Kairakutei (revisited) – Tustin, CA

17292 Mcfadden Ave.
Tustin, CA 92780
(714) 368-0233

It’s not the first time that I’ve been here. But it’s the first time that I’ve been here with someone who is approaching ramen royalty. You may not realize it, but edjusted from ramenramenramen.net, or otherwise known specifically as “The Ramen Blog”, has been blogging about all things ramen since the invention of the internet (okay that’s a slight exaggeration but it’s been many many years). I’ve known edjusted for about a year now (since I started blogging) and it’s been a pleasure to exchange ramen stories on the few occasions we get to hang out. And today was no exception!

Tonkotsu Miso Ramen: A self-proclaimed “Best 3!” of Kairakutei, it’s one of my favorites there as well. If you’ve ever asked yourself what tonkotsu plus miso ramen would taste like, then I’m sure your brain would somehow imagine this–a creamy tonkotsu with a slightly overbearing miso sensation that creeps up on you…boo! Uh…nevermind, it’s not Halloween yet. The toppings (chashu, nori, wakame, egg, negi, shoga) are good complements for most, but I still miss the menma. The noodles are not much to rave about, but since I’ve recently learned how difficult it is to make your own noodles in the states, I won’t be too harsh.

Tonkotsu Shoyu Ramen: Edjusted ordered this so be sure to check out his review here. I had a taste and it was probably the lightest tasting tonkotsu I’ve ever tried. It wasn’t bad, it was just very smooth.

Chahan (Fried Rice): The chahan was actually very good. It still reminds me of those “okosama lunches” though. Mama もっとちょうだい!Hahaha!

Hey edjusted, thanks for coming out today! We oughtta do this more often! Please say hello to your wife.

3 Replies to “Kairakutei (revisited) – Tustin, CA”

  1. Hi Keizo,Nice review. 🙂 I’ve been holding off on my review of Kairakutei for about 3 months now (oops :), but the one downside to Kairakutei is my own personal weakness against MSG. 😦It had a good flavor (the 2 types I tried on my 2 visits), but the MSG did me in unfortunately. If someone doesn’t have a reaction to MSG then Kairakutei is pretty decent. 🙂Agree about the Chahan! (^_^)

  2. Geez Keizo, “ramen royalty”? I’d be happy just to be the court jester of ramen! Thanks for the kind words. It was good seeing you, and the wife says hi back!

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