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Sep 6, 2011 09:12 PM

Fujin Ramen: Who has been?

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. Fujin On Chow:

    Chef on Chow c2004:

    Most recent Chow thread c2011:

    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

      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.

        1. re: TonyC

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

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

          1. re: odub

            Went and returned!

            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.

            1. re: odub

              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).

              1. re: odub

                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

                Where did you have your favorite bowl of ramen?

            2. re: TonyC

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

              1. re: TonyC

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

              2. 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.