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Jul 13, 2011 04:38 AM

potential noodle adventure in the south bay

so i'm motivating a few friends to trek down to the south bay for a double noodle fest. ramen and naengmyon. the idea is to head down and do one or the other for lunch, and the other for dinner, with some sort of distraction in between meals. i would like to do this within the month of july, but that might be out of my hands, though i want this to happen on a very very warm day and or evening.

i was wondering about himawari. there doesn't seem to be a lot of recent posts about it. anyone eaten here recently that can attest to what is going on here now? what broth is best, for example? shio, it seems? and maybe i'm barking up the wrong tree and should be looking at santa, or ramen dojo, or other places? sorry i know this is talked about constantly but it seems that recent reviews of specifically well regarded restaurants aren't so available.

the other idea was naengmyon, based on melanie wong's recent post on kunjip. a place that specializes in beef soup AND naengmyon appeals, especially since mul naengmyon, or the cold noodles served in a chilled slushy broth, is supposed to be based on a well made beef broth and mild radish kimchi, or dongchimi "broth.". and while i just can't eat that much food, the idea of free noodle refills is tempting...

hope to accomplish this goal very soon, but any tips would absolutely be appreciated, especially in regards to recent experiences with ramen, with himawari in mind but not with any exclusivity. thank you in advance for any tips.

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  1. I was at Himawari about a month ago; they were extremely busy, and producing some fine bowls of ramen; I found their stewed pork very tender and flavorful, though a bit fatty. The noodles are of the proper thickness. They have plenty of variations on ramen. A lot of people seem to really like the tan tan ramen, but their tonkotsu still pales to Orenchi's in Santa Clara.

    For naengmyon, your options are far more limited without travelling to Sunnyvale/Santa Clara, as there are a dearth of places serving Korean food in the San Mateo region.

    I've had naengmyon at Jang Su Jang, which was very good; Jang Su Jang is also set up with grills on the table, so you can have your kalbi AND naengmyon...

    202 2nd Ave, San Mateo, CA 94401

    Jang Su Jang
    3561 El Camino Real, Santa Clara, CA 95051

    1. Mr. scarmoza went down to the Peninsula and had lunch at Himawari yesterday and couldn't stop raving about his miso corn ramen. He thought it was better than the corn ramen at Santa.

      202 2nd Ave, San Mateo, CA 94401

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      1. re: scarmoza

        Interesting, Scarmoza. The last bowl of miso ramen I had at Himawari, about a month ago, was almost inedible. Bitter, incredibly salty, and awful. However, my SO loved his pork broth ramen (deluxe pork?). I do like the clam butter ramen at Himawari, but I won't cheat on Ramen Dojo's miso ramen again. I also think the noodles are a lot better at Ramen Dojo.

        202 2nd Ave, San Mateo, CA 94401

        Ramen Dojo
        805 S B St, San Mateo, CA 94401

      2. I'm with mhuang, you should give Orenchi Ramen a try if you're headed all the way down to Santa Clara. I'd also suggest Ramen Tenma for a lighter style of ramen and especially if it's serving Okinawan soba, might be suitable for your THIRD bowl of the day. I consider San Mateo the Peninsula rather than South Bay.

        Orenchi Ramen
        3540 Homestead Rd, Santa Clara, CA 95051

        Ramen Tenma
        487 Saratoga Ave, San Jose, CA 95129