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what to get at asahi ramen on sawtelle?

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i have a friend coming into town who really wants to eat here.

the problem is, i really haven't had anything i liked there. ive had the shoyu and the miso and disliked both. the shoyu was too salty and the miso was ehhh, boring and one-note. the noodles seemed overcooked both times. i had the summer noodle dish once, it was ok - but surprisingly, i liked the cold summer version at chabuya across the street a little more (and that place's ramen is overall a little worse than this place). if i want ramen on the westside, i invariably end up at santouka.

is there something im missing? what should i order, curry rice? i feel bad not really wanting to go there... but the wait is so long, and i cant figure out why.

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  1. Asahi Ramen is indeed meh.

    Tell your friend there is much better ramen to be had elsewhere (Santouka), and see if s/he changes his/her mind.

    If s/he is recalcitrant to the notion, then let your friend go crazy at Asahi Ramen, while you can try ordering something there you've not had before (like the curry rice)...

    This IS a predicament.

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    Asahi Ramen
    2027 Sawtelle Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

    1. I've always gotten their "soupless" noodles...specifically their yakisoba with chicken. They also offer it with pork, but I haven't tried that version.

      1. I get Shio ramen there, but ya there is better food in that area..

        1. Asahi Ramen is ok. Cheap, big portions.

          Across the street, Chabuya has a very good beef stew ramen - beef is incredibly tender and tasty, and stewed with root vegetables. Their spicy minced pork ramen noodles is also very good.

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          Chabuya
          2002 Sawtelle Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025

          Asahi Ramen
          2027 Sawtelle Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

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          1. re: Ginger9

            There is a Chabuya near me here in Tokyo and the ramen is light, not oversalted, and fantastic.
            Is Chabuya well-regarded in LA?

          2. I think it used to be better and there weren't as many close/better options - like 14 years ago. Their mapo tofu is like comfort food and their potstickers were also good. I agree with you about the soup but the shio was ok. And someone below mentions the cold noodles with chicken which I do like. And l've always like their pickles.