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Eating at Ramen Hayatemaru LA
08/26/2012 by
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Having lived in Los Angeles the last 5 years including the South Bay/Gardena/Torrance areas, I’ve always sought after my personal BEST ramen place.  The best ramen place to me must have a tasty well balanced broth and good tasting thick noodles.

Per recommendations, I checked out Ramen Hayatemaru in Torrance partly because they have half bowl sizes, so you can try more than 1 flavor.

I typically like my ramen noodles thicker because I like to slurp (excuse my manners) my noodles like Naruto.  The noodles at this place are pretty good.  They were cooked well where they weren’t chewy but were slightly more cooked than al dente.

The above picture is the red miso flavored ramen.  It had some black sesame seeds, fried tofu strips, miso, and garlic.  Remember I said the noodles at this place are pretty good? Well the broth is too salty.  It’s very flavorful though because they put wads of miso in the broth.  I would have preferred they lighten up on the use of the miso.

After the over use of miso, I was hoping my tongue would be salvaged by the more bland broth presented by this Hokkaido shoyu ramen.  It’s nice to know that the broth is pork based and there’s a layer of fat congealing at the top of the broth when I don’t move it around.  Fatty pork broth for ramen is always very tasty, and so was this.  However, they used too much soy sauce on this where it came out to be a little too salty for me.   I know shoyu broth has soy sauce, but I definitely did not expect that much salt in it.  Even after drinking water, my tongue was having troubles appreciating the broth.

The condiments served in both ramen bowls are not much to write about.  I would say the one thing that this place focuses on is their broth, which is nice except that they’re both salty compared to other ramen places I’ve been to.

I also ordered a side of gyozas (dumplings) because they were cheap at $3.  Surprisingly these gyozas are pretty big and not small like your fingernail like some other ramen places.  The sauce on the right is miso base, and the sauce on the left is vinegar/soy sauce base.  I took a bite of the gyoza without sauce, and I found it to be pretty salty.  When I smothered it in the sauce(s), then it was fine.  So that tells me they don’t really need to salt their meat that much unless people plan to eat the gyozas without sauces (which most people don’t).

Price wise, this restaurant was rather cheap.  My whole meal came out to be about $13 + tip.  The noodles are good as the thickness is how I usually like them.  However the broth is just way too salty for me personally and doesn’t really warrant another special trip for me in the near future.

Visit: 1644 W Carson St, Torrance, CA 90501, (310) 212-0055

My current choices for LA ramen in no particular order:
– Ramen Yamadaya (Torrance location)
– Robata JINYA (Los Angeles, W 3rd Street)

Other LA ramen places I’ve been to:
– Ajisen Ramen (Century City)
– Asa Ramen (Torrance)
– Daikokuya (Little Tokyo)
– Eboshi Noodle Bar (Lomita/Torrance)
– Happy Cup Ramen Truck (food truck)
– Mama Ramen (Torrance)
– Men Bei (Torrance)
Ramen Hayatemaru (Torrance)
– Ramen Jinya (Mid-Wilshire)
– Ramen Yamadaya (Culver City)
– Santouka (Mitsuwa in West LA, Torrance, Orange County)
– Shinsengumi (Gardena)