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Spicy Miso Ramen at Chubby Noodle in San Francisco

Melanie Wong Feb 6, 2013 11:59 PM

Chubby Noodle serves up Asian-inflected greatest hits, as well as ceviche and other fun bites.
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Operating as a permanent pop-up inside North Beach bar, Amante, Chubby Noodles‘ set up directs customers to line-up, order and pay at the back counter, then the food is brought to the table.
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Last month I tried out the Spicy Miso Ramen with pork belly, $10, and an order of House Made Kimchi, $3.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/melaniewong/8451465005/

The kimchi was good. A little sweet and quite spicy, the watery crunch was refreshing.

The disheveled toppings were mostly submerged under the surface of the soup. Some chopped and sauteed Napa cabbage replaced the sprouts listed on the menu. The strips of fatty roast pork belly had good flavor, but the rind was too tough to bite through. The highlight was the sweet, snappy charred corn that bobbed randomly around the bowl. The miso soup had some chili kick but was otherwise too simple. The softish noodles were scant in proportion to the amount of stock.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/melaniewong/8451461331/

While this bowl of ramen offered up some quality ingredients, the overall impression is disjointed and skimpy. Chubby Noodle enters the ramen ranking at #40.

Chubby Noodle
(Inside Amante bar)
570 Green St
San Francisco, CA 94133
(415) 361-8850
http://www.thechubbynoodle.com/
Tuesday - Saturday 6:00-11:00
Cash only

