Sunday, June 3

Santouka Ramen in Mitsuwa Market - Costa Mesa

For our last meal in SoCal, I yelped the highest rated Japanese restaurant near our hotel and came across Santouka Ramen. Without reading any reviews, I decided we should go here, only to find out that it was in the food court of Mitsuwa Market, a popular Japanese grocery store chain which can also be found up north. Oh well, a friend has raved about Santouka before so  thought it would be worth a try.

Out of all the food court options, Santouka had the longest line.

Small bowl of ramen in tonkatsu broth with an extra tamago (egg). 

The pork, mushrooms, bamboo shoots, green onions, and fish cake are all part of the order.

Phil had a larger portion with miso flavored broth.

Both the tonkatsu and miso broth ramen were decent and mostly just an average ramen. It doesn't beat Orenchi, not even close. BUT the saving grace were the pork slices. These were the most tender, melt in your mouth, fatty but meaty pork slices I've ever eaten. The soy sauce egg was decent but it wasn't soft boiled so the yolk didn't melt in the middle like I wanted. I forget the prices but I'd estimate no more than $10 per bowl. Additional sides are about $1 each. Although this ramen isn't the best, and not the worst either, I would still recommend you come try it if there is a Santouka near you. Let me know if the pork is just this good or if it's just the SoCal location we went to. mm Best pork slices EVER!

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