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

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Liquid Sky Jun 5, 2007 08:14 PM

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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    Liquid Sky RE: Liquid Sky Jun 5, 2007 08:35 PM

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

    1. kealoha RE: Liquid Sky Jun 5, 2007 08:59 PM

      Where is this place anyway?

      1. kingkong5 RE: Liquid Sky Jun 5, 2007 09:01 PM

        Where is rameniac when you need him?

        Have fun tomorrow Liquid Sky.

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          Liquid Sky RE: kingkong5 Jun 5, 2007 09:07 PM

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

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

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            Beignets RE: Liquid Sky Jun 7, 2007 10:55 PM

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

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            rameniac RE: kingkong5 Jun 5, 2007 09:10 PM

            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.

            http://www.rameniac.com/resource/comm...

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              Liquid Sky RE: rameniac Jun 5, 2007 09:55 PM

              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...

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                Mr Taster RE: Liquid Sky Jun 5, 2007 11:54 PM

                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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                  Liquid Sky RE: Mr Taster Jun 6, 2007 05:34 AM

                  Thanks!

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

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                    WBGuy RE: Liquid Sky Jun 6, 2007 05:44 AM

                    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.

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                    slacker RE: Mr Taster Jun 6, 2007 04:41 PM

                    You ate at 5,031 ramen joints?

            2. wilafur RE: Liquid Sky Jun 6, 2007 11:32 AM

              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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                thericequeen RE: wilafur Jun 6, 2007 03:54 PM

                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.

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                  Liquid Sky RE: thericequeen Jun 6, 2007 04:06 PM

                  Thank Goodness... Ramen-Ya reopens tomorrow!

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                    voodoochild RE: Liquid Sky Jun 6, 2007 04:34 PM

                    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.

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                      Liquid Sky RE: voodoochild Jun 6, 2007 05:07 PM

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

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                        voodoochild RE: Liquid Sky Jun 7, 2007 03:40 PM

                        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.

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                          Liquid Sky RE: voodoochild Jun 8, 2007 10:04 AM

                          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.

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                        Liquid Sky RE: voodoochild Jun 8, 2007 10:01 AM

                        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.

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                          rameniac RE: Liquid Sky Jun 8, 2007 11:18 AM

                          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.

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                            Liquid Sky RE: rameniac Jun 11, 2007 02:41 PM

                            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.

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                          Liquid Sky RE: voodoochild Jun 13, 2007 07:38 PM

                          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.

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                    oleskoo RE: Liquid Sky Jun 7, 2007 04:04 PM

                    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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                      voodoochild RE: oleskoo Jun 7, 2007 04:46 PM

                      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.

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                        rameniac RE: oleskoo Jun 7, 2007 05:16 PM

                        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.

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                        LJY RE: Liquid Sky Jun 7, 2007 05:11 PM

                        Tan tan men is something I drive to Ramenya from Hollywood for. It has a thick (hot-and-sour-soup consistency) broth with mapo tofu type ground, seasoned meat on top. Mmm Mmm Good!!

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                          spicychow RE: LJY Jun 8, 2007 11:25 AM

                          Tan tan men is my favorite there too...
                          and I agree, I ramen-ya is so much better than asahi. I'm getting soooo hungry!

                        2. monkuboy RE: Liquid Sky Jun 8, 2007 12:24 PM

                          I guess this is kind of late, but I would advise against the yakisoba. I've only been there once and maybe this isn't something I should have ordered in a ramen house but it was pretty bad. Two packages of square noodles (seemed fresh out of a bag from a Japanese market), with sauce/topping that tasted exactly, and I mean exactly, like the canned Chung King chop suey sauce I remember from when I was little. Very disappointing. Like I said, maybe I shouldn't have ordered yakisoba there, but if it was that bad they should take it off the menu.

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                            Liquid Sky RE: monkuboy Jun 8, 2007 12:40 PM

                            You're talking about Ramen-ya, right?

                            I heard the cold soba salad at Haru Ulala (Little Tokyo) --on the other hand-- is very good!

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