PERSONAL RAMEN RANKING
1. Ramen Halu, 375 Saratoga Ave Ste M, San Jose
2. Tsujita, 2057 Sawtelle Blvd, Los Angeles
3. Himawari, 202 2nd Ave, San Mateo
4. Orenchi Ramen, 3540 Homestead Rd, Santa Clara
5. Santouka, 675 Saratoga Ave, San Jose
6. Maru Ichi, 368 Castro St, Mountain View
7. Izakaya Mai, 212 2nd Avenue, San Mateo
8. Gaku Japanese Charcoal Grill, 5152 Moorpark Ave, San Jose
9. Ajisen Noodle, 47890 Warm Springs Blvd, Fremont
10. Maru Ichi, 530 Barber Lane, Milpitas
11. Ramen Dojo, 805 South B St, San Mateo
12. Shalala, 698 W Dana St, Mountain View
13. Tanto, 1063 E El Camino Real, Sunnyvale
14. Izakaya Restaurant, 1335 N 1st St, San Jose
15. Alexander’s Steakhouse Lounge, 10330 N Wolfe Rd, Cupertino
16. Santa, 1944 South El Camino Real, San Mateo (post-move)
17. Do-Henkotsu House of Tokushima Ramen, 4330 Moorpark Ave, San Jose (closed)
18. Ramen Tenma, 487 Saratoga Ave, San Jose
19. Ryowa, 859 Villa St, Mountain View
20. Orson Restaurant Bar + Lounge, 508 4th St, San Francisco (closed)
21. Sumiya, 2634 Homestead Rd, Santa Clara
22. Gen Ramen, 47890 Warm Springs Blvd, Fremont (closed)
23. Hana Japanese Restaurant, 101 Golf Course Dr, Rohnert Park
24. Ken Ken Ramen, pop-up at The Corner, San Francisco (closed, moved)
25. Kyora Japanese Restaurant, 1217 Wildwood Ave, Sunnyvale (closed)
26. BY Grill, 3226 Geary Blvd, San Francisco (closed)
27. Norikonoko, 2556 Telegraph Ave, Berkeley
28. Dohatsuten, 799 San Antonio Rd, Palo Alto
29. Hana, 4320 Moorpark, San Jose
30. Ozumo, 2251 Broadway, Oakland
31. Muracci’s, 244 State St, Los Altos
32. Katanaya, 430 Geary Blvd., San Francisco
33. Tadamasa, 34672 Alvarado Niles Road, Union City
34. Masa's Sushi, 400 San Antonio Road, Mountain View
35. Ippuku, 2130 Center St, Berkeley
36. Nombe, 2491 Mission St, San Francisco
37. Gochi, 19980 Homestead Rd, Cupertino
38. Oyaji, 3123 Clement St, San Francisco
39. Ramen Misoya, 3541 Homestead Rd, Santa Clara
40. Chubby Noodle, 570 Green St, San Francisco
41. Ame Restaurant, 689 Mission St, San Francisco
42. Yu-Raku, 104 S El Camino Real, San Mateo
43. Namu, 439 Balboa St, San Francisco (moved)
44. Halu Restaurant, 312 8th Ave, San Francisco
45. Sanmi, 3226 Geary Blvd, San Francisco (closed)
46. Hatcho, 1271 Franklin Mall, Santa Clara
47. Kahoo, 4330 Moorpark Ave, San Jose
48. Tomoe, 810 3rd St, San Rafael (closed)
49. Ringer Hut, 1072 Saratoga Ave, San Jose
50. Noodle Theory, 3242 Scott St, San Francisco (closed)
51. Watami Shabu Shabu and Ramen, 5344 Geary Blvd, San Francisco (closed)
52. Where’s Buta by Elgin Espiritu and June Lee, Eat Real Festival, Oakland
53. Kumako, 211 E. Jackson Street, San Jose
54. Japanese Restaurant Hoshi, 246 Saratoga Avenue, Santa Clara
55. Ramen Club, 723 California Dr, Burlingame
56. Saiwaii Ramen, 2240 Irving St, San Francisco
57. Ryowa, 2068 University Ave, Berkeley (after ownership change)
58. King Won Ton, 1936 Irving St, San Francisco
59. Tazaki Sushi, 3420 Judah St, San Francisco
69. Ramen Rama, 19774 Stevens Creek Blvd, Cupertino (closed)
61. Ogi-San Ramen, 10789 Blaney Ave, Cupertino (closed)
62. Kaimuki Grill, 104 S El Camino Real, San Mateo (closed)
63. Tanto, 1306 Saratoga Ave, San Jose (now Dan Izakaya)
64. Okazu Ya SF (Noriega), 2445 Noriega St, San Francisco
65. King's Garden Ramen, 39055 Cedar Blvd, Newark (closed)
66. Sushi Bistro, 445 Balboa St, San Francisco (closed, moved
)67. Genki Ramen, 3944 Geary Blvd, San Francisco
68. Mitsuwa Hokkaido festival booth, 675 Saratoga Ave, San Jose
69. Dan Izakaya, 1306 Saratoga Ave, San Jose
70. Lakuni, 325 E 4th Ave, San Mateo
71. 100% Healthy Desserts, 1155 Taraval St., San Francisco
72. Mifune, 1737 Post St, San Francisco
73. H2A Noodle, 42318 Fremont Blvd., Fremont (closed)
74. Iroha, 1728 Buchanan St, San Francisco
75. Miraku Noodles, 2131 N Broadway, Walnut Creek
76. Manpuku, 2977 College Ave, Berkeley
77. Tanpopo, 1740 Buchanan Street, San Francisco
78. Sushi Yoshi, 39261 Cedar Blvd, Newark
79. La Shang Niang Ramen (OEC), 42 Dixon Rd, Milpitas (closed)
80. Oidon, 71 E. 4th Avenue, San Mateo
81. Taraval Okazu Ya, 1735 Taraval St., San Francisco
82. Suzu Noodle House, 1581 Webster Street, San Francisco
83. Bushido Izakaya, 156 Castro St, Mountain View
84. Fresh Taste, 2107 El Camino Real, Palo Alto
85. Asuka Ramen, 883 Bush St, San Francisco (closed)
86. Sapporo-ya, 1581 Webster St, San Francisco
87. Tokyo Ramen, 678 Barber Lane, Milpitas (closed)
88. Kamakura, 2549 Santa Clara Ave, Alameda
89. Mama-san!, 312 8th Ave, San Francisco (closed)
90. Katana-ya Ramen, 10546 San Pablo Ave, El Cerrito
91. Hotei, 1290 9th Ave, San Francisco
92. Bear's Ramen House, 2521 Durant, Berkeley