Shin Sen Gumi has another hit restaurant, this location specializes in Hakata Ramen & Udon. So sadly no Robata at this location. Hakata ramen is from Southern Japan in Fukuoka Prefecture. Hakata ramen is served in a milky white pork broth that cooks for at least two days. Hakata ramen is know for its minimal toppings and by it high level of personal customization. You can select the firmness of your noodles, the strength of the broth, and the amount of oil that tops your bowl. Hakata ramen noodles are also much thinner than typical ramen noodles-think angel hair pasta.
These outrageously delicious chicken crackers aren't just chicken flavored, they are made out of Jidori Chicken breast pieces.
This is by far the most expensive cafe latte I've ever had. $18 USD! This is the famous Kopi Luwak coffee popularized in the Jack Nicholson, Morgan Freeman movie, "The Bucket List" This coffee comes from Sumatra, Indonesia, where the coffee cherries are eaten, partially digested, then defecated by a special breed of civet cats. It costs upward of $200 USD per half pound. The coffee is extremely smooth and has very low acid.
This is pork spine soup! it's spicy, is rich, it's piping hot and it's delicious. We all know meat cooked on a bone has the most flavor. This meat is pretty much encapsulated in the spine.
Harumama is a new Japanese restaurant located in Little Italy. It features Ramen, steamed buns and character shaped dim sum dumplings (We didn't order any of those) We ordered a duck ramen, which featured duck charshu in a tonkatsu broth with thick ramen noodles, a cucumber salad with edamame and watermelon radishes in a yuzu vinaigrette, and a order of crispy shrimp buns. All in all a pretty good cross section of their menu. While it may not be as authentic as some might like, it nevertheless was tasty and well prepared and served in a modern hipster vibe neighborhood joint setting.
visit Harumama at 1901 W. Columbia Street, San Diego, 92101 www.harumamasd.com
Ramen Menma Basso Drillman has opened up in downtown Oceanside. Basso Drillman’s signature ramen is a soup-less style called aburasso, based on well-seasoned, chewy noodles topped with slow-cooked chashu pork, bamboo shoots, cabbage, and green onions. My favorite style of ramen is Tsukamen Ramen, which is similar but different to this aburasso style of ramen. I did miss the broth, but the aburasso ramen was flavorful nonetheless. Basso Drillman Ramen is a must stop for you ramen fanatics in San Diego
I tried this coconut Nigori Sake at Tajima Itzakaya, It's sweet and full of coconut flavor and relatively low in alcohol content (10% ABV) I think it would be great to cook with so let's see where it ends up-I'm thinking in some sorbets and various desserts.