In my opinion we had some pretty good ramen in Japan.
I mean, for me, it was a total slam dunk...I loved my choices.
1 - Nagi Ramen - which I've already posted on
2 - Ippudo
3 - Rokurinsha
We had one bowl which we both didn't care for.
But the place made killer fried chicken.
Strangely, during the whole time, the Missus kept saying...."you know, this is not as good as Santouka!" Say what?!? I love Santouka and all, but really! Perhaps I should have gone to Santouka in Kyoto just to set things straight. I'm thinking She really didn't care for the stronger niboshi flavors.....but She also wasn't impressed with the richness of the broth! Nagi Ramen? Rokurinsha? Really?
If She believed Santouka is that much better than anything we had, then fine. I wanted some confirmation. So, this past Saturday, it was off to Santouka, which by the way, is my favorite ramen in San Diego.
We ordered just as we did in Japan. The Missus, minimizing the carbs......She almost fell out of Her seat the first time She saw someone having ramen, rice, and gyoza! Ramen and rice?!? Anyway, She'd have a bit of noodles, a bit of rice, usually a decent amount of broth, and sometimes more than 1 egg. She did readily admit that the eggs in Japan were just that much better.
Anyway, one sip of the broth did it. "Huh, it's kind of thin, sort of bland....... I don't know what I was thinking?" Yes, She had somehow mentally put the broth and everything else at Santouka on a pedestal! We all do this....but not usually with items we've recently had....food nostalgia strikes us all. But I've never seen this in the short term.
No, it wasn't quite as rich, nor robust in flavor, as much of what we had. The noodles, well, the Missus doesn't care for Hakata style noodles, yet the texture in each bowl we had was excellent.
"You know, I feel kind of disappointed....I don't feel that I enjoyed those bowls as much as I could have. I put Santouka up on a fictional level. It was all in my head....."
"Doesn't it suck when you find out that Santa Claus doesn't exist? Oh, and....as an FYI.....neither does the Easter Bunny"
"I feel gypped......"
"Hey, we can always circle back. I'm more than willing to return to Japan. And, we can even check out Santouka while we're there!"
Like I said. Santouka is our favorite. But a little perspective is always good. And maybe, just maybe....we'll be able to sample more good ramen in Japan again soon.
4240 Kearny Mesa Rd(In the Mitsuwa Marketplace)
San Diego, CA 92111
Hope you're having a great week!