2015 W. Redondo Beach Blvd.
Gardena, CA 90247
The original Hakata Ramen Shin-Sen-Gumi location in Gardena has been around for more than a decade and is still considered the best (imho) compared to its Fountain Valley and Rosemead siblings. (I just can’t believe I haven’t posted this location yet!) So where should I start? All Shin-Sen-Gumi restaurants have a lot of character and it probably would be unjust if I tried to explain their mission in my own words, so here’s a little video in “their” own words.
Hakata Ramen: As stated in the video, you can modify this ramen to your liking by specifying the texture of the noodle, the amount of oil used, and the amount of flavor added. It’s like having your own personal ramen chef! Unfortunately, you can’t take them home. Anyway, like I said before, the Gardena location is my favorite out of the three. There’s definitely a harmonious feeling of originality that transfers over to the soup. I’ve never been to Hakata (or just too young to remember), but this is probably as close as one can get in Los Angeles. Its creaminess rivals that other place and on some days may even be better. The toppings (chashu, shoga, negi) are great too. Kaedama Onegaishimasu!
Gyoza: Top 5 for sure!! I got mine with the A-set. Highly recommended!
That makes me wonder…does ramen qualify for toshi koshi soba?