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Fujin Ramen: Who has been?

Johnny L Sep 6, 2011 09:12 PM

I just found out about a new ramen shop called Fujin Ramen in West Covina (I know its beyond the outskirts of the SGV) but reading about the chef's pedigree on EaterLA I am very curious about his ramen.

Won't be able to try it for at least another week but anybody been yet? Seems to be pretty much ignored so far.

Fujin Ramen
1017 S Glendora Ave, West Covina, CA 91790

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  1. TonyC RE: Johnny L Sep 7, 2011 10:34 AM

    Fujin On Chow: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/6823...

    Chef on Chow c2004: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/58420

    Most recent Chow thread c2011: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/439288

    Still, none of that says much about the ramen. The tonkotsu is a 6-bone mix, simmered for as long as some onion soups stock. Noodles are sourced from Myojyo, ala the other SGV fave, Foo Foo Tei.

    To answer odub in the other thread, the tonkotsu broth is opaque. Frosted, if you will. The chicken stock based "crystal clear broth" shangtang (menu description / transcription, not mine) is available after 5:30pm, and is offered in "Raijin, Shang-Tang, Ma-Bo, and Niu-Lo-Men" forms.

    Add-on's include a pound of veggie, named "mashi mashi" ala Ramen Jiro, additional kotteri (NB: the blood stream can not handle the tonkotsu as is), and is there absolutely zero problem with the kakuni ala ASA/Yamada-Ya etc. I think, with the QC and cooking done personally by the chef who is in the kitchen daily, the level of thoughtfulness & execution can not be beat. And it's not a salt bomb ala ASA though do not expect Ramen California type of product. There's no ramenhound's choice when it comes to noodles/katame at the moment which may raise some objections. But hey, hardly anyone complains to Sang Yoon about his burgers these days.

    Attached photos, from L-R:
    buta meshi, niou-lo-mien, miso butter corn, noodles for miso butter corn.

    Fujin Ramen
    1017 S Glendora Ave, West Covina, CA 91790

    11 Replies
    1. re: TonyC
      Johnny L RE: TonyC Sep 7, 2011 11:09 AM

      For a chef of his calibur I wonder why he opened it up in West Covina? Probably the price of rent?

      Definitely have to give this place a try soon.

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        aizan RE: TonyC Sep 7, 2011 01:39 PM


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          odub RE: TonyC Sep 7, 2011 02:38 PM

          Dude, the photos of that broth have me shook. I ain't gonna lie.

          That said, I'm still planning on going tomorrow. Boom.

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            odub RE: odub Sep 8, 2011 03:35 PM

            Went and returned! http://bit.ly/pWvSvx

            Overall, I enjoyed it, would go back again to try some different dishes. Not my absolute favorite bowl of ramen, mostly because I thought the broth was less deep than I thought it would be given the stewing time of all those bones.

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              odub RE: odub Sep 15, 2011 11:50 AM

              Tony C: what have have you tried there (doesn't have to be noodles) that you ride for? I'll probably go back at least one more time (even if I wasn't as impressed by their soup as you were).

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                TonyC RE: odub Mar 29, 2012 09:19 AM

                Odub, sorry to have missed this. I know you've since returned. I'm a huge fan of their curry pan, buta mesha, and their karage.

                Glad you found the Lanzhou noodles to be your liking. The tomato tonkotsu seafood "ramen" (and I use the word loosely) always somehow eludes me. One of these days I'm going to take the plunge.

                This is my favorite noodle house in all of SGV. The Chinese five and dimes can suck it.

              2. re: odub
                hapa83 RE: odub Dec 5, 2011 06:20 PM

                Where did you have your favorite bowl of ramen?

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              edison222007 RE: TonyC Sep 10, 2011 11:08 PM

              wow incredible...food is great..this has now become my top #1 restaurant

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                odub RE: TonyC Jan 7, 2012 05:31 PM

                Just has the Lanzhou noodles. Holy sh--, those were awesome. Much better (to me) than their ramen.

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                  Johnny L RE: odub Jan 8, 2012 11:18 PM

                  what are Lanzhou noodles?

                  1. re: Johnny L
                    odub RE: Johnny L Jan 13, 2012 10:38 AM

                    Johnny: http://www.teenytinykitchen.com/compo...

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                Johnny L RE: Johnny L Mar 30, 2012 12:49 AM

                Recently went back and tried the chashu trio ramen. I think I'm done with chashu for quite a while now. Definitely want to try their other noodles though, especially that beef one looks interesting.

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