If you read this blog regularly, you’ll know that I’m obsessed with noodles. You know you’re obsessed with noodles if your day revolves around them. You plan on eating them, you think about eating them, then you eat them. If you ask Mike, my noodle obsession has gone too far.
Case in point: yesterday I decided that I absolutely had to have udon from Oumi Sasaya. Authentically Japanese, with a Japanese text-only website, Oumi Sasaya makes their own udon. For an noodle lover like me, fresh made udon is the mecca of noodles. Udon noodles happen to be a personal favourite of mine and I was really looking forward to the chewy toothsomeness of perfectly cooked udon in clean, bright broth.
Our day started out with some casual driving through the city. We cruised down Sunset Boulevard, through the Hills and Bel-Air and drove the coastal highway. I gawked at the gorgeousness of the beach (I am a tourist!) and we checked out Santa Monica. Around 1 pm, I commented to Mike that the udon store closed for a break at 2 and that we should probably try to make it before it closed.
We consulted our directions and Mike said he thought he could get there before 2. Long story short, we didn’t get there by 2. So I decided that we should hang in the area so we could eat the noodles when they opened again at 5:30. I even checked the sign to confirm the time they opened at in the evening.
When we returned to Oumi Sasaya at 5:30 they still weren’t open. With a a heavy stomach, I checked the sign again. Oumi Sasaya isn’t open on Mondays.
Needless to say, I didn’t eat any noodles yesterday. But the other day we managed to check out Ramen Jinya without any hitches. The noodles at Ramen Jinya are Hakata style: firm, thin and un-curly. They happen to be my favourite kind of ramen noodles.
The stock was pretty bang on as well: deep, meaty and super rich. I enjoyed the fried onions and the chashu, but I thought the egg could use some work. Eggs are an essential part of the ultimate ramen bowl and this egg was slightly overcooked.
All in all, a solid bowl of ramen. I’d definitely visit Ramen Jinya again, especially since they’re open seven days a week.