Ramen Jinya

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.

13 Comments add yours

  1. That looks like a great bowl of Ramen! Thank you for sharing the info and pics. I will definitely try this place when I’m back in L.A.

    Have you had spicy ramen yet? Check out my post about Chin Ma Ya in Little Tokyo District near downtown L.A. http://droolius.com/2010/08/spicy-ramen-chin-ma-ya-los-angeles-ca/

    Might as well try it since your are in L.A. area… You’re blog is awesome!

  2. Can so relate to a day revolving around a food-stop! Glad I am not the only one doing this to my family… (and the dish looks yummy!)

  3. I absolutely love noodles too, can’t live without them ;)! The ramen bowl looks very tempting!

  4. I love noodles as well; 9 times out of 10 I would choose noodle dishes over rice dishes. The udon place sounds intriguing! I wonder if there’s something similar in Vancouver for a break from ramen?

    Sadly, I haven’t seen any udon-centric places in Vancouver.

    steph on September 1st, 2010 at 11:20 am

    Hi Steph! Bruce sent me your blog link :) There is an udon place in Richmond, it’s called Gyo-o. I liked the mentaiko soupless udons. Have fun in LA!!

    Mmm, checked out the site and it looks pretty awesome; I’m going to have to visit them soon!

    steph on September 2nd, 2010 at 11:23 am
    Janice on September 1st, 2010 at 12:04 pm
  5. Last night I made a delicious three-course birthday meal using recipes you featured on your blog. My boyfriend later admitted that he was a little nervous when I got home at 6:30pm with a completely new ‘plan’ for dinner. He was concerned that cooking all new recipes for six people by 8pm was a bit much. I pulled it off and it was delicious!

    Today I saw this post about Jinya ramen that happens to be our neighborhood noodle shop – we’ve eaten there at least 8 times in the past 2 weeks. I agree about the egg, but it’s still outstanding for a non-downtown location.

    Hope you enjoy LA!

  6. momo–i could eat noodles every day too! have you been to sawtelle st in west LA? noodles and food trucks! yummy–try chabuya for ramen. shabu shabu on the corner too!

  7. The greatest food I had during the cooler months in Japan, I lived there for 8 years, has to be tendon, udon noodles in a rich broth with a couple of huge tempura style prawns floating on top. I am drooling on my keyboard just thinking about it!

    Charlie Sommers on September 6, 2010 at 2:37 pm
  8. if you are still in the so cal area, try santouka, located in the mitsuwa market. best. ramen. evarrrrr. i think there are 3 locations around la/oc.. costa mesa, santa monica, and torrance.

  9. Concur on Santouka. You should go if you’re still here.

    Haven’t gone to Santouka in LA, but it is pretty fabulous here in Vancouver.

    steph on September 15th, 2010 at 2:08 pm
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