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Noodle House in South Orange County??

There was an excellent noodle house nearby when I went to college up in L.A. and I've been missing it lately (especially with such dreary weather.)
Does anyone know where I can get some good ramen down here? I've found one or two Vietnamese places for Pho, but I'm really dying for a good Japanese spot.

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  1. Is Mitsua in Costa Mesa too far from you? They have a food court that has some great ramen, udon and curry.

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    1. re: justagthing

      Not too far at all, I'll give it a shot for sure!

    2. The Mitsuwa food court in Costa Mesa (Paularino and Bristol) has a Santouka Ramen there - very good!

      Also nearby is Shin Sen Gumi on Brookhurst, south of Ellis. They also do great ramen there.

      For chinese noodles, I like the Sam Woo in Irvine, Culver at Deerfield. It's actually like 3 restaurants in one, with the nice seafood side, the cheaper table service side and a bbq takeout/steam tray side. For the noodle soups, I like the one in the middle, the cheaper table service. Get the Shui Kao noodle soup, which are like wontons but with shrimp and mushrooms with egg noodles and broth. It costs $3.95 and is great!

      Have fun with your search!

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      1. re: kingkong5

        I strongly second Shin Sen Gumi in Fountain Valley. They do Hakata style ramen in a nice murky pork broth. Extra noodles for $0.99. Yum!

        1. re: BabyDaddy

          Me too! For a period, I went to Shin Sen Gumi 3 times a week.

      2. Hit Honda-ya in old town Tustin. Tasty Japanese pub food. I used to be one of the only white guys, but now it is getting found out. I liked their ramen quite a bit. Actually, I can't think of anything I haven't liked there.

        1. I like the soba and udon dishes they have at Fukada (near the Irvine Spectrum). They have a great lunch special

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          1. re: crystaw

            Man, but it's always crowded at lunch!

          2. I second the rec of Santoka and Shinsengumi Hakata.

            Here are pictures of both:

            I also have to put in a nod for Pho Hung Vuong's Hu Tieu and Noodle Avenue's House Special Noodle. Some of the best noodles I've found in South Orange County.

            Here are some pictures of;

            Pho Hung Vuong's Hu Tieu:

            Noodle Avenue's House Noodle:

            1. Ditto on Noodle Avenue's house wonton noodle soup! This is a newer, more modern branch located in Tustin on Redhill. Also try their combination fried rice noodle. I will try out Santoka Ramen and Hakata Ramen at Shin Sen Gumi. I've only tried Ebisu in Fountain Valley and always order their udon with Yamaimo. Can anyone recommend a better udon place?

              1. Shin Sen Gumi is the BEST of the Ramen places in Orange County. I highly recommend getting the strong broth and with extra ginger. Oh, and I just tried the desserts recently here and they are very good. I also recommend getting the Soju with Calpico water.

                If you want Pho, there is also a good place in Westminster called Pho 79 on Hazard. I think it may even be Zagat rated.

                1. My favorite type of noodle soup is anything Chinese. I don't know why, but I simply believe the Chinese are better at the noodling as far as Asian noodle soups go. ^_~ It might just be that there is more variety since there is the whole of China to consider.

                  1. i used to drive down to the costa mesa mitsuwa every weekend for santouka ramen before they opened in torrance and now west L.A. go go go and get their shio ramen! shio or bust! =)

                    1. I am a big fan of Mitae Ramen in Costa Mesa on Bristol across from The Lab. I love their Chasu Ramen.

                      1. ditto with the Mitsuwa and Shinsengumi -- I live across the street from Mitsuwa and I'm there all the time! Maybe I'll spot you. haha