Personal Ramen Ranking

Here’s my current, personal ranking of Ramen places in bay area:

1. Santa Ramen in San Mateo
Most “authentic” Ramen in terms of its soup stock and noodles. More oily than usual and very salty, just like in Japan.

2. Do Henkotsu in SJ
An alternative style Ramen from southwestern part of Japan. The noodle is more similar to Chinese style than other Japanese style ramen. The pork is also different style – dark marinated strips of pork cut “bacon style”, rather than the traditional “char-siew (BBQ Pork) style”.

3. Ryowa in Mountain View (also open in Berkeley)
Also very good, although noodle tends to start to get a little soft toward the end if you eat very slow.

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