Spicy miso ramen – Ramen Underground

Spicy miso ramen - Ramen Underground
With kakuni (braised pork belly) and boiled egg.
Ramen Underground, San Francisco CA

Wow, this ramen was really good. The spicy miso broth had a great kick to it and lots of flavor. They have a basic ramen bowl, and you just keep adding extra toppings at additional cost. It’s really about the broth and ramen though, and this place is solid in both aspects. Everything else is just icing on the cake.

7×7 Magazine’s The Big Eat San Francisco: 100 Things to Eat + Drink Before You Die – 2013

Spicy miso ramen - Ramen Underground
April 21, 4014
With chicken dumplings, boiled egg. $11

Memorial graffiti mural
Memorial graffiti mural, 24th Street Bart Station.

Big daddy ramen bowl – Hapa Ramen

Big daddy ramen bowl - Hapa Ramen
Pork, fried chicken, roasted vegetables, seaweed, and slow cooked egg, $14
Hapa Ramen, San Francisco CA

This ramen was good, but it wasn’t exceptional so I’m curious why it made the 7×7 list. The pork was tasty and nice and fatty. The fried chicken was bland and a bit oily. The soft boiled egg was perfectly cooked and still oozy inside. The roasted vegetables were good but tasted odd with the broth and actually made the broth taste bitter. The broth itself was a bit salty. The noodles had a great texture, and the soup was very hearty overall.

7×7 Magazine’s The Big Eat San Francisco: 100 Things to Eat + Drink Before You Die – 2013

Yerba Buena Park
Yerba Buena Park.

Soy sauce flavor spicy ramen – Ramen Dojo

Soy sauce flavor spicy ramen - Ramen Dojo
Roasted pork, fried whole garlic, kikurage mushroom, fresh green chives, quail egg, and chicken gravy (cooked ground chicken, chopped shiitake mushroom, chopped ginger, sesame oil, shredded red pepper). Ordered with extra pork and regular spicy. $11.25
Ramen Dojo, San Mateo CA

I’ve been on a ramen kick lately and this place has been one of the best I’ve visited! The soup is delicious and the chicken gravy is amazing. I don’t think I’ve ever had ramen where I’ve really noticed the chicken gravy before. It had an awesome chunky consistency and packed a lot of flavor. Maybe the gravy, if ever present before, was just been mixed into the soup at other restaurants. I’m not sure, but I feel like I’ve been missing out until now. Noms!

Garlic pork flavor spicy ramen – Ramen Dojo

Garlic pork flavor spicy ramen - Ramen Dojo
Roasted pork, fried whole garlic, kikurage mushroom, fresh green chives, quail egg, and chicken gravy (cooked ground chicken, chopped shiitake mushroom, chopped ginger, sesame oil, shredded red pepper). Ordered with extra pork and regular spicy. $11.25
Ramen Dojo, San Mateo CA

Wow, this was some of the best ramen I’ve had in a while! The broth was delicious and the “regular spicy” level was perfect. I think “extra spicy” would have been too much and the additional heat would have detracted from the flavor of the broth. You’d spend all your time sweating rather than enjoying the ramen. The “regular spicy” level was actually pretty spicy already! The pork was very flavorful and had a good amount of fat on it. Yum!

Seafood champon ramen combo – Ezogiku

Seafood champon ramen combo - Ezogiku
Topped with shrimp, squid, fishcake, and vegetables. $9.75
Ezogiku, Honolulu HI

I’ve never had champon before, and it was REALLY good! I find it difficult to describe the flavor. It was definitely seafood-y but it also had an almost creamy quality. I’ll definitely have to try it again to fully appreciate the complexity of flavors. Sorry for the messy bowl, we had started eating it before I remember to snap a pic, oops!

Gyoza - Ezogiku
Combo with gyoza. $2.25

View of downtown Honolulu
View of downtown Honolulu from the timeshare, Royal Garden Waikiki.

Miso ramen combo – Ezogiku

Miso ramen combo - Ezogiku
Ezogiku’s signature and most popular ramen. Topped with charsiu pork, fishcake, and green onion. $8.75
Ezogiku, Honolulu HI

Mmm, this totally hit the spot! I was craving carbs and salt and this delivered on both. The restaurant was packed during lunch so we had to wait for a counter seat to open up. Glad we did because the ramen was pretty good!

Gyoza - Ezogiku
Combo with gyoza. $2.25

Aloha Welcome to Hawaii
“Aloha Welcome to Hawaii” sign at Honolulu International Airport.

Miso ramen – Ken Ken Ramen

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Rich taste. Blend of white and red miso base with pork and chicken stock. A slow cooked traditional Japanese style ramen. Topped with beautifully braised pork (cha-shu), nori, “onsen” soft boiled egg and assorted veggies. Home style noodles with imported flour from Hokkaido. $11
Ken Ken Ramen, San Francisco CA

This is what I’m talking about! The miso broth is SO rich and delicious. I love the onsen egg with the runny yolk center and the char siu. More please!

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American flag sidewalk stencil, Liberty Street. How appropriate that they should stencil this item on Liberty Street!