Tuesday, January 8, 2008


The ramen noodles at Ramen Halu in San Jose were the best I've had in the Bay Area, thicker than the usual noodle, chewy and flavorful. The smallish restaurant was crowded on a weekday lunch hour, but the service was fast enough that the wait was minimal. The signature Ramen Halu had a broth thick with protein and delicious drippings from the cha shiu, but it was too salty for my taste. The saltiness covered any depth or subtly that might have been in the soup. Yes, judging from the Japanese looking clientele packing the place, I might be the only one with this opinion of the soup. The cha shiu was very tender and had a good ratio of meat to fat, the pickled shoots were fresh and crunchy. The fresh noodles are enough to make me return, but next time I'll order a different soup.

Saratoga near Stevens Creek

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