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Won Ton Ramen @ Ryowa, Mountain View

Melanie Wong | Jun 18, 200511:57 PM

Ryowa's won ton ramen features a half dozen or so pork dumplings and a blizzard of seaweed in a shio-style (salt flavored) broth. The won tons were fairly plain with just ground pork formed into near round dumplings pinched at the top. The roasted and iodiney taste of the sheet and shreds of toasted nori were pleasing contrast to the crispness and green taste of the chopped fresh seaweed. These briny elements blended and accentuated the taste of the sea salts in the golden chicken-based stock. The wider and thicker special handmade noodles ($1 supplement) were cooked softer than they should be. The half hard-boiled egg was overdone with a gray rim around the yolk.

The bowl was rather sloppily presented, rusticity seems to be the Mountain View store's thing. And, though the noodles were a wee overcooked, the flavors in this combination delivered despite the lack of polish and finesse. With this and the original ramen, Ryowa, Mountain View hangs onto its #5 ranking.


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.RamenRama, 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.Tokyo Ramen, Milpitas
37.Hotei, San Francisco
38.Bear’s Ramen House, Berkeley

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