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Jan 2, 2008 11:28 PM

Speaking of ramen, where to go for ones made without pork?

No pork broth, no pork meat or fat, and no pork bones.

Does it exist?

Are some made with just chicken broth or fish stock/soy sauce?

And if it does exist, where to get it that might be decent?


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  1. hiroshima onomichi style ramen typically features a lighter, chicken/fish based soup, although it might well use pork in some capacity (hmm... at least you can ask to withhold the chashu and maybe the fat sprinkles too?)

    shin-mama ramen in torrance features one:

    if you want to play it ultra safe, someone recently mentioned a vegetarian ramen at mr. ramen in little tokyo. can't say i've tried it tho...

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    1. re: rameniac

      I presume all your top five joints are all pork base?

      is asa ramen, also pork?


      1. re: kevin

        yea, the thing about pork is that it's to ramen what tomato sauce is to pizza. occasionally you might find a white pie, but... aw heck, i don't know enough about pizza to say. but you know what i mean.

    2. What about one of the ramen options at Ramenya on Olympic? With all of the different ramen permutations they have, surely they must have something up your alley, or at the very least, use a neutral broth as a base. Unfortunately I don't have a menu in front of me...

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      1. re: SauceSupreme

        Is Ramenya open for lunch and dinner? Is it the joint that's a few blocks west of Sawtelle and firmly esconsed on Olympic?


        1. re: kevin

          Not sure about lunch, but I think they're open until 9 for dinner. Better call them to find out. Cash only.

        2. re: SauceSupreme

          they might. they have some very clear soups, especially their shio and ajo garlic ramen broth, which is a lot of fun. not sure if they're pork free though, or if they use some in the process at some point. don't forget to hold the chashu.

          1. re: rameniac

            Ramenya does close early, i think 9pm, and they are closed on Wednesdays. cash only. However, I prefer Asahi Ramen on Sawtelle. their stocks are not as salty, their gyoza are much better and they definately have a vegetable only and a vegetable/chicken bowl that can be ordered with clear broth or bean paste broth, neither of which contain pork. ramenic is right, the ajo garlic ramen broth is the best item on the menu, but i think it comes with pork (?).

            1. re: DeLobster

              with like 20 cloves of garlic floating in the soup!

              are they back to closing one day of the week again? i remember they went to 'now open 7 days!' not long ago

              1. re: rameniac

                ajo ramen is my fave. it definitely has pieces of pork in the broth as well, though not sure if the broth is made with pork. it is open for lunch, and i am pretty sure its open 7 days.

        3. Chabuya, on Sawtelle, offers a chicken based ramen.

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          1. re: Bob Brooks

            Yes they do; PayOrPlay Jr. tried it a few weeks ago and it tasted a lot like chicken noodle soup from a deli. I won't swear that they don't use any pork in the base but I certainly didn't taste any.

          2. so last night, i finally cracked open this 'vegetarian' ramen i got at mitsuwa not long ago. and you know what? it turned out to be pretty darn good! good enough that i'd eat it regularly actually, for those days when i don't want to feel quite as guilty about ingesting lard.

            mitsuwa's selection is always changing, tho, so i'm not sure how long it'll be on shelves. but the last few times i was there they had it...

            it's called NANA RAMEN, made by the tokachi nitsu seimen company: if you wanna see a pic... ahh you know where to go lol.

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            1. re: rameniac

              theres this ramen place on pennsylvania avenue at lomita blvd in the city of lomita, forget what its called, but the ramen is fish broth. Seemed popular lot of people there.

              1. re: AGENT FOODIE

                Agent foodie, is this the place in the same 'L' strip as Gaja? On the north side?

                We also don't do pork, and I pulled up this thread since I've got a 6:30AM craving. Meh.