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Shin-Sen-Gumi Hakata Ramen, Fountain Valley, CA » wandering tummie

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May 29

Shin-Sen-Gumi Hakata Ramen, Fountain Valley, CA

 

 

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This is the second time I’ve eaten here at Shin-Sen-Gumi in years, and I don’t remember it being very good the first time. But since this is the closest ramen place to me while in the area, and my friends seem to recommend it, I decided to give it another chance. It’s slightly better the second time around I must admit. I got the standard Shin Sen Gumi ramen but 1/2 portion in a smaller bowl so I can have the add-ons.

The standard ramen bowl comes with just 2 pieces of chasu pork and some ginger strings. I had to add the spicy oil to make it look..pretty. 😛  If you want anything extra, you have to purchase more by circling the items on the paper menu. I don’t like how you have to pay extra for every little thing, like spicy miso paste, onions, bean sprouts, egg, seaweed, etc. I mean, I’d understand if you want an additional something on top of what’s already in your bowl, but things like onions and spices? C’mon now. It can really add up for well over $15 or more a bowl if you’re the kind of person who wants a big variety.

Here are the two extra things I had to pay for – fried onions and spicy miso paste:

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At Ajisen, one of my favorite ramen restaurants, at least the bowl already comes with several items like chasu pork, spicy ground pork, seaweed, egg, bean sprouts, etc. all for about $8.75, which is certainly a lot less than here.

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The gyoza, or dumplings, are so tiny you can probably fit all six pieces in your mouth at once. The soy sauce is plain so we added spicy oil and sesame (there are free containers on the table) to spice it up.

This place is always crowded. Always. Luckily we came early around 6pm, so we got a table right away. When we were left around 7-something, there were a ton of people waiting. It’s a small hole in the wall place so come early or expect at least an hour wait.

 

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