Shuchan Ramen is back!!!
After a 2-year hiatus, Shuchan is renting Toji Restaurant during lunch until they can find a place of their own. They serve a good variety and a pretty decent bowl so check them out if you can. They open around 11am, but I'm not sure what time they close. If you get there before 12, every ramen comes with a free order of half gyoza or half chahan...not a bad deal!
Here is what I ordered:
Shoyu-Tonkotsu Ramen: This ramen is their "special" and it's taped to the menu with a ripped-up piece of paper so I couldn't resist to order it. The shoyu-tonkotsu was very smooth with loads of flavor. It may be too salty for some, but I didn't mind it at all. It surprisingly tasted really good. The toppings (slightly dry yet flavorful chashu, menma, naruto, negi, and nori) were also good, but it felt like they were missing something. Something like a hanjuku egg perhaps. Yeah, I think an egg would have made it complete. The just-your-average-factory-made-noodles-that-everyone-uses were cooked perfectly and played the role of a good understudy.
Shio Ramen: A true shio ramen in the sense that it was really salty, but then again shio ramen should be salty. A refreshing choice for all you shio lovers out there. The toppings and noodles were the same as above. If you do think it's too salty, they'll be happy to mellow it out for you.
Gyoza: The gyoza was homemade, but I'm still deciding if I liked them or not. They weren't bad and I can't really complain about them since they were FREE. They contained lots of garlic (which I like), but a burnt flavor seemed to overshadow it all. Try them and let me know what you think?
2212 Artesia Blvd.
Torrance, CA 90504
2212 Artesia Blvd, Torrance, CA 90504
Hi Exile Kiss,
I'm not sure if it was much of a staple for so cal ramen (i don't think so) but it's good to see one come back.
They had several other flavors but I was in a hurry and now I can't remember what all of them were. I'll pay more attention next time but maybe someone else will be able to answer that in the meantime.
Just came back from my second time at Toji/Shu Chan and thought the quality was still the same as before when they were a stand-alone shop in the Njiya marketplace in Gardena. The free gyoza or fried rice before 12pm was nice. I missed having that fried rice.
They were a staple of the Japanese ex-pat working men from Nissan, Toyota, et al. Like hamburgers and pizza, ramen is debatable for what is truly chow-worthy. I think they do ramen pretty well. I'm not into waiting for Shin Sen Gumi even though I head out to lunch before the crowds, Gardena Ramen ,while good, doesn't have the variety, so Shu Chan can be considered worthy for spending your carb credits.
Last time I had Gomoku ramen and really enjoyed that bowl. This time I had the Shoyu-Tonkatsu special and thought it was OK. It was on the salty side as Keizo stated, but not as salty as Asameshi Maeda Honten at the ramen festival earlier in the year.
Definitely glad to see that Shu Chan is back in action.
Shoyu, Shio, Tonkatsu, Miso, Gomoku, Moyashi, Aona, Kimchee, Tanmen, and Curry.