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Jan 24, 2014 09:26 PM

OC Area Japanese Noodle

Can any one recommend a Japanese noodle place in OC?

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  1. Ramen Zetton for Ramen. Get the #4: special chicken shoyu. Add egg. The tsukemen is also very good. Get it "cold". Broth is still hot.

    Fukada for udon and soba.

    1. Ramen Yamadaya, get Spicy Kakuni Ramen

      Santouka Ramen inside Mitsuwa Marketplace (Costa Mesa or Irvine)

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      1. re: laguano

        Yamadaya OC has really gone downhill for at least a year now. They're not even trying anymore.

        1. re: Porthos

          Really? I went a couple of days ago and I liked it still. Out of curiosity why do you think the OC location is slipping?

          1. re: laguano

            It's no where near the quality of the Torrance one when that was the only one a few years ago and the quality has dropped significantly since open.

            1. re: Porthos

              I've been to the Torrance one. (So tiny!). I thought the quality was just the same in my opinion.

        2. re: laguano

          go to santouka, still think thats the best in OC...#6 pork special

          1. re: Lau

            Haha I recommended Santouka in my post, though.

            1. re: laguano

              laguano - haha i just reinforcing

              porthos - its food so its totally subjective of course. also with respect to santouka i dont like their other broths as much as the signature shio ramen (my taste obviously)

              1. re: Lau

                Most people like the shio. Probably their most popular one. I started off with the shio tonkotsu but at the height of my Santouka ramen eating, ended up liking the miso and shoyu more.

                I think I overdosed on tonkotsu broth about a year ago so I tend to prefer non shio/tonkotsu preps these days. I know I'm in the minority on this.

                1. re: Porthos

                  yah i know what u mean about overdosing on tonkotsu broth, i mean its pretty heavy so its not something i can eat all the time, its more of a once in a while kind of thing

            2. re: Lau

              All comes down to personal preference of course. Had a bowl if the miso-tonkotsu at Santouka last week. The soup is still tasty but I much prefer the thicker noodles these days. Didn't even finish the noodles on a regular bowl and I'm that guy that usually orders extra ramen.

            3. re: laguano

              Strongly disagree re: Yamadaya. Great when it opened, terrible now, and they don't care—dirty glasses, sloppy service, high prices, and the ramen doesn't make me want to come back.

            4. I used to be a Santouka fanboy - and still enjoy every now and then. Zetton has def jumped ahead for me - thanks to Porthos' diligent hounding and rec. i have not gotten past the #4 and order that every time, to date.

              How is the ramen at Playground - if anyone has tried? Obviously not expecting the same type of product as a Japanese noodle house but I am still interested.

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              1. re: Searching4Dunny

                The #4 at Zetton is delicious. I tired the pork shio again the other day and it wasn't nearly as flavorful and complex. I can see how a tonkotsu lover would not like that broth.

                The mazemen ramen at Playground is actually very tasty. Also Sun Noodles, but much thinner than the noodles used at Zetton. They overload it with green onions and raw red onions which I remove. Once you remove it all, it's actually pretty tasty with the 62 degree egg and the bone marrow or beef fat or duck fat (whatever fat they decide to use that day). It's dry, no broth, which is actually much better than their previous broth versions. I get it every time I go.

                1. re: Porthos

                  Playground ramen sounds worth a try. I also prefer the thick Sun Noodles that Zetton serves but am more than happy to try other ramen using different noodles. Thanks for the info!

              2. Can anyone comment on Yotaro?