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hakata ikkousha ramen

hakata ikkousha ramen – costa mesa, ca

Popular Japanese ramen chains have been slowly breaking into the American market and recently Hakata Ikkousha has joined in with with the soft-opening of their award-winning hakata ramen. They offer 5 types of tonkotsu ramen…a standard tonkotsu, shio (salt) tonkotsu, black tonkotsu (with fried garlic), miso tonkotsu, and the fearsome-sounding “god fire” with 4 levels of spiciness. Similar to Shinsengumi,… Read more →

ramen makeover

makeover madness

Whew…we’ve been at this for over 10 years and the ol’ web site’s looking a bit dated. Time for a new look! We’ve been working on making our web site faster and cleaner and we’ve also made our layout more mobile-friendly. Now if you access ramen! ramen! ramen! from a tablet or phone, the layout will automatically change to make… Read more →


ramen yokocho @ santa anita this weekend!

The next Ramen Yokocho Ramen Championship is taking place this weekend at Santa Anita Park. What’re you waiting for? Check out the offerings from challengers from LA, SF, Hawaii, Las Vegas and Japan and vote for your favorite. There’s a $5 admission charge and the ramen’s $8.50 a bowl. Try one or try them all, if you can! The event… Read more →

momofuku ando

Google doodle celebrates Momofuku Ando

Today would’ve been Momofuku Ando’s 105th birthday. Who is Momofuku Ando and why is Google honoring him? And why is he pictured eaten ramen? Let’s put it this way. A year 2000 poll conducted in Japan asked citizens what their country’s greatest invention was. The answer: instant ramen. Many of you may already know the story: After World War II,… Read more →

mr spock

RIP Leonard Nimoy

Nothing to do with ramen, folks. I just saw this picture (without the bowl of ramen) and wanted to pay tribute in my own little way. No idea if Mr. Nimoy ever ate a bowl of (vegetarian) ramen in his life, but…RIP Leonard Nimoy. A life is like a garden. Perfect moments can be had, but not preserved, except in… Read more →

pie dog

pie dog – fullerton, ca

Waitasec…this isn’t ramen…what th– Ok, let me take a moment to shill for my buddies’ new restaurant, Pie Dog. They’re doing a soft opening this Friday and Saturday (2/27 & 2/28), AND you get 25% off from 6 to 10pm! Time to eat and drink up! (If you miss the soft opening, they’ll be back for reals starting Friday 3/6.)… Read more →

ramen pie

ramen. pot. pie.

…And I just happened to have a beef pot pie for dinner tonight. It’s a sign! Head on over to Foodbeast for the full recipe! Read more →

ramen noodles

start the new year right, with ramen!

Itching to buy stuff with your Holiday money? Yeah, us too! Fake Food Hatanaka has some really interesting and cool food jewelry and accessories, including various ramen straps and even…naruto patches?!? Or maybe you’d rather have a ramen ring or keychain? How about a great cookbook by Ivan Orkin of Ivan Ramen fame (it’s actually also an autobiography of sorts.… Read more →


gyoza gyoza gyoza!

We all love ramen, but how much do you love gyoza? Do you love it enough to plop your cell phone in your gyoza dish? Do you love gyoza enough to put them all over your iPhone? Thanks to Hamee, you can do *both*, with their new gyoza cell phone stand and iPhone case (for iPhone 6 & 6 Plus).… Read more →

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