Thursday, September 30, 2010

Hakata Ramen Shin-Sen-Gumi in Gardena, CA

Too much motorcycles and little silly vans on pakajunk lately, huh? lets get back to our usual affair. Jimmy Monk was in town, so Sasha and I hooked up with Brawny and Tani to take him to get a quick bite at Hakata Ramen Shin-Sen-Gumi. Just minutes away for us.

Even at 10 o'clock at night, this place had a short wait until we got out own table. No big deal.

The waiters here are very friendly and will help you through ordering if need be. So if you're new to the whole ramen thing, don't worry, just check this place out. You will not be disappointed.
To take the edge off the day, we started out with a couple of bottles of sake.
Gyoza here is pretty good. Not amazing, but pretty good. Definitely better than frozen stuff most of us eat at home, unless you've been lucky enough to have my mom's hand made gyoza bombs. Definitely order the gyoza if you're here. I've seen Jose eat 12 of them without trying.
I had been ramen'd out that week, so I got the Soboro Don. This is a bowl with ground chicken and egg over rice. The ground chicken is usually prepared with soy sauce, ginger, a little sugar and mirin I believe. It's an easy dish to eat. It also came with pickled ginger and 2 slices of takuan.
I recommended Jimmy to go with the "stock" ramen, the standard Hakata Ramen. Everyone else got variations of the same.
This actually wouldn't be the ideal place to order Takoyaki, but since I'm stuck here in Southern California (and not in Osaka, Japan) I gotta get when I can. Takoyaki is small pieces of octopus rolled into a battered dumpling.

There's a little bit of a criss-crossing action of a sauce that goes over the takoyaki. Then it's covered in fish flakes. I really like takoyaki. So did everyone else.
One bad shot of the pork belly special that Brawny loves. The gravy that's on this is pretty well done, making this fatty selection just superb. We all had to talk about how important good gravy is on loco mocos after we all had a piece.
If you live in the area, check it out:

2015 W. Redondo Beach Blvd., #C
Gardena, CA 90247
(310) 329-1335

Monday - Friday
Lunch 11:30am - 2:00pm
Dinner 6:00pm - 11:20pm

Saturday & Sunday
11:30am - 11:20pm

1 comment:

  1. Dude just saw where this is. I went to the pre school right across the street from that shopping center! That's where my whole art career began. Water painting on the side walk. The area is a little sketchy now so I wouldn't wander off to far at night around there!