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Ton Chan Ramen (SGV)

ipsedixit | Feb 9, 201108:57 AM

Once again, Chandavkl has failed me.

I avoid the Mission/Las Tunas intersection for a couple of days, and whoa! what do you know ... another new restaurant mushrooms up.

This time it's a ramen joint.

We were enticed by their promo of a free ramen bowl on Super Bowl Sunday, but never made it there. Instead, we tried it last night.

I'm no ramen expert, but I enjoyed our meal there. The ramen are pork-based (or Tonkotsu), but you get your choice of Shiso, Shoyu, and Miso (does that make sense?) broth. And the typical fixings are all offered from what I can tell - e.g., chasu, soft-boiled egg, naruto (fish cake), mushroom, etc.

I liked the broth of the ramen, the fixings were all fine but nothing extraordinary, the service was friendly.

The menu also has rice bowls and gyozas and some other stuff that I can't remember right now. They mentioned that they might be adding Japanese-style fried chicken in the future, as well.

Oh, and before I forget, Ton Chan takes a playbook from Orochon w/r/t to the spiciness of their ramen broth, with a 0 = no spice and 6 = "I'm sweating out tears". (Also, if you go, see if you can spot the spelling error on Level 5 spiciness.) But word to the wise, if you go, opt for the Level 0. This is good broth, don't ruin it - or hide its inherent depth and flavor -- with a bunch of chili paste (which is what they use).

If there are any ramen experts out there (rameniac?), I'd be curious to hear your thoughts.

Ton Chan Ramen
821 West Las Tunas Dr (next to Golden Deli)
San Gabriel
(626) 282-3478

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