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San Mateo recommendations (santa ramen)

fundamentals Jun 30, 2006 08:05 PM

Getting out of oakland to go to Santa Ramen. Any suggestions on ordering? Any other places for grub in the area please? All price ranges, I just want the good stuff.

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  1. Candice RE: fundamentals Jun 30, 2006 08:09 PM

    Tonkotsu ramen is pretty much all I get there (Santa), the broth very rich and has the best mouth feel. I also really like the buttery clam ramen and agedashi tofu at Himawari, which is always easier to get in to, has a more extensive menu, and cute inside.

    My ramen list-http://www.yelp.com/list_details?user...

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    1. re: Candice
      umetaro RE: Candice Jul 3, 2006 10:51 AM

      Hope I'm not being annoying, but it's "tonkotsu."

      豚 = pork (ton)
      骨 = bones (kotsu)

      tonkatsu = pork cutlet (豚カツ)

      豚 = pork (ton)
      カツ = cutlet (katsu)

      katsu is an abbreviation for "katsuretsu" (カツレツ) which is the japanized form of the english word "cutlet."

      actually, i guess "cutlet" was adopted from the french? okay, now i just confused myself.

      oh, one more thing. "karaage." the "kara" referring to T'ang China and the "age" meaning "fried."

      1. re: umetaro
        Candice RE: umetaro Jul 3, 2006 08:16 PM

        Yeah, sorry about the typo. I'm familiar with the correct spellings if you look at my link. Thanks though, C-

    2. Porthos RE: fundamentals Jul 3, 2006 06:57 AM

      Easily the tonkostu ramen. Get the stewed pork if available. If you go at dinner, get the chicken karaage. Otherwise, I'd take a pass on it during lunch. I suspect it's refried.

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        jkim357 RE: fundamentals Jul 3, 2006 04:07 PM

        I've tried everything on the menu atleast once. I think the soy sauce flavor is under rated. Try the soy with roasted seaweed or stewed pork.

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          echo RE: fundamentals Jul 3, 2006 06:30 PM

          some of their bowls are heavy on the bean sprouts. if you aren't into that, specify.

          i also like the karaage, even at lunch, and would be surprised if they refried it. it comes with good gohan (steamed rice) and they run out.

          1. K K RE: fundamentals Jul 4, 2006 04:53 AM

            Curry ramen is my absolute favorite there, and I think it is a soy sauce based broth.

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            1. re: K K
              Melanie Wong RE: K K Jul 4, 2006 07:39 PM

              Yes, the curry ramen is based on the soy sauce broth. The soy sauce ramens are my favorite at Santa, especially the one with Napa cabbage. Here's a link to my post on the curry ramen.

              Curry ramen post -

              Curry ramen photo -

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              Christina RE: fundamentals Jul 4, 2006 06:58 PM

              I don't understand the hype about this place. I've been there only once so perhaps I missed something but I was not impressed at all.

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              1. re: Christina
                Melanie Wong RE: Christina Jul 4, 2006 07:43 PM

                My last few visits have been on Wednesdays and more successful.

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                lnyc RE: fundamentals Jul 5, 2006 05:11 PM

                any suggestions for ramen in the East Bay?

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