I have to say, there’s nothing like a good ramen place on a cold day. For today’s Munch Monday, I thought I’d share with you a cool new spot that I really enjoy. This specific Yoshiharu Ramen (I realized was a chain today), is located inside The Source in Buena Park. I’m a local, so of course it’s a place I’ll explore from time to time. When I’m visiting a ramen place there’s a couple things I’ll look for:
- What comes in the ramen?
- How much are extra toppings?
- What does quantity of noodles look like?
- How tasty is the broth on its own
I have to say this one passes all of my criteria with flying colors. The bowl I get is very filling, it comes with all the toppings I would want, and they’ve got a spicy option with a very delicious flavor.
For appetizers we got the Tofu Nuggets ($5.95, further from the camera). It’s deep fried tofu with vegetables inside and comes with a sweet dipping sauce. Am I the only tofu lover in the house? I can’t get enough of it. The vegetables inside were also such a nice surprise. I really enjoyed the dish. I am typically a tofu fan in general, but the way that it’s fried keeps the tofu pretty firm and not the “mushy” consistency you would expect that kept me far away from it as a kid. The gyoza actually comes with the kid’s meal ($5.95) but we also shared with it the whole table in appetizer-fashion. I was a little disappointed it didn’t come with sauce, but I’m sure they could bring you soy sauce if you asked. I’ve never ordered a gyoza that I didn’t like, so there were no complaints here.
I ordered the Tonkotsu Spicy Miso ($11.95). In it comes pork chashu, flavored egg, green onions, bean sprouts, corn, wet seaweed, and sesame seeds. You also get to pick your level of spicy (Level 1- Mild, Level 2 – Spicy, Level 3 – Hot). In my typical Goldilocks fashion, I went with the level 2, which for me, was a little hotter than I could handle comfortably. I was able to sniffle through it, though. I know it’s also a huge sin of ramen enthusiasts, but I’m actually not a huge fan of chashu pork in general. There’s something about really fatty meat that I can’t stand. Mine only had one piece in it, which for me was no problem but I feel a typical ramen lover may be disappointed. They do have an option to get “no-fat” pork chashu for an extra $3, but I decided to just omit the meat entirely.
Some of the other dishes ordered are pictured here, but I didn’t get to taste them. There’s the spicy beef rice bowl ($8.45) which consists of shredded beef brisket, onions, and chili bean paste sauce. The second one pictured is the vegetable ramen ($10.95), inside is assorted vegetables, green onions, bean sprouts, wood ear mushrooms, wet seaweed, and sesame seeds. You also got your choice of regular or kale noodles (the kale noodles were ordered, and I was told the regular were better). Last pictured is the small ramen that came with the kid’s meal. On the menu it is listed as an age limit of 7 or under, but with the amount of food we ordered, they allowed to get the child option without any problems.
As far as ramen places go (and I’ve been to my fair share), this is definitely one of my favorites. The ramen is delicious, and the appetizers are really good as well with a lot of different options. There’s also California rolls, spicy tuna rolls, and macarons if that’s your jam. The inside is not very big, so I’ve seen quite a line build up at times. We went on a Thursday night around 6pm and got a table fairly quickly. Luck of the draw, I guess.
The other locations are in Orange, West Hollywood, Whittier, and Lynwood. That’s all for now! Check in with you next Monday for more restaurant spotlights!