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Mar 3, 2008 03:38 PM

What is best at Santouka Ramen Costa Mesa?

Any help?


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  1. To crush your enemies, see them driven before you, and to hear the lamentations of their women!

    Oh, you meant what do I order? I get the shio (salt) ramen, katamen (firm noodles). I like the special roast pork sometimes, but it's not so awesome for me that I can't live happily with the regular roast pork. Sometimes I get the combo w/ the ikura don (salmon roe bowl).

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    1. re: Professor Salt

      Ah...the riddle of steel. Nice.

      Thanks for the info. What are the portion sizes like?


      1. re: swicks

        Portion sizes are a little small, so I always go for the larger size bowl.

        And like professor salt, I like the shio ramen broth best.

        My friend Lani tried the ramen with the spicy broth (sorry, forgot the actual name of the dish) and really liked it.

        1. re: eefoodgeek

          eefoodgeek- spicy miso ^__^ (my personal fav)*

      2. re: Professor Salt

        Does anyone have any idea of what goes into their Shio broth? I've been making broth in crock-pots or pressure cookers at home and wanted to make theirs.

        Take Care

        - P

        1. re: Mattapoisett in LA

          The key ingredients are whole pork bones, vegetables and dried fish. The trick with getting a white tonkotsu broth is to violently boil the marrow out of those bones for hours on end. A gentle simmer ain't gonna cut it.

          1. re: Professor Salt

            Now I think i've found a recipe online I can try. Though I wish Santuka would sell their broth to go.

            1. re: Mattapoisett in LA

              I doubt they would. I went there for lunch last week and I noticed a sign that I have never seen before. It says "no to go orders".

              1. re: cdmedici

                It is the Same Sign, up since day one, outside the one at Venice and Centinela in our hood.

                Does anyone in LA sell the Broth?

                1. re: Mattapoisett in LA

                  Hey Matt. I bring a thermos, get it for there, and then pour off the broth for cooking later. Eat the ramen there, so it doesn't get soggy.

      3. it's all about the shio ramen. mmm!

        1. The "special roast pork" is the one that comes with the toroniku shio ramen. I actually like the regular chashu that comes with the regular shio ramen better, but the toroniku shio ramen's broth tastes better. Toroniku comes with 8-10 pieces of pork, instead of just 2.

          Toroniku shio ramen is #s 7-9 (regular, small, large).

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          1. re: mrhooks

            The shio broth is the same, if I'm not mistaken. The difference is the extra fatty pieces of toro niku, that packs in more flavor.

            But yeah, this is what you should order if you want the best combination IMO.

            1. re: WBGuy

              I did a comparison test, and they did not taste the same to me. And one time I went and they had a sign that said they were out of toroniku shio soup. I don't think they'd specify toroniku if it wasn't different.

          2. I think the special pork combo is the one that comes with all the pork and fixings on the side. I prefer that way, as it allows me to enjoy the flavor of the pork and the broth separately.

            1. My friend and I just tried the Shio ramen a month ago (in the Santouka in Torrance) for the first time and really liked it, although the portion is kinda small compared to other places, and they only give 2 pieces of pork! However, we really liked the broth, we both detected a bit of wine in the flavor -- anyone else seem to catch that?

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              1. re: chowchow12345678

                You get more pieces of pork if you get the special pork combo. Look how many slices are in this picture:

                1. re: SauceSupreme

                  Not to mention two pieces of pork is pretty much what you get at any ramen place unless you order one that specifically comes with more (toroniku at Santouka, extra chasyu at SSG, etc.)