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Special Tonkotsu Ramen @ Maru Ichi, Milpitas

Melanie Wong | Dec 28, 2005 03:09 AM

When I read KK's note about the new spicy miso stock at the original Maru Ichi in Mountain View, I made a mental note to get myself over to the Milpitas location. And, I did last week, but no spicy miso on the menu at this branch.

Instead, I decided to try the Special tonkotsu ramen, recalling a post here holding up Milpitas Maru Ichi for good hakata ramen. The "special" ramen comes with pork belly and spicy cod roe (mentaiko). Since I'm not a fan of the spicy roe in my soup, I asked for it on the side. Also requested the noodles cooked "hard".

The presentation isn't much better than my first visit shortly after this branch opened. But they're doing a better job with the roast pork now and the balance of toppings was a bit better. The pork bone stock was pretty good, not as dense and milky as Santa's. While I've not been a fan of the thin, housemade noodles here, they were cooked to the firmness that I ordered and the thinness went well with the weight of the stock.

Maru Ichi in Milpitas deserves to be bumped up a couple notches. It's elevated to #15 in the rankings.

PERSONAL RAMEN RANKINGS

1. Ramen Halu, San Jose
[BROKEN LINK REMOVED] Shoyu ramen and Halu ramen
[BROKEN LINK REMOVED] Lunch set with okara salad and rice
[BROKEN LINK REMOVED] Pirikara miso ramen and appetizers
[BROKEN LINK REMOVED] Pumpkin ramen and eggplant appetizer
http://chowhound.com/california/board... Shio ramen lunch set and Halu ramen
http://chowhound.com/california/board... Shoyu ramen lunch set
http://chowhound.com/california/board... Shio ryan men
2. Santa, San Mateo
[BROKEN LINK REMOVED] Spicy miso ramen and Roast pork tonkotsu ramen
http://chowhound.com/california/board... Napa cabbage shoyu ramen and Miso corn ramen
http://chowhound.com/california/board... Stewed pork tonkotsu ramen
[BROKEN LINK REMOVED] Curry shoyu ramen and Stewed pork shoyu ramen
3. Ryowa, Berkeley
[BROKEN LINK REMOVED] Fresh side pork with special noodles
http://chowhound.com/california/board... Original Ryowa with special noodles
http://chowhound.com/california/board... Tsukemen (ramen dipper)
4. Himawari, San Mateo
[BROKEN LINK REMOVED] Shoyu ramen and Tan-tan miso men
http://chowhound.com/california/board... Asari shio ramen
[BROKEN LINK REMOVED] Miso corn ramen and Tonkotsu deluxe ramen
[BROKEN LINK REMOVED] Kanitami ramen
http://chowhound.com/california/board... Jar jar men and Wonton ramen
http://chowhound.com/california/board... Hiyashi chu-ka
5. Ryowa, Mountain View
[BROKEN LINK REMOVED] Original Ryowa ramen and fried chicken special
[BROKEN LINK REMOVED] Original Ryowa ramen
http://chowhound.com/california/board... Won ton with special noodles
http://chowhound.com/california/board... Hiyashi chuka
6. Tanto, Sunnyvale
http://chowhound.com/california/board... Littleneck clam shio ramen
http://chowhound.com/california/board... Zaru ramen
[BROKEN LINK REMOVED] Ramen salad
7. Maru Ichi, Mountain View
http://chowhound.com/california/board... Special kuro ramen
[BROKEN LINK REMOVED] Maru Ichi special ramen and Miso ramen
8.Do-Henkotsu House of Tokushima Ramen, San Jose
[BROKEN LINK REMOVED] Sparerib ramen
http://chowhound.com/california/board... Niku iri ramen and Sparerib ramen
9. Gen Ramen, Fremont
[BROKEN LINK REMOVED] Takana kimchee ramen and Gen ramen
