Sunday, August 15, 2010

Ajisen Ramen | Temple City, CA

To be honest, Temple City is not the first place that comes to my mind when searching for "worldly" things such as material goods, clothing, or cuisine. If asked the question, cities like New York, San Francisco, Chicago, London, Paris, or Tokyo are generally mentioned. But as I found, don't be too quick to judge this book by its cover because Temple City is, in fact, home to a wide variety of ethnicities, and there is a cultural balance to what you can find here.

One such place that embraces this approach is Ajisen Ramen, a noodle house that dates its origins back to 1968 in Kyushu, Japan. It was then that they began creating unique recipes by blending their thin and chewy noodles with a secret tonkatsu soup base. It wasn't until 1995 when locations were expanded throughout Asia including China, Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore, and the Philippines. Shortly after, restaurants began popping up in Canada and the United States.

And now, here we are perusing through a menu that offers an extensive variety of flavors. There are thirteen ramen combinations alone, including Spicy Pork Ramen, Tomato Beef Ramen, Miso Ramen, and a Seafood Ramen that brings together fresh mussels, shrimp, and fish balls. Their rice dishes include much of the same combinations, however, there are four kinds of fried rice to choose. Our recommendation, try the grilled eel fried rice.

By the way, for those of you who are a little less squeamish with your food, Ajisen Ramen also offers more adventuresome fare as well. For example, anyone up for a bowl of baby octopus? How about spicy conch? Or maybe the Kani and Fish Roe Salad is more to your liking.

So, as you can see, we were pleasantly surprised to find Ajisen Ramen in Temple City, and thanks to my brother-in-law who turned us on to this location, we will be back for more.

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