Thursday, February 26, 2009

Hakata Ramen at Shinsengumi and How I Devoured the Whole Bowl

Ramen! Like I said pre-French Laundry, I'll be eating lots of ramen after that gorgeous meal. I'm slowly making my way through the South Bay eateries (though this weekend I'm planning a full-blown marathon!!). Since for some reason I always get my chance to go down on Sundays, my only ramen option in the area was Hakata Shinsengumi in Gardena.

There was a waiting list and we waited for about 15 minutes.

For $7.95 at lunch you can get a bowl of chashu ramen and one of a selection of small sides. I opted for the gyoza.
The gyozas are small but they're great. I like the thin, crispy skin and the fillings aren't fatty and greasy.

My friend got the chicken onigiri as a side dish.
I did like the onigiri itself, but I don't think I actually got any chicken.

I ordered the "normal" ramen (medium level of oil, etc) but with extra chashu (as you can see below, I ended up getting lots of chashu) and egg for extra charge.
A bit of info on the Hakata variation of ramen: The broth is a rich tonkotsu (pork-bone) broth, and typically topped with some beni shoga (pickled ginger). The noodles in the Hakata ramen are thin and straight (as opposed to the curly, thicker noodles).
I personally like this type of noodles better (and the texture makes it easier to slurp too! ;) ).
So how was the ramen, you ask? I'll say this: I cleaned up the whole bowl. Yes, after devouring the noodles+chashu+egg, I picked up the bowl and drank the broth. Down.to.the.last.drop.
Maybe I was just starving. But it just tasted sooooo good to me.

For dessert: yogurt mousse ($4)
Pretty rich but the tartness and the fresh fruits make it refreshing. Like a mousse-y Pinkberry actually.

A different style, but definitely one of the best ramen places in the LA area. I can't speak for their other locations, but the Gardena location is definitely worth a try!

Hakata Ramen Shinsengumi
2015 W Redondo Beach Blvd
Gardena, CA 90247
www.shinsengumiusa.com
(310)329-1335
Hakata Ramen Shinsengumi on Urbanspoon

4 comments:

choisauce

"picked up the bowl and drank the broth"- thats awesome! that marks a winning broth and happy customer.

its been awhile since ive been here and wasnt too impressed last time but maybe i'll give it another shot. i finally made the trek all the way to southbay to try asa last week and was so so disappointed in the oversalty-not-very-rich broth. def no bowl pick up that night! good thing musha's risotto and torched mackerel saved the night though :)

EILEEN

My brother tried the Hakata Ramen in Rosemead and raved about it. Your post made me want to go try it more now!

burumun

Choisauce: If you do try it again, let me know what you think!
I've been wanting to try Asa but then has been hearing these horror stories abt their inconsistency and too-salty broth :( Such a bummer

Pandalicious

that yogurt mousse looks so good!

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