Jul 09

Tonkotsu Me at Saiwaii Ramen

We always have to give ramen joints a try. They last two places we tried were Ajisen Ramen and Ramen Doraku, and the ramen at both were horrible! Let’s put it this way,  I didn’t even finish the bowl of ramen while eating at both and I hate wasting food! Anyhow, due to my bad ramen experiences, I was a bit reluctant to try Saiwaii Ramen, but since a few people recommended it, I had to try it!  I have to face the fact that I will never have the flavorful ramen I had in Japan in San Francisco.

We went to Saiwaii Ramen with an open mind. We started with the Kobe Beef Salad, featuring slices of lightly grilled fatty and tender Kobe Beef, on top of the spring salad and onions, with a hint of ginger. Yum, yum, yum…I highly recommend this if you go! Since they offer combination meals with the ramen, we added the Spicy Tuna Don, it was not the best, but it was not bad either, it was a nice cold side dish.  And then our ramens…my hubby ordered the Tonkotsu and I ordered the Spicy Garlic Tonkotsu. Both tonkotsu were served with chashu, bamboo shoots, seaweed, green onion and kikurage (also known to us Chinese as ‘wood ear’). We both added the Pork Belly, I didn’t realize that I forgot to add the Egg until I was halfway done! I heard their egg is marinated in soy sauce and the yolk is runny, I will have to try it next time.

The outcome? The Tonkotsu (non-spicy) was milky and flavorful. I then tried my Mild Spicy Garlic Tonkotsu, oh yeah, this is what I’m talking about, it was very flavorful and the spice was perfect, not spicy to the point where I couldn’t taste my food. The ramen was actually good too, the texture was crunchy chewy, it didn’t get soggy right away. The soy sauce Pork Belly was extremely fatty and the fatty part melted like butter, but I do have to say that the meaty part of it was not that tender.