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Did anyone try the Ramen Burger in Torrance today?

compstory Sep 7, 2013 12:20 PM

I'm pretty bummed out that I work while the burger is being served. For anyone who tried it, what was the verdict

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    ns1 Sep 7, 2013 03:57 PM

    Social media reporting 3-4 hour waits wtf???

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      ns1 Sep 7, 2013 05:07 PM



      "Shimamoto only planned on serving 500 burgers in Torrance on Saturday, although a rough count from his team estimated 1,200 people were in line. He'll be at Osawa in Pasadena on Sunday with 300 more. "

      1. JeMange Sep 7, 2013 06:35 PM

        Why would ANYONE want to eat that?

        1. trojans Sep 7, 2013 06:47 PM

          3-4 hour wait? Sounds like an idiot tax.

          1. love2eat Sep 7, 2013 07:02 PM

            The burger looks disgusting.

            1. Dommy Sep 7, 2013 08:14 PM

              Tomorrow, they will serving it in Pasadena... an even smaller number of burgers sadly...

              I will say, I too am intrigued. I LOVE Japanese Hamburg steak. It's so hard to get a good one... his looks excellent even without the Ramen topping...

              --Dommy !

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              1. re: Dommy
                Tripeler Sep 7, 2013 08:58 PM

                I wonder how much like a typical Japanese hanbaagaa this will taste like, Dommy. Likely it will be quite different.

                1. re: Tripeler
                  blimpbinge Sep 7, 2013 09:03 PM

                  Keizo Shimamoto (of goramen, bassanova) is making them, he really has a passion for it and ran a ramen shop in japan so I hope he was able to make something really good.

                  Unfortunately, I am bz this weekend, so I cannot try.

                  It's something interesting, though not really new, not understanding the negativity from the other posters.

                  1. re: blimpbinge
                    Dommy Sep 7, 2013 09:54 PM

                    I think the LA Times started the snark since it compared it to a Cronut. But Noodle/Rice Wrappers have been used all through out Asia... A ramen noodle bun really isn't THAT much of a streach or useless as people seem to beleive...


                    1. re: Dommy
                      Tripeler Sep 8, 2013 07:04 AM

                      It is really not much different from the pressed rice "bun" that MosBurger has used for years in their rice-burgers. In any case, it would be unrealistic to expect anything close to a Japanese style hamburger steak. Rather, I would expect something something more like an American burger ensconced in a bun made of ramen noodles. What is interesting are the possibilities of burger toppings from both US burgers and bowls of Japanese ramen. In any case, no snark intended at all from here.

                2. re: Dommy
                  ajmojave Sep 8, 2013 12:07 PM

                  What is your favorite place for hamburg? It is a favorite of mine and there are no good ones that I know of in Torrance(of course I am Willing to travel)

                  1. re: ajmojave
                    Servorg Sep 8, 2013 12:26 PM

                    If you aren't looking for a burger with bun then I am partial to the hamburger set that they do at Tamatebako on Western in Torrance. They offer various sauces, like demiglace and wafu (among others) and it's served with a nice medley of vegetables and an egg on a sizzling platter. Pretty darn tasty.

                    Here is a photo of one on Yelp https://www.google.com/search?hl=en&a...

                    1. re: Servorg
                      ajmojave Sep 8, 2013 12:51 PM

                      I will give it a try

                      1. re: Servorg
                        Dommy Sep 8, 2013 11:07 PM

                        Thanks for the rec! I haven't tried it here or at Wakasan, which only has it for lunch with good reviews...


                      2. re: ajmojave
                        Dommy Sep 8, 2013 11:05 PM

                        My favorite place used to be Sawtelle Kitchen... RIP. My current favorite is at Curry Hyang in Korea Town. Today I had a pretty nice version at Isa Ramen also in Koreatown. Lately Koreatown has really been hitting the right Japanese Comfort food notes...


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                      catbert Sep 7, 2013 08:54 PM

                      i wish i knew (not even on mitsuwa's fb). i would have gone. beats the heat in the valley

                      1. Tripeler Sep 7, 2013 08:56 PM

                        I suppose this makes sense. Ramen in Japan compares well to burgers in the US as a food icon that ranges from great to horrible. And new versions ALWAYS attract the curiosity of people.

                        1. Chandavkl Sep 8, 2013 08:57 AM


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                          1. re: Chandavkl
                            compstory Sep 8, 2013 10:01 AM

                            This is insane!

                            1. re: Chandavkl
                              Servorg Sep 8, 2013 10:11 AM

                              Brings back memories (nightmares?) of my Disneyland "Haunted Mansion" daze...

                              1. re: Chandavkl
                                raizans Sep 8, 2013 11:11 AM

                                does anyone know what the ingredients were? i'm just going to cook it at home.

                                1. re: raizans
                                  Chandavkl Sep 8, 2013 12:00 PM

                                  There are a number of You Tube videos on how to make one

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                                engie Sep 8, 2013 02:58 PM

                                Is this for real? WTF 3-4 hour wait... Idiot tax indeed!

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                                1. re: engie
                                  granadafan Sep 8, 2013 10:17 PM

                                  Pass. No food is worth that wait. Plus it didn't even look that good.

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