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RIVALofFantasista Sep 25, 2003 03:48 PM

Orochon Ramen 5
(213) 617-1766
123 S. Onizuka St., #303,
Los Angeles

I heard its pretty good...opened aboot 6 months ago...

Please if you think asahi ramen or ramenya is tasty, please dont reply to this post...Im looking for those who have eaten ramen in japan...

thanks!

  1. Joe Blowe Aug 21, 2007 01:11 PM

    To Everyone:

    This thread is nearly 4 YEARS old, and Rival is long gone. Thank God.

    1. tritip Aug 21, 2007 11:21 AM

      Hasn't Orochon been open for more than six months? I thought it was mediocre. Plus, I ordered mine too spicy and regretted it immediately.

      I did like Daikokuya -- VERY hearty broth. The place is a little funky, but sometimes that's what you're looking for.

      I've eaten ramen in Japan. I don't care for Asahi or Ramenya very much, and I'm not even such a huge fan of the Santouka in the Mitsuwa West L.A.

      My favorite place for Ramen is in Gardena, Shin Sen Gumi Hakata Ramen. They serve Hakata style pork broth with diner selectable degree-of-fattiness.

      I think the southbay is the best place to go for all kinds of Japanese noodles with its outstanding restaurants like Otafuku and Sanuki no Sato.

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        Cattus Sep 25, 2003 10:19 PM

        Does liking the ramen at Asahi (I do) preclude my liking the ramen at Orochon or what I have eaten in Japan?

        I happen to like them both (Asahi and the real stuff in Japan) which probably means I don't know my ramen and - hence - am not a REAL RAMEN fan.

        I was kind of annoyed recently when a Taiwanese friend visiting town was "dying" to eat ramen. When we took her to Asahi, all she did was complain about how the ramen didn't measure up to what she had eaten in TAIWAN, which apparently gave her the qualifications to criticize and make judgements.

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        1. re: Cattus
          altadenafoodguy Aug 20, 2007 06:57 PM

          I went to Orochan Ramen for the first time on Friday and found it to be amazing. Great noodles, very good soup, and excellent ingredients. The place was PACKED for lunch with a 75% Japanese crowd, speaking Japanese and looking like recent transplants. My waitress was Japanese as well.

          I am a huge fan of Daikokuya and Yokohama Shinsengumi and have lived in Japan (and eaten sickening quantities of ramen there) for many years . . . But of course that doesn't mean much in the end since ramen appreciation is a pretty subjective area.

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          Cattus Sep 25, 2003 10:18 PM

          Does liking the ramen at Asahi (I do) preclude my liking the ramen at Orochon or what I have eaten in Japan?

          I happen to like them both (Asahi and the real stuff in Japan) which probably means I don't know my ramen and - hence - am not a REAL RAMEN fan.

          I was kind of annoyed recently when a Taiwanese friend visiting town was "dying" to eat ramen. When we took her to Asahi, all she did was complain about how the ramen didn't measure up to what she had eaten in TAIWAN, which apparently gave her the qualifications to criticize and make judgements.

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            Professor Salt Sep 25, 2003 08:47 PM

            Why don't *you* try it and report back?

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              Curt Sep 25, 2003 08:45 PM

              How about udon at Narita?!

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                Xericx Sep 25, 2003 08:11 PM

                I've had ramen in Japan!

                :wave:

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                  Joe B. Sep 25, 2003 07:23 PM

                  Check the link.

                  P.S. I've had ramen in Japan during many of my visits, from the North to the South. It does not make me a ramen expert. In my ever-so-humble opinion, it doesn't make you an expert either.

                  People will know what good food tastes like when they experience it firsthand, whether in Japan or L.A. They don't need to hear, "If you've never had ramen in Japan, you couldn't possibly know what I'm talking about."

                  Link: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

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                    Jerome Sep 25, 2003 07:15 PM

                    Ok. HOw are asahi ramen and ramen-ya inferior to ramen in japan? Always ready to learn.

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                      RIVALofFantasista Sep 25, 2003 11:26 PM

                      hey thanks Joe B!

                      I didnt mean to offend anyone here...I by no means am a ramenEXPERT either...

                      BUT...

                      I have spent hours in line at the most legendary ramen shops in japan...yokohama, tokyo, ogikubu, osaka, kyoto...

                      I have been blessed to have great friends who have smart tounges :-P

                      I must say...I used to think the WORLD of asahi ramen...I forced some of my japanese friends from jp to eat there...and they were pretty disapointed in me to say the least...

                      so the first time i when to jp...the day i landed they took me to YOSHIMURAYA in yokohama...Its a tonkotsu based ramen btw...I must say, i was absolutely blown away...Since that moment over 5 years ago...I have been changed forever...

                      if you want more info on Tokyo ramen go here:
                      http://www.worldramen.net/Tokyo/tokyo...

                      I've been to about 4 of those places in tokyo...if you go to any of em , come back to LA and then try ramen here and actually enjoy it...Ill buy you your next bowl

                      1. re: RIVALofFantasista
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                        Jeremy Hunter Sep 26, 2003 01:21 PM

                        Hi,

                        Thank you for the tip about Orochan.

                        There is another Little Tokyo place that shouldn't be overlooked, which is Daikokuya on First Street across from the Miyako Inn.

                        Not having tried Orochan, Daikokuya is galactically fine.

                        The "black pig" broth will show up in your dreams for days and days afterwards. The egg is perfectly soft boiled and dissolves in the tonkotsu to form an ethereal combination... The bamboo "menma" is firm and sweet, the roast pork is silky smooth and MELTS in your mouth.

                        The Gyoza is the best I've ever had in LA (I know this is a bold statement, I'm willing to stand by it.).

                        In any case, every self-respecting ramen fan should at least give this place a shot.

                        After this, yes, you will see that Asahi, Kinchan's and Ramen-ya are all mere pretenders...

                        Good luck!

                        J.

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                          RIVALofFantasista Sep 26, 2003 11:05 PM

                          Hey Jeremy,

                          thanks a lot man! I'm gonna go tomorrow! I'll report back

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                            RIVALofFantasista Sep 27, 2003 07:55 PM

                            OK...WEll i can confirm that Orochon is god-awful

                            The spiciness level is a total gimmick...

                            My friend got level 3 and he almost puked after his meal...

                            service was slow and poor at the same time

                            PLEASE GOD MAKE DAIKOKUYA GOOD!!!!

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                              Jeremy Hunter Sep 30, 2003 01:20 AM

                              Any luck with Daikokuya?

                              J.

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                                Liloo Sep 30, 2003 02:31 PM

                                I'm curious to hear this report, too. Daikokuya has been one of my favorite places since it opened. And, I *have* had dreams about it!

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