If you’re in Torrance this weekend, you can stop by Mitsuwa to try the real Chibakiya ramen. The rest of us can settle for the bowl ramen version of their chuukasoba. Seems like a poor substitute, doesn’t it? We’ll see…
The bowl ramen comes with a packet of oil, a piece of nori, and possibly the biggest pack of soup flavor I’ve ever seen for a instant ramen. The ramen also comes with a few pieces of menma and green onions.
The soup has a mellow shoyu and fish flavor. It’s decent for a bowl ramen but not particularly exciting. The noodles, however, were a real disappointment. The skinny starchy noodles were very bland, and I might as well have been eating the noodles alone with a bowl of soup on the side. Hmm…deja vu, or am I just running out of things to say?
I expected more from a “name-brand” bowl ramen but at best I can only rate Chibaki’s chuukasoba a middling 5 out of 10.