Santouka Ramen - I would kill for a bowl of shio ramen right about now
Surely, Dear Reader, you’ve this experience: you taste a dish for the first time and it’s so brilliant that you remember it forever. I had this experience when I tasted the miso ramen with special pork:
And the spicy miso ramen:
However, both miso ramens pale in comparison to the shio ramen:
How can I describe the taste? To paraphrase my good friend, Monsieur De…, it’s just so fucking sexy. Now, with very few exceptions, other ramen broths just taste like salted water to me. You take one sip of the shio broth and you say, “wow!” – it’s just so rich and deep in flavor. Is this what umami tastes like?
Let’s get a closeup this luscious pork:
Now, I’ve felt this way about ramen before. The meal that I had at Momofuku Noodle Bar in October ’05 was one of the best in my life (and I went to Per Se during that trip as well).
How did the miso ramen at Santouka Ramen compare to glorious Momofuku Ramen last year?
And which is the favorite between the two this year? Let's hear the verdict:
If you are really hungry, you can get ramen sets with various rice bowls like salmon roe and more pork!
I’ve recently discovered that there is a Mitsuwa Marketplace in San Jose but unfortunately, no Santouka Ramen (it appears that along with Downtown LA and San Gabriel, San Jose is the only other store in the country without a Santouka.)
3760 Centinela Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90066