Category Archives: noodle time

tonkotsu ramen | ikemen, hollywood

I feel like I spent most of January sick, bedridden with the flu, then mopey and miserable with a lingering head cold (which I’m finally starting to come out of).  Last week, all I wanted was a hot bowl of … Continue reading

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soba & udon | honke owariya, kyoto, japan

Soba with local seasonal vegetables Nabe yaki udon Buckwheat cookies Hello, my name is Susan, and I’m a noodle addict.  I ate a lot of noodles while I was in Japan, and coming back to the States, I just wanted … Continue reading

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pho ga | turtle tower, soma sf

If you hang out with Mon and her sister, My Le (or any one of their other five sisters, for that matter), they will make you want pho.  Specifically, they will make you crave pho from Turtle Tower, for it’s … Continue reading

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beef ramen | matador, kita senju, tokyo

Another day in Tokyo, another ridiculously marvelous bowl of ramen.  This one is from award-winning, highly acclaimed Matador in Kita-Senju.  Matador’s signature bowl consists of thin, straight noodles in a light, slightly sweet beef broth, topped with huge slabs of roast … Continue reading

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shoyu niboshi ramen | ramen nagi, shinjuku golden gai, tokyo

Today’s lunch.  Amazing ramen at Ramen Nagi in Shinjuku Golden-gai.  A thick, porky shoyu broth infused with heaps of niboshi (dried sardines) for an intensely rich flavor.  A new twist on tsugaru-style ramen, I think.  The super thick, chewy noodles … Continue reading

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silken tofu & tonkotsu black | robata jinya

Soy milk + magnesium chloride (a mineral coagulant) = tableside silken tofu  Tonkotsu Black ramen Robata Jinya = the best ramen in and around Mid-City.  The chashu pork… just… melts.

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thai boat noodles | sapp coffee shop

When I got back from Lake Powell this week, I caught a feisty little head cold that left me feeling tired and stuffy.  Being sick when it’s warm out is the WORST.  You feel so icky.  You feel like poop. … Continue reading

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kal gook soo | ma dang gook soo

Friday’s lunch at Ma Dang Gook Soo on Western: Chewy, slurpilicious, hand-made knife-cut noodles in a simple chicken broth.  Korean comfort food at it’s best.  I love this stuff!

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oishii! | izakaya musha

Barley shochu Tofu french fries The “MFC” (Musha Fried Chicken) Shichirin grill Tanshio (beef tongue) Salmon yaki onigiri  Anago meshi (eel rice bowl)  Aburi saba (seared mackerel) Spicy tuna dip Itame somen (garlic noodles) Black sesame ice cream with corn … Continue reading

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char-siu tsukemen ramen | tsujita LA

Lunch at Tsujita LA on Sawtelle.  The noodles: bouncy, chewy, resilient.  The dip: viscous, hearty, meaty.  The char siu – unctuous, supple, tender.  I-n-t-e-n-s-e.  So good tho!

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