eric (structurefall) wrote in sf_eats,

szechuan ramen

while i was in LA recently, i ate at chin-ma-ya of tokyo and it was easily, hands down the best ramen of my life. apparently their ramen is "szechuan style" (and apparently ramen was originally chinese. who knew?), and i've been craving it since i got back. does anybody know of anyplace in the bay area to get szechuan ramen? preferably east bay, SF also possible?
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Ramen is not as good as LA. Not gonna lie. But the best places in the bay are the typical ramen places. Santa ramen, aloha ramen, etc.
Those places don't serve the Chinese-like Chin-ma-ya style, though.
I went there too--it's really good! I loved the sesame flavor, yum. I wouldn't call it the best ramen of my life just because it's in such a different style, somewhat more closely imitating Taiwanese/Chinese food than the Japanese dish that ramen evolved into. You can get ma-po ramen at the noodle place next to the flower shop on the bottom floor of the Japantown mall, and you can get tan-tan men at some ramen shops and (of course) the original, dan-dan mian, wet or dry, at various Taiwanese noodle shops. I think the Taiwanese place around the corner from Mitsuwa in San Jose has it (between Baskin-Robbins and the ramen place).

(I've had very good ramen in the Bay Area but not in that style--I like the Kyushu style at Ajisen as well, but it's totally different.)

I asked them if they were going to come up to the Bay Area and they said they were testing the waters with that store. :)
aha! i'd forgotten what the specific ramen i ordered was called, and it was in fact tan-tan men. have any taiwanese noodle places to recommend?

i'm gonna check out this place in SF. san mateo's a bit far for a bowl of noodles...
I don't know any place specific in SF, but maybe try Oakland Chinatown. :)
where in the east bay are you? I don't think it's exactly the same style, but Sichuan Fortune House in Pleasant Hill has tan tan noodles and so does China Village in Albany.