St, San Francisco
67. King's Garden Ramen, 39055 Cedar Blvd, Newark (closed)
68. Sushi Bistro, 445 Balboa St, San Francisco (closed, moved)
69. Genki Ramen, 3944 Geary Blvd, San Francisco
70. Mitsuwa Hokkaido festival booth, 675 Saratoga Ave, San Jose
71. Dan Izakaya, 1306 Saratoga Ave, San Jose
72. Lakuni, 325 E 4th Ave, San Mateo
73. 100% Healthy Desserts, 1155 Taraval St., San Francisco
74. Mifune, 1737 Post St, San Francisco
75. H2A Noodle, 42318 Fremont Blvd., Fremont (closed)
76. Iroha, 1728 Buchanan St, San Francisco
77. Miraku Noodles, 2131 N Broadway, Walnut Creek
78. Manpuku, 2977 College Ave, Berkeley
79. Tanpopo, 1740 Buchanan Street, San Francisco
80. Sushi Yoshi, 39261 Cedar Blvd, Newark
81. La Shang Niang Ramen (OEC), 42 Dixon Rd, Milpitas (closed)
82. Oidon, 71 E. 4th Avenue, San Mateo
83. Taraval Okazu Ya, 1735 Taraval St., San Francisco
84. Suzu Noodle House, 1581 Webster Street, San Francisco
85. Bushido Izakaya, 156 Castro St, Mountain View
86. Fresh Taste, 2107 El Camino Real, Palo Alto
87. Asuka Ramen, 883 Bush St, San Francisco (closed)
88. Sapporo-ya, 1581 Webster St, San Francisco
89. Tokyo Ramen, 678 Barber Lane, Milpitas (closed)
90. Kamakura, 2549 Santa Clara Ave, Alameda
91. Mama-san!, 312 8th Ave, San Francisco (closed)
92. Katana-ya Ramen, 10546 San Pablo Ave, El Cerrito
93. Hotei, 1290 9th Ave, San Francisco
94. Bear's Ramen House, 2521 Durant, Berkeley

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