Jinya Ramen Express: SPICY MISO TONKOTSU (LA)

Address: 6801 Hollywood Blvd #317, Los Angeles, CA 90028

Website: http://jinya-ramenbar.com

Ramen: Spicy Miso Tonkotsu with Egg & Black Garlic Oil

Price: $12

REVIEW: Choose your broth! Choose your noodle! Choose your topping! If someone told me that there was decent fast food Ramen out there I would have laughed, I did laugh but then they told me it was a Jinya joint and I said “I’m in”. Jinya Ramen Express is exactly how it sounds, your Ramen, their quality, done quickly and I gotta admit, it’s pretty tasty. I went for the Spicy Miso Tonkotsu broth (thick, rich, flavorful), the thin noodles, extra green onion & cilantro (fresh flavors), ground pork (love the texture), corn (my fave), black garlic oil (an extra level of rich flavor) and some additional spice paste (to kick the whole thing up a notch). To top it all off, they do a killer Egg! I was shocked at how well and how quickly it all came together, the multitude of flavors were all great, anchored by a solid multi-leveled, tasty broth. I would highly recommend this Express Ramen bar and I will definitely return next time I am in Hollywood!

Score: rating_3

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Ginza ABC Ramen: Spicy Miso Ramen

Place: Ginza ABC Ramen

Address: Japan, 〒104-0061 東京都中央区銀座3丁目5−5

Website: N/A

Ramen: Spicy Miso Ramen

Description: Rich tonkotsu based miso broth topped with chasu, ground pork, negi, lettuce leaf, chili paste, and a lemon slice.

Price: 950 Yen

REVIEW: Started in 1977 Ginza ABC Ramen has been quite popular for a long time. The first thing I have mentioned when showing anyone the picture below, is to ignore the lettuce and lemon slice. The have no bearing on the dish itself.  The actual broth and noodles are really solid and have a great flavor. With the chili paste mixed into the soup it had a nice punch and great garlicky/chili flavor that complemented the miso brother quite nicely. Noodles are handmade on site and were really well done. The place itself is a dive and really does not show off how good the ramen actually is so don’t be scared when you first walk in and feel like turning around and heading out. The food is great.

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Score: rating_4

Ramen Shalala: TONKOTSU KURO RAMEN

Place: Ramen Shalala

Address: 1737 Buchanan St, Japantown, San Francisco, 94115

Website: http://www.ramenshalala.com/

Ramen: Tonkotsu Kuro Ramen

Description: Deep and thick Tonkotsu Broth with Soy Sauce Base Flavor. Includes Chashu, Seasoned Egg, Kikurage Mushrooms, Negi added Corn and “Spice”.

Price: $11.00

REVIEW: Light broth, very flavorful. Nice egg but chewy/bland pork, noodles were a perfect al dente, additional spice did not add a big kick.

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Score: rating_3