Place: Hakkaido Ramen Santouka (Boston)
Address: 66 Hereford St, Boston, MA 02115
Ramen: Tokotsu Kara Miso Ramen: Robust miso paste and silky broth, with a hint of bonito dashi creates the gentle balance flavor. The spiciness gives a nice kick to the flavor. Served with added soft-boiled egg, corn & butter
It was a cold, bright day in Boston and with an hour to kill before heading to the airport, I decided to find myself some local ramen. After a quick buzz online and a few social media recommendations, I ended up visiting the extremely popular Santouka Ramen.
There was a 30-minute wait for lunch as the place is small and very packed. I finally got a table and went for their $15 Lunch Special (a bowl of ramen, with an egg, corn & butter). I went for their spiciest bowl, the Tokotsu Kara Miso Ramen, a solid blend of Tonkotsu pork broth, miso paste and bonito dashi with a kick of chili… of course. I was pleasantly surprised by the mix of flavors, I could taste it all while not being overpowered by one individual taste. The noodles were a perfect al dente, the pork decent and the corn crunchy. Personally I wanted a larger chili kick and my egg was cold on the inside but the flavors were all there and they were enjoyable.
I’d visit Santouka again but I also want to explore what else Boston has to offer in its “ramen game”, but I know there’s a solid bowl there so I’m sure I’ll be back!
Address: 1298 65th St #1, Emeryville, CA 94608
Ramen: Spicy Tonkotsu. Chasu, menma, arugula, cayenne pepper slivers, soft boiled egg
Another new shop to pop-up during this amazing ramen boom, Yuzu Ramen & Broffee sits in a quite, honestly odd, part of Emeryville away from all of the hustle and bustle of Bay Street. Little known to me it honestly popped up in the Facebook advertisment feeds one day and I thought, hey, let’s try this out for lunch.
We popped over about a week ago for lunch after running some errands and made it in just before closing. (2pm is end of lunch) The actual restaraunt is layed out really cool, with an awesome back patio with heaters and blankets for those cold nights.
I went with my usual, the Spicy Tonkotsu. The bowl arrived and honestly it wasn’t anything to phone home about visually. The toppings looked good, were placed neatly, and it was very no-nonsense. The broth however, Wow! One of the better Tonkotsu broths I have had here in the Bay Area. Rich and creamy with some really nice layers of flavor including a bit of garlic and a hint of white pepper to then accompany the heat of the chili oil. The noodles were thin and basic, but were really well done. Not the best I have had, but really nothing to complain about. The Chasu was fantastic, perfectly cooked with a hint of smoke from being either grilled or bbq’d after the roasting. The egg, however, was disappointing. Way under cooked and not seasoned it was a total let down. Had the egg been cooked a tiny bit longer and seasoned it would have been a great dish. Especially at $15. This was a solid $10 ramen at best.
For East Bay spots it’s a good place to go. I will go back again for sure.
Address: 320 E. Pine Street, Seattle, WA. 98122
Ramen: Garlic Tonkotsu Shoyu Ramen ($12) w. Seasoned egg ($2)
REVIEW: Knowing that I was headed to Seattle for business, I put the call out on Twitter for a good Ramen recommendation and boy, did Social Media deliver. During lunch, a buddy and I went to Kizuki Ramen & Izakaya for the heavily recommended GARLIC TONKOTSU SHOYU RAMEN. On the menu, its listed as “Limited Quantity everyday”, luckily we made it in time. What a great bowl of ramen! The base was Tonkotsu, with added Shoyu and tons of garlic, all these flavors melded so well together, without an overpowering burn of garlic but all of the taste! The Chashu was great, the egg was solid and the noodles tasty. Overall, this was definitely a solid bowl of Ramen! If you find yourself in Capitol Hill, Seattle, stop by Kizuki for their delectable GARLIC TONKOTSU SHOYU RAMEN, it’s definitely worth a visit.