My friend Keizo was in town from Japan this week, some of you might follow his blog GO RAMEN. It's been over a year since Keizo moved to Tokyo to study ramen, he's trained at some of the top ramen shops in Japan. But today, we met up for ramen at Zenya to catch up. Funny thing, he lives in Tokyo and knew about this New place in Torrance which just opened a week ago. Go figure...
Before we ordered, Keizo mentioned that Zenya's specialty is the Tonkotsu Ramen, the pork broth soup base. After the server took our drink order, we were told that they have no more Tonkotsu. WTH? It's 1:30 pm on a Saturday. I could understand if it was 10 pm on a Saturday, but lunch?
You could already tell that I'm not a happy camper, nor a Shio Ramen fan. They only have two types of ramen broth on the menu and their specialty was SOLD OUT.
Since my first choice was unavailable, I opted for the half order Shio and small order of the Zenya tonkatsu over rice.
Since they were out of the Tonkotsu Ramen,
they offered us a FREE topping.
According to their menu, No MSG added...
The broth was OK, but the noodles had a dry powdery taste to it. Granted, they opened a week ago, I won't hold it against them. The place was packed, but service was attentive and well trained, at least the ones who work on Saturday.
Zenya's Fried Pork with Rice
No Sauce...it was a bit dry
Overall, today wasn't about the ramen, but catching up with Keizo. Love hearing about his ramen adventure in Japan...You can follow him at www.GoRamen.com.
2531 Pacific Coast Highway
Torrance, CA 90717
Old Koraku location
Photos by Jay Terauchi
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