Being fortunate enough to travel to the beautiful city of San Francisco, I got to sample a bunch of delicious food. And thanks to a friend of mine who lived there for a decent portion of his life, he knew many of the hot spots around the city. One place we visited was Japantown because we were craving some delicious ramen. We decided to try a place called Yamadaya’s Ramen.
If you read the sign above, it indicates lots of time and effort are put into boiling a big vat of ramen broth! I have only ever been exposed to the making of a delicious Vietnamese pho broth, but any complex soup base obviously requires lots of time and effort.
Yamadaya Ramen specializes in tonkotsu ramen, which is the process of boiling pork bones for hours to extract all the flavour. All the marrow, fat, and juices from the meat and bones are responsible for flavouring the thick and rich ramen broth.
In the end, this is what I got:
You can actually see the pods of fatty goodness swimming around the pool of broth. My order came with some meat, veggies, and noodles. Yelpers gave this place a 3.5 at the time of writing this and I would agree. It wasn’t the best (which I have yet to find), nor was it the worst. It was a decent bowl of ramen, but it’s difficult for me to enjoy an authentic ramen because I have been tainted by the horribly delicious, pre-packaged instant versions, like this Shin Ramyun one:
I love the texture and thickness of these noodles and the powdered soup base that comes with it. I know it’s nowhere near as thick and rich as a real ramen broth and it’s all processed, but it’s so good! Perhaps if they swapped the ramen noodles for the thicker, instant ones then I would like the ramen more? Regardless of whether it is the authentic or the instant kind, who doesn’t like a bowl of hot, ramen noodle soup in the comfort of their home?
1728 Buchanan Street
San Francisco, CA 94115