Where do you get you favorite ramen?

Reply Sat 7 Jun, 2014 05:24 pm
If you say that the best ramen noodles come in a styrofoam cup, let me show our special dining room in the back. Mind the sign that says Exit. Please wait out here in our alley. Our waitstaff will attend to you soon.

So? Where do you get your favorite Ramen or other Japanese noodle dishes?
Reply Sat 7 Jun, 2014 05:28 pm
If I were still there, I'd drop over to Sawtelle Boulevard.
Reply Sat 7 Jun, 2014 07:43 pm
"favorite" and Ramen noodles don't go together for me. Ramen keeps one alive in times of no villages nearby or money in pocket.
I find Rmen just "not so disgusting" and mostly "salty broth"
Reply Sat 7 Jun, 2014 11:13 pm
Clearly you only talking about that crap grocery story/bodega garbage in which isn't the intended ramen in the mentioned original post. NYC has been in a ramen noodle renaissance for the past 3 or so years.

Reply Sun 8 Jun, 2014 04:38 am
a "Ramen Renaissance" eh?

Ill pass. People in NY will eat anything and make believe its trendy.
I can forage in the woods and come up with a meal from scratch that will make Ramen noodles nothing more than bug lure.
Reply Sun 8 Jun, 2014 09:35 am
I looked at some of the pix of the Ramen broths with the veggies and eggs. They look edible, Id maybe try one or another.
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Reply Sun 8 Jun, 2014 09:49 am
I tried that stuff a couple of times, some years ago. Don't care for it by choice. But, I knew a man who had problems enough to be one step removed from homeless, that I would buy the big package of Raamen packets for and anonymously leave at his door, about three to four times per month.
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Reply Sun 8 Jun, 2014 10:39 am
Zetzer's Star Market in Akron, Ohio. They were stocked so close to the door you could pay for whatever you had to pay for and then bump five or six packages into your sack on the way out. I was a stock-boy there for one shift.

But that's another story. They also had Dannon yogurt there 4/$1.00 and sometime 5/$1.00.
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Reply Sun 8 Jun, 2014 10:56 am
Love the salmon mazemen at Yuji Ramen which is located on the second floor of Whole Foods on Houston St.

Mazemen style: In recent years, a hearty “dry” style of ramen—a modern descendant of abura soba, perhaps—has gained a foothold in Tokyo, marked by thick noodles and eclectic, even wacky toppings such as cheese.

Reply Sun 8 Jun, 2014 10:59 am
Those look incredible ehBeth!
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Reply Sun 8 Jun, 2014 11:40 am
I don't care much for ramen. Then again I don't care for much for care much for soupy things with strings of weirdness glopped together in there. Now if the broth is poured off (reserve it for later to be used as a flavor additive in mashed potatoes) then I can sort of handle it.

Sort of.

The noodles have a strange consistency which makes me think of what it must be like to be a zombie eating cold brains. (Wonder if anybody else thinks this way)

Soups should ideally be more in the stew category, unless of course we are having borscht. Borscht is the only soup which doesn't leave me feeling uneasy.
Queasy, even.

mmmmmmmmm...borscht! Now that's good living. Especially with the right amount of meat and sour cream and thick slabs of brown bread on the side.

But over time it's come to my attention that food is an individual matter and each of has us a different preferel, so with that, I will ask around to see if my neighbors or friends have ramen dining experiences which leave them giddy (or at least mediocrely happy).

So, no, I have no ramen noodle places to recommend. Maybe one of these high end clothing shops will close soon and go noodley.
Reply Sun 8 Jun, 2014 11:53 am
I love the borscht of my maternal grqndmother. (It hqd pork and veal chunk qnd was a deep maroon soury meaty broth)
The eggy with sour cream style Jewy borscht of my fathers side , sucked (IMHO).
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Reply Sun 8 Jun, 2014 11:59 am
Sturgis wrote:

Now if the broth is poured off (reserve it for later to be used as a flavor additive in mashed potatoes) then I can sort of handle it.

