Shoyu tonkotsu ramen – The Ramen Bar

Shoyu tonkotsu ramen - The Ramen Bar
Shoyu tare, chasu, ginger, kikurage, soy-cured egg. $14
The Ramen Bar, San Francisco CA

This tasted good, but I was kinda sad that my egg was beat up! If you’re paying fourteen bucks for a bowl of ramen, it better be good and intact. Lame…

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Kara miso cha-shu ramen – Hokkaido Ramen Santouka

Kara miso cha-shu ramen - Hokkaido Ramen Santouka
Spicy miso ramen with double portion of pork cha-shu. $15.80
Hokkaido Ramen Santouka, Toronto CANADA

This was tasty! I loved the spice level of the broth, and the ingredients were great. The ramen noodles also had a nice bite to them. I just wished the chasiu was cut a little thinner so it would’ve been easier to eat. These were pretty thick and harder to eat.

Tori paitan ramen – Mensho Tokyo

Tori paitan ramen - Mensho Tokyo
Rich and creamy chicken soup, pork chashu, duck chashu, menma, kale, burdock, katsuobushi sauce. Double chashu $18
Mensho Tokyo, San Francisco CA

Overall,  I thought this place was overrated – especially for the price! I will admit that this tori paitan broth was delicious. I loved how rich and fatty it was, but I’m sure it’s not for everyone. I thought that the topping were mediocre though. Both the chasu pork and duck were bland and boring, and the other toppings were kept to a minimum. You think they’ve give you a bit more for almost 20 bucks for this slightly small bowl. Meh, wouldn’t go back.

Pad thai – Tara Thai

Pad thai - Tara Thai
Stir-fried chicken with thin rice noodles, bean curd, bean sprouts, scallions, and egg topped with peanuts. $11.99
Tara Thai, Herndon VA

This looks bland, AND it tasted bland! There was no flavor to this pad thai at all – sheesh! I’m used to Thai food that actually has flavor. This was probably one of the worst pad thai I’ve ever had. 😦