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Mar 2, 2012 03:36 PM

Ramen in the S.F. Valley

It is hard living in Tujunga and not being able to find a nice Ramen place. Most Japanese places (actually, Korean posing as Japanese), serve Udon. Those fat pasty noodles never appealed to me.

So far, Nippon Ramen on Reseda has been my hangout, but I tried Kyushu on Sherman Way today. How disappointing. As Ramen goes it was blah. The broth was (3) on the 1 to 10 scale, and was chock full of MSG, which made my tongue feel strange (something I have not felt in a while), and later has given me a headache (while I write this, BTW).

Kyushu, does look like it has some other decent items, but for Ramen, look elsewhere. Don't get me wrong, Nippon is no great shakes either, but traveling all the way to J-town isn't always practical.

Anyone know of any other Ramen places in the S.F. valley? I tried one off of Ventura near Van Nuys, years ago, but they were hit & miss.

Ciao, ciao...

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  1. The place on Ventura near Van Nuys, Koraku, is actually decent. But, luckily for you, there is also superb ramen even closer to you at Rman Jiinya, 11239 Ventura Blvd. Studio City.

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      1. re: ns1

        +1, seriously how have you not tried the superb ramen at Jinya?

        1. re: Johnny L

          Johnny L. - Pure ignorance... I simply have not known of it, hence my previous query. I will certainly look into it, though, and greatly thank you for your suggestion. While I have occasionally looked at Rameniac, I find it to be a bit elitist and overly sophisticated for my barbaric taste buds. Thus, I may have overlooked some fine suggestions, as yours. Again, thank you! BTW, do they use the "crutch" MSG or do they make their "broth from scratch?"

          1. re: chilifries

            No real ramen shop uses MSG. But of course there is the naturally occurring forms of it from the possible use of dashi stock.

            1. re: chilifries

              Based in Studio City as it is Ramen Jinya tends to err much more on the side of too healthy than too chemical. Their eponymous offering is chicken based rather than pork, and they feature both a vegan and a seafood option. That said their special chashu bowl is quite good, but you have to get there early as they only make something like 20 portions a day. They had problems with slow service early on but those have been ironed out. Unfortunately, at least in one sense, it has been "discovered" and now sports lines at lunchtime. Definitely the best in the Valley that I have had.

              1. re: ebethsdad

                THANK YOU ALL!
                I finally visited Ramen Jinya... What a joy! My "virginal" experience there was a treat, with my trying the #2, i.e. Shio Tonkatsu Hakata Ramen, and enjoying every moment The broth was very tasty with no MSG taste and no salty overkill. The noodles were the okay yellow variety, but they were definitely cooked just right. The pork had just enough fat and was cooked long enough to be very tender, etc... All in all, Jinya appears to take sufficient time to provide a very good product. On a 1 to 10, they are a solid 7. The reason for this is I want to possibly reserve an 8 for the Premium Hakata.

                Again, thanks to all for recommending Ramen Jinya. I anticipate many happy times ahead, trying their other offerings and hope the weather turns cold again, so I can sit outside and really enjoy a nice hot bowl of ramen.

                1. re: chilifries

                  Tonkatsu is a pork cutlet.
                  Tonkotsu are pork bones.
                  You had Shio Tonkotsu ramen.

                  It's a common mistake.

                  Thanks for the report!

                  1. re: Tripeler

                    Tripeler - Thanks for the info/correction. Have a good one!

        1. About Kyushu - did you get the miso, shoyu or bone broth ramen? I've had a decent time there. Then again - always get a few of the izakaya dishes next door.

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          1. re: Jerome


            I got the Shoyu. Since then, I visited Ramen Jinya so I will not be visiting Kyushu anytime soon. I am sure they have some fine Bulgogi, ribs, tofu, etc... but for Ramen it is Jinya, unless I am near Reseda Blvd. Then it would be Nippon. Having said that, there are many fine Korean places near my house, so I am not hurting in that area, but thanks for the reply and the comment concerning izakaya. Good food, good times!