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Tonkotsu Ramen at Fujiyoshi Ramen [San Francisco]

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Delicious tonkotsu ramen at Fujiyoshi Ramen, a restaurant that opened a few months ago in Tendernob.

Rather than the opaque soup that I expected, Fujiyoshi's is much lighter. It had a lovely sweetness that I appreciate in good tonkotsu soups with none of the bitter aftertaste or gumminess you can find from overboiled stocks.

A word of warming, there was a clear layer of oil on the top of the soup. I've heard it explained before that this helps seal in the heat of the stock, but I can understand someone objecting to it.

My MSG spider sense was tingling, so I'm curious to hear from people who are more sensitive if they have a reaction. I'm terrible at picking it out so I'd love to find out if it's added or not.

I asked for the thin noodles, as is standard in ramen from Kyushu, and while I asked for them hard (so that they can soften in the hot soup), they came rather soft. They weren't so soft as to ruin the experience, and I ate them so quickly that it hardly mattered.

As for the egg, the whites were nicely set while the yolk was runnier than I'm accustomed to. The pork would be meager even by Tokyo standards. The bamboo shoots were nicely sweet as well, and they had incorporated quite a few white sesame seeds in the soup.

Was it perfect? No. And if you're looking for a gut bomb, you will be sorely disappointed.

But it reminded me of the ramen joints where I used to order a bowl before my last train home, and I have a feeling it'll do wonders for hangovers.

As a bonus, their curry was great as well, though again much milder than the norm. After a bite of the gluey, roux-smacked S&B/House brand stuff (which I hold dear in my heart), this would seem like very light indeed. It arrived slightly more tepid than desired, but I managed to finish it all anyway.

I'll be back to try the kotteri (richer and more intense) version another day.

Fujiyoshi Ramen
639 Post St
San Francisco, CA 94109

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