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Ramen in the S.F. Valley

Tripeler - Thanks for the info/correction. Have a good one!

Mar 05, 2012
chilifries in Los Angeles Area

Ramen in the S.F. Valley

Jerome,

I got the Shoyu. Since then, I visited Ramen Jinya so I will not be visiting Kyushu anytime soon. I am sure they have some fine Bulgogi, ribs, tofu, etc... but for Ramen it is Jinya, unless I am near Reseda Blvd. Then it would be Nippon. Having said that, there are many fine Korean places near my house, so I am not hurting in that area, but thanks for the reply and the comment concerning izakaya. Good food, good times!

Mar 05, 2012
chilifries in Los Angeles Area

Ramen in the S.F. Valley

THANK YOU ALL!
I finally visited Ramen Jinya... What a joy! My "virginal" experience there was a treat, with my trying the #2, i.e. Shio Tonkatsu Hakata Ramen, and enjoying every moment The broth was very tasty with no MSG taste and no salty overkill. The noodles were the okay yellow variety, but they were definitely cooked just right. The pork had just enough fat and was cooked long enough to be very tender, etc... All in all, Jinya appears to take sufficient time to provide a very good product. On a 1 to 10, they are a solid 7. The reason for this is I want to possibly reserve an 8 for the Premium Hakata.

Again, thanks to all for recommending Ramen Jinya. I anticipate many happy times ahead, trying their other offerings and hope the weather turns cold again, so I can sit outside and really enjoy a nice hot bowl of ramen.

Mar 05, 2012
chilifries in Los Angeles Area

Ramen in the S.F. Valley

Johnny L. - Pure ignorance... I simply have not known of it, hence my previous query. I will certainly look into it, though, and greatly thank you for your suggestion. While I have occasionally looked at Rameniac, I find it to be a bit elitist and overly sophisticated for my barbaric taste buds. Thus, I may have overlooked some fine suggestions, as yours. Again, thank you! BTW, do they use the "crutch" MSG or do they make their "broth from scratch?"

Mar 02, 2012
chilifries in Los Angeles Area

Ramen in the S.F. Valley

It is hard living in Tujunga and not being able to find a nice Ramen place. Most Japanese places (actually, Korean posing as Japanese), serve Udon. Those fat pasty noodles never appealed to me.

So far, Nippon Ramen on Reseda has been my hangout, but I tried Kyushu on Sherman Way today. How disappointing. As Ramen goes it was blah. The broth was (3) on the 1 to 10 scale, and was chock full of MSG, which made my tongue feel strange (something I have not felt in a while), and later has given me a headache (while I write this, BTW).

Kyushu, does look like it has some other decent items, but for Ramen, look elsewhere. Don't get me wrong, Nippon is no great shakes either, but traveling all the way to J-town isn't always practical.

Anyone know of any other Ramen places in the S.F. valley? I tried one off of Ventura near Van Nuys, years ago, but they were hit & miss.

Ciao, ciao...

Mar 02, 2012
chilifries in Los Angeles Area

What Is a Caper?

EWSflash & All,

I will admit, as well, that I eat capers with "nothing but a spoon", also. But for some reason, Caper Berries are not quite as tasty. I will definitely try the cottage cheese idea. Thx for the comments!

Mar 22, 2008
chilifries in Features

What Is a Caper?

I use capers in my potato salad. They add a different and subtle flavor that helps bring out other more traditional potato salad flavors (e.g. eggs, onions), without being over powering. The pickling liquid can also be added to taste, instead of vinegar.

Mar 21, 2008
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