ramen “House”. Not the best ramen by a long shot, but it’s the best ramen “ya”…

Shin Sen Gumi Hakata Ramen "Uniforms" Shin Sen Gumi Hakata Ramen "Food" Menu

Why? If the noodles never come out hard enough, if the broth is nearly as salty as Asa’s, if the char-siu slices border on stingy?

Because they serve food. By food, think things other than ramen. This argument’s premise is really ridiculous if you’re a ramen chubby chaser. Some are not. Some are often dragged to Daikokuya on First (sucks to those who are still waiting in that line) by Nipponphilic hipster friends who love doriftu and Comme des Garcons, or perhaps by someone you married. Hakata Ramen is great if you don’t want ramen because they serve “real” food that doesn’t involve carb-on-carb molestation ala ramen & fried rice combos of Daikokuya. If there’s something I detest more than Filipino food. Scratch that, there’s nothing I can’t stand more than Filipino food… Ramen and fried rice never make a complete meal.

Shin Sen Gumi Hakata Ramen agadeshi dofu Shin Sen Gumi Hakata Ramen croquette
Shin Sen Gumi Hakata Ramen cha-shu plate Shin Sen Gumi Hakata Ramen sausage

There’s a very palatable agedashi-dofu, there’s Kurobuta sausage (skip the generic yellow mustard & ketchup, use the shichimi togarashi 7 spice instead), and a very nice chilled plate of vinegary Japanese style cha-su, topped with plentiful scallions plus sesame seeds, that borders on refreshing. If you steal a few ladles of tonkotsu broth from your favorite tablemate to accompany the aforementioned dishes, a complete meal with nary a carbohydrate to fatten the love handle will emerge. “Yum-o”, and much more fulfilling than a bowl of simply noodles.

And now, they even have a happy hour!

March “Summer Happy Hour”:

Sapporo&Asahi Beer $3.00 ($5.75)
Orion Beer $3.50 ($6.25)
Extra Noodle $0.50 ($0.95)
Takana Fried Rice $4.75 ($5.75)
1/2 Takana Fried Rice $3.00 ($3.75)

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  • J-dramas from the 90s like Long Vacation, maybe Love Generation, and dare I say it “Beautiful Life”….for some reason those characters needed gyoza with their ramen. The full starch combo in NorCal includes chahan/yakimeshi which is overkill…. although hipper places like Maruichi are now offering full blow donburi’s in the combo (ikura, oyako, curry rice, tonkatsu) just to embrace the crowds…. Give me shaobing youtiao Chinese dip (with soy juice) anyday for starch on starch, or the Taiwanese meat molestation big sausage wrapped in little sausage.
    .-= BeefNoGuy´s last blog ..[台北市] – 火車頭鐵路便當 Taiwan Dinkey Railway Bento (Taiwanese style Eki-Bento) chain shop =-.

  • Tsz

    Not to mention they have some mighty tasty fried chicken cartilage :p…
    .-= Tsz´s last blog ..Foodbuzz 24,24,24: James Bond Meets the Toaster Oven =-.

  • I love carb-on-carb molestation. xoxo, Fatass
    .-= weezermonkey´s last blog ..Pounding Burgers at 8oz. =-.

  • I’ll be honest, I’ve never actually been to a ramen house and I always thought I was missing out, so thanks. Those sausages might need to be censored.
    .-= Anna A´s last blog ..WatchDadEat.com the BEST vegan pizza: Cruzer Pizza, Los Feliz =-.

  • “carb-on-carb molestation” hahahaha! guilty as charged. can’t believe you pulled out comme des garcons just like that…admit it, you have a few pieces.
    .-= bagnatic´s last blog ..the skip, skip, hit game at allston yacht club =-.

  • I tried to go to Daikokuyo once…the line was crazy, and it was almost 2pm! I went to Mr. Ramen instead. honestly, I am no connoisseur…so I can’t even tell the difference between good ramen, and stellar ramen. Just gimme good empty carbs and rich broth, and I’ll be happy.

  • TonyC

    Sophia, as a college student, I’d INSIST you waste time in the Daikokuya line rather than studying. May I suggest taking Anna A with you? So she can pretend she went to school in LA? And Bagnatic, F no man,I can’t even afford UNIQLO, much less Comme Des Garcon.

  • I never really had their other-food (besides those that come w their combo lunch deals) but I think their Gardena outpost serves one of the best ramen I’ve had in this city.
    .-= gourmetpigs´s last blog ..The "Legendary" Oxtail Soup at Hotel Borobudur (Jakarta, Indonesia) =-.

  • Their Takana fried rice is superlative. I even like it more than the ramen.
    .-= Protocol Snow´s last blog ..Shin-Sen-Gumi Hakata Ramen – Rosemead, CA =-.

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  • juma

    I like their musubi (served only during lunch), they add a smear of ume paste in it

  • what do you have against carbs tony?!

  • Anonymous

    Well… they make you FAT?

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