Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Ramen Radar: Marukai Gardena Ramen Fair

Got a note the other day from my friend Junichi about Marukai Gardena's two month long Ramen Fair organized by the Ramen Yokocho Association.

Unfortunately I didn't make it for Menya Hiromaru but there's another seven weeks left of different notable ramen showcased from Japan and California...

Sept 4 ~ 7 - Menya Hiromaru - Toyama, Japan

Sept 10~15 - Shoki Ramen House - Sacramento, CA

Sept 17~24 - Tsujita - Tokyo, Japan

Sept 26~29 - Tatsunoya - Kurume, Fukuoka, Japan

Oct 1~6 - Hakata Hide-Chan Ramen - Fukuoka, Japan

Oct 8~13 - Chanpontei, Omi, Shiga, Japan

Oct 15~20 - Kamitoku - Ginza, Tokyo, Japan

Oct 22~27 - Taishoken - Ikebukuro, Tokyo, Japan 

Just quickly, I'm personally looking forward in sampling the legendary Taishoken (even knowing the original master Kazuo Yamagishi has long retired). Taishoken is known to be the originator of the tsukemen but judging by the site image it seems they'll be serving a ramen. Tatsunoya from Kurume who's been a semi-regular at the Mitsuwa events would be a good bet for peeps looking for a great authentic Kyushu Fukuoka Tonkotsu experience of firm/thin wiry noodles with an extra creamy broth. Then the collagen central rather rare beef bone broth of Kamitoku would also be in my top to-try list.

Hope to see you there! I'll probably be the one slurping the loudest... ;)

Marukai Market, 1740 Artesia Blvd, Gardena, CA 90248


K and S said...

hope you get a chance to check out some ramen!

Dennis K. said...

Thanks Kat! Looking forward in a few... :)

Lynn @ Oh-So Yummy said...

Oh my! At first I thought it was Ramen Yokocho Festival all over again! I wonder how busy this ended up being. What did you think of it? If we were closer, we'd be there slurping too! At least we tried a few at the festival (recap on the blog).

Dennis K. said...

Hi Lynn! I've been super swamped and haven't had a chance unfortunately. I also heard Taishoken pulled out, a real bummer.