After my not too satisfying visit to the new Santouka in San Diego, I thought I'd wait a bit before trying it out again. But the opportunity arose a lot quicker than I'd thought. The always thoughtful Howie, proprietor of The Foodie View invited me to join his merry group for lunch. (BTW, check out his new feature, The Foodie View of the Day). On this day, the Shio Ramen was spot on, from the wonderfully tongue scortching broth, to the toothsome and elastic noodles. Unfortunately, I was enjoying the wonderful company of Michelle, Caron (of San Diego Foodstuff), and Howie so much, that I really didn't feel motivated to take photos. Great conversation will do that to me sometimes.
Recently, the Missus, needing a change of pace, wanted some ramen. Now the Missus is not a big ramen fan, though I think it is due to the fact that She's had too much "bad ramen". Being that a request for ramen occurs about as often as an appearance of Halley's comet in the mmm-yoso household, I jumped at the chance. We arrived at the Santouka "booth", and the Missus wanted something "salty", so it was a large Miso Ramen for Her, and since She has never met a boiled egg She's never liked, we got the boiled eggs(99 cents) as well. Since I wanted to do an "apple for apple" comparison, I decided on the Shio Ramen again($7.99 - large), and of course I got a side of boiled egg as well.
The shiro(broth) was excellent, tongue melting hot, rich, but not greasy, and full of porky goodness, sweet, and mildly salty. The Chashu was also very good, soft, but not falling to pieces, rich in flavor, and very moist. Even the Missus, who, ummm, "doesn't eat pork", loved it! The noodles were a bit off today, hard and brittle, instead of being chewy, with a nice elasticity. Still, this was way better than that first bowl I had.
I had a sip of The Missus's Miso Ramen, and it still strikes me a being too salty. As for the boiled eggs....the Missus loved them so much, She traded 1 piece of Chashu for my eggs. Sorry, but I wasn't going to just give away my boiled eggs. Chivalry has its limits.
So there you have it, a revisit to Santouka in San Diego, not as good as my undocumented second visit, but better than my first. Still not better than the bowls I've had in Torrance and Costa Mesa, but getting there.
4240 Kearny Mesa Rd(In the Mitsuwa Marketplace)
San Diego, CA 92111