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By Day 3 of my May visit to Sonora, I was feeling the urge for some chopstick-able food. I had walked by Yoshoku Ramen Noodle Bar a couple times, studying the menu and peering inside. It had opened in January, did I dare try it?
Yes, I did, taking a seat at the counter. But I couldn't make myself order ramen here.
Instead my lunch was two lower priced selections from the appetizer menu that let me diversify the unknown risk.
Both the pork gyoza and squid karaage looked nice presented on black plates.
Thin and delicately crisp batter on the squid legs was relatively greaseless. The tentacles bit through with a firm crunch contrasting with the softer chew of the girdle. I enjoyed these dabbed with rich yuzu mayonnaise.
Gyoza are not made in-house. But they weren't bad with the citrusy soy sauce-based dip though they would have been better with a little more color on the pan-fried side.
The Chinese proprietress who waited on me said that she and her husband used to have the sushi concession at a local grocery store. I commented to her that her drinking water was palatable unlike at the other eateries. She said that they had to filter the water to keep the off-flavors out of the noodles and soup stocks.
While the two dishes I had were not the greatest examples I've ever tried, they were satisfying and more than acceptable. In this small town with no outstanding food destinations, Yoshoku helped tide me over until I could return home.
Yoshoku Ramen Noodle Bar
10 S Washington St
Sonora, CA 95370
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