Saturday, September 13, 2014

Customized Hakata Tonkotsu Ramen at Shin-Sen-Gumi, Little Tokyo Los Anageles USA

Hakata Tonkotsu Ramen: Onsen Egg (Hot Spring Egg), Tonkotsu Slices, Scallions, Ginger, Garlic chips, and a little bit of spicy sauce.
Shin-Sen-Gumi is opened by Mitsuyasu Shigeta, who used to work in Hakata Japan. He opened his own Japanese restaurant with Hakata specialties: Yakitori, ramen, and many more. Today, there are multiple locations splattered around California. 

I tried out my first Shin-Sen-Gumi ramen in Little Tokyo Los Angeles. It was a 30-45 minutes wait for the Saturday dinner. How you order your ramen is through filling out a customized form. With this form, you can choose ramen thickness, toppings, broth, spices, and anything that you wanted to request extra.

What you get is a customized Hataka Tonkotsu ramen. Hataka is a name of a city in Japan. According to the restaurant,

"The main characteristic of Hakata ramen is the white, thick soup that is made from pork bones, also called Tonkotsu (pork bone) soup/ramen. Some of the other differences in character it has from other types of ramen are thinner noodles, and the simple decorative toppings of cha-shu , chopped scallions, red colored ginger, and sesame seeds."

As you can see, this is exactly what I have on the top photo! What's nice is that they can make the perfect bowl of Hataka ramen just for your taste.


  1. I always hear good things about real Japanese Ramen but ordering through a customized form, I would be overwhelmed since I never had it. Maybe I should look up recipes at home and give it a go first, then just maybe I will seem a little knowledgeable when trying to order in a restaurant.

  2. It's nice to be able to customize your dish to your exact tastes. I think this would be perfect for my picky family.

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