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Jun 5, 2007 08:14 PM

Going to RAMEN-YA tomorrow... Need advice!

Hello, Hounds!

I'm checking out Ramen-ya tomorrow for lunch. Wanted to know which noodles you would recommend.

Could someone describe the Tan-Tan, Jya-Jya, Garlic and/or Negi noodles? (What's in them?)

I tend to avoid super-spicy broths.

Which one has the shrimp omelette?

A million thanks!!

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  1. Anyone? It's the ramen place on Olympic Blvd (near Sawtelle).

    1. Where is this place anyway?

      1. Where is rameniac when you need him?

        Have fun tomorrow Liquid Sky.

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        1. re: kingkong5

          Just read that it's closed on Wednesday... Drat!

          Okay,,, Will have to check out Hurry Curry or Asahi instead.

          1. re: Liquid Sky

            Ramenya used to be closed on Wednesday but it is now open 7 days/week since a couple months ago.

          2. re: kingkong5

            lol... i usually get shoyu or ajo (garlic) ramen and a side of gyoza. although be prepared to scare off vampires or coworkers if you get the ajo... it's cloves galore.


            1. re: rameniac

              Thanks! I may kill all my co-workers with the garlic one. Will have to wait till Thursday since Ramen-ya is apparently closed Wednesday?

              Their shrimp omelette and mapo tofu with rice look good too.

              As an alternative: Maybe I'll stop off at Hurry Curry for croquettes and a cold chicken noodle salad?? Or Asahi for their fried rice? So many choices...

              1. re: Liquid Sky

                Friends don't let friends eat Asahi ramen.

                Why don't you try the undisputed Ramen King of LA (which is not very far from Ramen-Ya at all) called Santouka. It's a local branch of a japanese chain and their specialty is shio tonkatsu ramen (salt flavor pork bone soup... just order salt flavor).

                As for Ramen-Ya, I like their chashu (pork meat) ramen. The pork is unconventional and very different from all other places (including the 5,031 ramen joints I ate at in Japan, where I just returned from). It's very tender, pulled pork kind of an affair where most ramen chashu is sliced. If it's good, it's very tender with succulent strips of fat running through. If it's bad (e.g. Asahi) it's chewy and has a 2 day old flavor.

                To get to Santouka, turn south on Bundy for about 2 miles. It's inside the Mitsuwa supermarket food court. 3760 Centinela (Bundy turns into Centinela)

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                  Actually, if I'm forced to go to Asahi today, I may not even get ramen. Maybe fried rice or something else...

                  1. re: Liquid Sky

                    If you're confined to the Sawtelle corridor and can't make it to Santouka, Chabuya is a good alternative for tonkotsu ramen.

                    Stay clear of Asahi.

            2. drive a little further and go to santouka in the mitsuwa at venice/centinela. and have their shio ramen. good stuff!

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              1. re: wilafur

                Second Ramen-Ya's chashu ramen. It's a bowlfull of soupy goodness! I'm also deeply fond of their fried rice. It has a rich mouthfeel to it.

                1. re: thericequeen

                  Thank Goodness... Ramen-Ya reopens tomorrow!

                  1. re: Liquid Sky

                    Ramen-ya is open seven days a week now. You can go (could have gone) today.

                    The jya jya men is a thick gelatinous gravy with ground pork in it. It's good and a bit spicy, but not too much. I prefer it hot over cold, but you can get it either way. I also stay away from the very spicy.

                    The shoyu ramen is very simple and very good. The wonton men is excellent. My boyfriend really likes the Sanmar Men, its more substantive than many of the other ramen dishes because its in a gravy and includes alot of seafood.

                    Also, it's not on the menu but their cold noodle for the summer is great on a hot day, or any day! It's got a nice light sauce with cucumber, pickled ginger, shredded chicken, seaweed, and maybe some sprouts. I get it when it's too hot for shoyu.

                    They've also got GREAT fried rice.

                    1. re: voodoochild

                      voodoo: Thank you so much. I am starving NOW!!

                      1. re: Liquid Sky

                        Okay, so after writing that for you yesterday I ended up picking up their pork fried rice for dinner. SOOOOOOOOOOOOO good. Just ask for extra ginger, cuz you're going to want some in every bite.

                        Let me know once you've gone, and I hope you enjoy.

                        1. re: voodoochild

                          voodoo: Do you ever take certain dishes from Ramen-Ya to go? How does their food travel??

                          I definitely would not take their noodle soups to go, but maybe their cold noodle and fried rice dishes would be okay.

                      2. re: voodoochild

                        Hmmm. I wonder if the JYA JYA MEN is a take on the Chinese TSA-CHIANG MEIN?? Which also is a great sauce with pork in it.

                        1. re: Liquid Sky

                          pretty much. there's also a korean version called 'cha cha men' if i remember my instant ramyun packaging correctly. basically this dish exists in japan and korea, as well as china, under fairly similar forms with similar names.

                          1. re: rameniac

                            Finally made it to Ramen-ya for lunch today and tried their hot jya-jya men. Unfortunately it does not hold a candle to the Chinese version (tsa-chiang mein).

                            The sauce is "sloshy" (or as some say, "gelatinous"), and it lacks any depth of flavor.

                            The Chinese version has a great texture and flavor to it... the pork and soybeans really complement each other well instead of this undifferentiated mass of brown sauce that Ramen-ya has.

                            Oh well. Hope their ramen soups are better. It's hard for me to enjoy the soups when it's 80-something degrees out! Cheers.

                        2. re: voodoochild

                          Tried Ramen-ya's Cold Summer Noodle today. It was great. Much better than my jya-jya men experience there.

                          The ingredients were very fresh. Only wish they added a little more of that fine shredded chicken, but I guess I can try their chicken salad also.

                          Tasted healthy and refreshing on a warm day.

                  2. Can someone explain to me if the kind of dry, chewy chashu you get at Ramen-ya is the same animal (literally and figuratively) as the luxuriously fatty, melt-in-your-mouth kind of chashu you get at Santouka (or even at Chabuya on a good day)?

                    I like Ramen-ya for its simplicity and its Tokyo ramen counter vibe. I will say that I'm not a huge fan of their chashu which, on a couple of visits, has resembled shoe leather.

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                    1. re: oleskoo

                      Wow, that really surprises me, because I've had chashu there before, and other pork-included noodles, and have always found their meat to be really tender and almost falling apart. Granted, I wouldn't describe it as fatty, but it's surely not shoe leather.

                      1. re: oleskoo

                        there are countless preparations and types of chashu in ramen, from firm and thin-sliced to fatty chunks of braised or marinated stuff closer to the (technically not chashu) buta kakuni "stewed pork" that in itself has become a popular topping ramen topping days. each shop will have their own recipe but beyond that those two particular examples don't seem too dissimilar from one another. ramen-ya's pig is a bit tougher and stringier, but i suspect that the prime factor at play is that santouka uses a higher quality kurobuta pig or something and a fattier cut of the animal. same goes for chabuya, which prides itself on premium ingredients.