No broth in mazemen noodle dishes. It's a relatively new edition to that branch of cuisine.
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Reply Sun 8 Jun, 2014 12:33 pm
BREAKING NEWS: Ramen Noodle Crisis Averted
ST. PETERSBURG, FL – A potential crisis was averted when this journalist uncovered proof that Winn Dixie’s Thrifty Maid ramen noodles are actually manufactured by Nissin Foods, the Japanese corporation responsible for the Top Ramen and Cup Noodles brands.

College students and community college students alike felt a shared sense of loss when the Top Ramen Oriental flavor suddenly went missing from Bay Area stores this spring. “It was as if millions of voices suddenly cried out in terror, and were suddenly silenced,” said one self-professed “typical ramen noodle eating consumer.”

But seriously folks

Here's my secret recipe for making Hot and Sour Ramen Noodle Soup
First you buy this Nissin product
or Thrifty Maid Hot and Spicy flavor(6 for a dollar)
add 2 cups of water
Then I add 2 TBsps of rice vinegar.
1 Tbsp sesame oil
grated ginger
2tsp sugar
4 oz can of mushrooms
and when the noodles are boiling I scramble an egg and toss it in.

I top the bowl with the flat crispy noodles I collect from take out.

About a buck fifty for a filling meal
Try it! You'll like it!
Reply Sun 8 Jun, 2014 01:22 pm
Thanks for that link, tsar, liked the photos and descriptions.
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Reply Sun 8 Jun, 2014 01:27 pm
Nice mix of good and cheap. Er, inexpensive.
Reply Sun 8 Jun, 2014 01:45 pm
Er, inexpensive.

I just had my Sunday chuckle. Very Happy
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Reply Sun 8 Jun, 2014 02:30 pm
Meantime, an old favorite street has changed a lot since I moved from LA. I used to go to the Y there, jog around there, shop at Yamaguchi's for wok, utensils, dishes, the good MAC knives, and Yamaguchi's Nursery, always great plants. Oh, and eat at some japanese restaurants.

Now - copying from the LA Times -
I underlined a few places that call my name, more towards the higher rated spots near the end of the list.

The best of Sawtelle Boulevard
January 8, 2014, 3:33 p.m.
The stretch of Sawtelle Boulevard often referred to as Little Osaka recently has expanded so quickly that it's bursting beyond its traditional boundaries. With so many new restaurant openings, they're popping up north of Santa Monica Boulevard and south of Olympic.

Shin Sen Gumi officially opened last month a block north of Santa Monica, and the West L.A. outpost of Daikokuya and both Sushi Stop (the second location on Sawtelle) and its shabu-shabu cousin have opened just past Olympic.

Among the chock-a-block restaurants there are not one but two kaiten (revolving) sushi bars, soba specialists and cream-pufferies, punctuated by karaoke bars and the new Daiso — the Japanese "$1.50" (or 100-yen) store that is plastic heaven, or purgatory — but either way a wonderment.
Ramen, soy milk hot pot, $2.75 sushi, soup dumplings, burgers, panko-crusted katsu pork ... here's the best of old and new on Sawtelle Boulevard:

13. Coffee Tomo
Not a restaurant per se, but Coffee Tomo serves excellent coffee and tasty pretzels in weird combinations such as sweet potato and cheese or red bean and cheese. The honey-butter bread ain't bad either. The red Diedrich roaster at the front of the shop signals the seriousness with which they take their coffee, but it's not too serious — you can have your espresso with a little foam, raw sugar and a cinnamon stick.

12. Sushi Stop South
The latest Sushi Stop location on Sawtelle, this one's got a distinct izakaya vibe, where crowds gather around the U-shaped bar checking off their $2.75-per-order sushi while Frank Ocean's "Lost" plays. They probably can't stop thinking, "This really is not bad for $2.75 sushi...." Specialty sushi (some of which costs more) include flame-seared salmon belly, crispy rice topped with spicy tuna and blue crab hand roll.