http://chowhound.com/california/board... Pork belly shoyu ramen
http://chowhound.com/california/board... Cold ramen
10. BY Grill, San Francisco
[BROKEN LINK REMOVED] Tonpo pork tonkotsu ramen
11.Norikonoko, Berkeley
http://chowhound.com/california/board... Shoyu ramen
12.Hana, San Jose
[BROKEN LINK REMOVED] Spicy sesame noodles (ramen)
http://chowhound.com/california/board... Pork, vegetable & egg soup noodles (ramen)
13.Masa’s Sushi, Mountain View
[BROKEN LINK REMOVED] Pork flavor ramen special
14.Oyaji, San Francisco
[BROKEN LINK REMOVED] Tonkotsu ramen
15.Maru Ichi, Milpitas
http://chowhound.com/california/board... Basic kuro ramen
16.Niko Niko Sushi/Katanaya, San Francisco
[BROKEN LINK REMOVED] Chashu ramen
17. Hatcho, Santa Clara
http://chowhound.com/california/board... Spicy seafood ramen
18.Tomoe, San Rafael (closed)
[BROKEN LINK REMOVED] Shoyu ramen
19.Ringer Hut, San Jose
[BROKEN LINK REMOVED] Nagasaki champon
20.Izakaya Mai, San Mateo
http://chowhound.com/california/board... Kimchee champon ramen
21.Ramen Club, Burlingame
[BROKEN LINK REMOVED] Shio ramen and Mini super shoyu ramen
http://chowhound.com/california/board... Won ton (shio) ramen
http://chowhound.com/california/board... Seafood Ramen and BBQ Rib & Kimchee Ramen
22.Tazaki Sushi, San Francisco
http://chowhound.com/california/board... Moriawase ramen
23.Ramen Rama, Cupertino
http://chowhound.com/california/board... Ma bo tofu miso ramen and Tonkotsu ramen
24.Ogi-San Ramen, Cupertino
[BROKEN LINK REMOVED] Stewed pork tonkotsu ramen
25.Kaimuki Grill, San Mateo
[BROKEN LINK REMOVED] Miso ramen lunch set
26.Tanto, San Jose
http://chowhound.com/california/board... Littleneck clam ramen
27.Okazu Ya SF (Noriega), San Francisco
[BROKEN LINK REMOVED] Asari ramen
28.King’s Garden Ramen, Newark
[BROKEN LINK REMOVED] Cha su ramen and Spicy pork ramen
29.Sushi Bistro, San Francisco
[BROKEN LINK REMOVED] Shoyu ramen and Miso ramen
30. Mitsuwa Hokkaido Festival Booth, San Jose
http://chowhound.com/california/board...
31.Lakuni, San Mateo
[BROKEN LINK REMOVED] Shoyu ramen
32.Mifune Restaurant, San Francisco
33.Iroha, San Francisco
http://chowhound.com/california/board... Shoyu ramen and Miso ramen
34.Miraku Noodles, Walnut Creek
http://chowhound.com/california/board... Miso ramen and Pork ramen
35.Manpuku, Berkeley
[BROKEN LINK REMOVED] Champon
36.Tanpopo, San Francisco
[BROKEN LINK REMOVED] Champon chasu ramen
37.Sushi Yoshi, Newark
http://chowhound.com/california/board... Tonkotsu ramen
38.Suzu Noodle House, San Francisco
[BROKEN LINK REMOVED] Shoyu ramen
39.La Shang Niang Ramen (OEC), Milpitas
http://chowhound.com/california/board...
40.Oidon, San Mateo
[BROKEN LINK REMOVED] Miso chasu men
41.Sapporo-ya, San Francisco
[BROKEN LINK REMOVED] Miso ramen
42.Tokyo Ramen, Milpitas
[BROKEN LINK REMOVED] Beef ramen and Tonkotsu ramen
http://chowhound.com/california/board... Cold wasabi ramen
43.Kamakura, Alameda
http://chowhound.com/california/board... Seafood champon and agedashi tofu
44.Mama-san!, San Francisco
http://chowhound.com/california/board... Miso ramen
45.Katanaya, El Cerrito
[BROKEN LINK REMOVED] Shoyu ramen
http://chowhound.com/california/board... House ramen and Kara-age
46.Hotei, San Francisco
[BROKEN LINK REMOVED] Pork ramen
47.Bear’s Ramen House, Berkeley
[BROKEN LINK REMOVED] Spam ramen

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