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Tsuke-men at Ramen Halu, San Jose

Melanie Wong | Sep 7, 200605:59 AM     3

This summer's cold ramen special at the mightly Halu was tsuke-men. Made with the thick, firm Halu noodles served cold on the side, the intensely salty piping hot dipping stock had all the maritime-y, seaweedy, brininess absent from Ryowa's version. Actually, too salty for me, I think I downed three glasses of the delicious cold jasmine tea to try to stay in equilibrium. Just a bit of this dusky broth on the cold spinach, roast pork, or black tree ears was overwhelming. Tasty and complex with sweet garlic, bonito, mackerel and dried fish essence laced with porcine richness, just wish I could have enjoyed it more. A bit of a let down after going ga-ga over the other seasonal specials here so much, perhaps this was too Japanese for me.

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PERSONAL RAMEN RANKING
1. Ramen Halu, 375 Saratoga Ave Ste M, San Jose
2. Santa, 805 S B St, San Mateo
3. Ryowa, 2068 University Ave, Berkeley
4. Himawari, 202 2nd Ave, San Mateo
5. Ryowa, 859 Villa St, Mountain View
6. Tanto, 1063 E El Camino Real, Sunnyvale
7. Maru Ichi, 368 Castro St, Mountain View
8. Do-Henkotsu House of Tokushima Ramen, 4330 Moorpark Ave, San Jose
9. Gen Ramen, 47890 Warm Springs Blvd, Fremont
10.BY Grill, 3226 Geary Blvd, San Francisco
11.Norikonoko, 2556 Telegraph Ave, Berkeley
12.Hana, 4320 Moorpark, San Jose
13.Katanaya, 430 Geary Blvd., San Francisco
14.Masa's Sushi, 400 San Antonio Road, Mountain View
15.Gochi, 19980 Homestead Rd, Cupertino
16.Oyaji, 3123 Clement St, San Francisco
17.Maru Ichi, 530 Barber Lane, Milpitas
18.Hatcho, 1271 Franklin Mall, Santa Clara
19.Tomoe, 810 3rd St, San Rafael (closed)
20.Ringer Hut, 1072 Saratoga Ave, San Jose
21.Izakaya Mai, 212 2nd Avenue, San Mateo
22.Ramen Club, 723 California Dr, Burlingame
23.Tazaki Sushi, 3420 Judah St, San Francisco
24.Ramen Rama, 19774 Stevens Creek Blvd, Cupertino
25.Ogi-San Ramen, 10789 Blaney Ave, Cupertino
26.Kaimuki Grill, 104 S El Camino Real, San Mateo
27.Tanto, 1306 Saratoga Ave, San Jose
28.Okazu Ya SF (Noriega), 2445 Noriega St, San Francisco
29.King's Garden Ramen, 39055 Cedar Blvd, Newark
30.Sushi Bistro, 445 Balboa St, San Francisco
31.Mitsuwa Hokkaido festival booth, 675 Saratoga Ave, San Jose
32.Lakuni, 325 E 4th Ave, San Mateo
33.Mifune, 1737 Post St, San Francisco
34.H2A Noodle, 42318 Fremont Blvd., Fremont
35.Iroha, 1728 Buchanan St, San Francisco
36.Miraku Noodles, 2131 N Broadway, Walnut Creek
37.Manpuku, 2977 College Ave, Berkeley
38.Tanpopo, 1740 Buchanan Street, San Francisco
39.Sushi Yoshi, 39261 Cedar Blvd, Newark
40.La Shang Niang Ramen (OEC), 42 Dixon Rd, Milpitas
41.Oidon, 71 E. 4th Avenue, San Mateo
42.Suzu Noodle House, 1581 Webster Street, San Francisco
43.Sapporo-ya, 1581 Webster St, San Francisco
44.Tokyo Ramen, 678 Barber Lane, Milpitas
45.Kamakura, 2549 Santa Clara Ave, Alameda
46.Mama-san!, 312 8th Ave, San Francisco
47.Katana-ya Ramen, 10546 San Pablo Ave, El Cerrito
48.Hotei, 1290 9th Ave, San Francisco
49.Bear's Ramen House, 2521 Durant, Berkeley

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