11. Morinoya
You won't find this place unless you know what you're looking for. Secreted away on the second floor of the Olympic Collection, it's a serene Tokyo-esque restaurant from a former Shibucho chef. Its signature dish might be the soy milk hot pot, a single serving (you might be able to share if you order other dishes) of Japanese nabe, or stew, brought to the table on a special stand equipped with its own burner. Order a side of the chicken meatball skewers.

10. Seoul Sausage Company
Korean barbecue-influenced street food in the form of, for example, galbi poutine — braised short ribs served over twice-fried French fries with cheese, kimchi-pickled onions and avocado lime crema. The sausages are only slightly less over the top, such as the Korean BBQ beef sausage with garlic jalapeño aioli and kimchi relish. Also: Spam musubi.

9. Kimukatsu
Japanese katsu import Kimukatsu specializes in fried pork cutlets. The "cutlets" are actually stacks of layered thinly sliced pork, battered with panko and deep-fried. The katsu comes in varieties such as black pepper-seasoned and even cheese-filled.

8. ROC Kitchen
Soup dumplings on the Westside! Are they as good as Din Tai Fung's? Maybe not quite as good but still pretty delicious, with juicy pork filling and delicate dumpling skins. And other tables will gawk when you order the beef roll. Between 2:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. the crispy pork dumplings are available, a disk of dumplings interconnected by crispy-fried flour. Your Taiwanese fix west of the 405.

7. Yakitoriya
A Sawtelle stalwart open for more than 10 years, Yakitoriya has quirky service, but its binchotan-grilled skewers are expertly prepared one by one by the chef-owner, an alumnus of Kokekokko who also sometimes takes orders and runs food. Also: You might not have known about its very good chicken ramen, but now you do.

6. Flores
Where once Sawtelle Kitchen turned out Asian-fusion entrees, Flores is now serving small plates with modern touches from husband and wife co-chefs who formerly worked at l'Atelier de Joel Robuchon and the Bazaar. There are deviled eggs with crispy pig’s ear and pimenton; pig cheek croquetas; blistered shishito with sea salt and lemon; chicken liver toast with confit grapes; kanpachi with lime and Thai coconut; and cote de boeuf for two. Plus there's Sunday brunch, to be enjoyed on the patio.

5. Shin Sen Gumi
The newest Shin Sen Gumi, located in what used to be a Mexican restaurant, serves the chain's signature Hakata-style ramen with porky tonkotsu broth. The ramen here might be even better than at its other locations — with big, rich flavor and lots of body — served in a Mexican-diner-meets-ramen-shop atmosphere.

4. Plan Check
Plan Check brought gourmet burgers and cocktails to the Sawtelle strip when it opened last year — burgers with ketchup "leather," dashi cheese and schmaltz onions. For beers and burgers, along with smoky fried chicken and short rib pot roast with bone marrow turnover, its patioed corner spot draws crowds. There's also an extensive Japanese whiskey list.

3. Daikokuya
Expect the line to be only somewhat shorter at this Daikokuya location than at the Little Tokyo original. Stepping inside is somewhat surreal, with a host's stand that looks like a border-crossing station, guarded by a mannequin dressed as a security guard. Yet its lost-in-translation, lantern-strewn atmosphere is inviting and its kotteri (pork fat)-fortified ramen worth the wait.

2. Kiriko
Sushi chef Ken Namba founded Kiriko in 1999, with a philosophy of creating classic sushi with modern touches. His signature house-smoked salmon sushi is a shining example. And the sushi here has long been considered a good value for top-notch fish.

1. Tsujita LA Artisan Noodle/Tsujita Annex
Tsujita LA's tsukemen has become an iconic Sawtelle dish; served only at lunch, it draws droves of fans who line up for the "dip" ramen — its noodles and über-concentrated broth served separately, with toppings such as succulent roasted pork chashu. Its across-the-street annex serves both ramen and tsukemen at a 12-seat bar, along with spare, elegant rice bowls and slightly weird vegetable juices.
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Reply Tue 10 Jun, 2014 06:22 am
Osso? Now I feel compelled to visit LA for the ramen noodle tour! Rolling Eyes http://i.imdb.com/Photos/CMSIcons/emoticons/basic2/sigh.gif


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