1st stop back home in SJ after a loong loong vacation – some ramen!
I have been wanting to try this place for a while but we always end up in Santouka (because we always miss the turn!) and right pass this is Santouka about a few blocks away. Like most ramen places, it is a tiny place with a few tables and a small bar.
Menu was a little confusing but in great detail. Every ramen had a little paragraph about what goes in the soup, what the soup is and what kind of noodles.
To order, you have to decide the soup base, size, level of salt, type of noodles, firmness of noodles and additional toppings.
Meep and I ordered the Halu ramen:
Halu ramen, Large ($10.40) with an egg (1.50), extra chashu ($2.50)
The soup is made with pork, chicken, fish, shellfish, range of dried & fresh vegestable and seaweed.
Regularly served with some cha-shu (tender pork), kikurage (wood ear mushroom), menma (bamboo), green onion and seaweed.
The egg was cooked perfectly! Noodles were nice and firm (as requested).
Halu ramen (regular) $8.10
The soup was definitely full bodied and complex (in a good way). Just the right amount of salt (I opt for regular salt),
Total Damage: $30 (including tax & tip)
Personal Rating: 3.25 out of 5 (good)
It was definitely tasty and one of the better ramens I have tasted. That being said, my favourite is still Santouka and Kahoo following close behind.
It is great that they have the option of different levels of salt or noodle firmness; because I know some friends who find regular ramen a little on the salty side.
I would definitely head over here when I am starving and cannot afford the long waits in the other establishments.
San Jose, CA 95129