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May 18

Tampopo Restaurant, Buena Park, CA

 

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Tampopo Restaurant is a small mom and pops Japanese ramen eatery run by non-Japanese owners. It’s often said that ramen isn’t good if it’s not made by Japanese chefs. To me, it doesn’t really matter. But apparently, this restaurant kind of fits the stereotype. 😛

I love ramen, and I’m pretty sure I’m able to tell between good ramen and bad ramen. Well, this place is kind of in the middle. Tampopo’s menu doesn’t really have a large variety of ramen to choose from. There’s miso, chasu, vegetable, and spicy ramen. “Spicy ramen” is pretty much chasu ramen and you’ll have to add the chilli paste yourself from the container on your table. I wonder if these ramen restaurants have just one giant pot of soup base that they use for every single bowl? It sure feels that way here. All the bowls that come out look yellow – not exactly exciting to look at let alone eat. See those red oily things floating on top? That’s a result of me adding a ton of chilli paste they have on the table just to add a little more flavor and color to the bowl. The only thing I liked about my bowl was the soft chasu, or pork slices.

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The tempura shrimp appetizer was actually pretty delicious. Big, thin, and crispy. I think I liked the appetizer a lot more than the main course. Would I come back? Only if I were starving, craving for ramen, and there were no other choices around.

 

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