Rainy Days & Ramen

Our little household is obsessed with ramen. We are so over Tutti Melon and almost over pho from Out the Door.  SF Weekly recently ran an article on ramen and it’s growing following and I was almost indignant that other people were into ramen as well.  How dare they?  This was our little secret obsession.  But, I suppose this is how food trends work.  We should just be happy that we were eating it before it seemingly caught on fire. The great thing about people wanting ramen is that yummy ramen joints are opening all over the Bay Area.  We have checked out many of them and will be making the rounds of the others suggested in the SF Weekly article shortly.

We love ramen “loodles”, as Ria calls them and will go to great lengths to slurp up a good bowl of “loodles”.  The rains have come early this year and ramen is the perfect antidote to pouring rain and howling winds.  Pouring rain and howling winds didn’t deter us from driving to San Mateo for ramen at Ramen Dojo, a pint sized shop that serves ramen in three different soup bases (soy, garlic pork & soy bean) and different levels of spiciness.  If there is a food that can satisfy your soul and truly comfort you, it’s ramen (especially on cold, wet days) and the ramen at Dojo’s is especially amazing.

On a recent visit, Ria, in addition to her ramen ordered 2 bowls of dumplings (she did not finish her ramen and her father very willingly finished it for her).  Melt in your mouth, full of porky, salty, uber-flavorful dumplings.  She ate one and looked at me and said – “These are better than the dumplings we make at home” (Easy-peasy dumplings).  Downside of raising a little foodie – she will eventually figure out that the food I make at home is not the best in the world.

Debbie from Frisco Kids after reading our Japantown playdate post suggested we try out the Taiyaki (Japanese fish shaped, pancake-like hand held treat filled with red bean, chocolate and a variety of other fillings) at Sweet Breams (get it?) in San Mateo.  The Taiyaki at Sweet Beams are mini sized and you can order 1/2 a school (six) or any multiple of that with a variety of fillings.  They also have a “catch of the week” flavor and in the past have had unique flavors like White Chocolate Macadamia,  Almond Pear and Black Sesame.

Rain notwithstanding this was a pretty awesome food adventure.

17 thoughts on “Rainy Days & Ramen

  1. Still getting to know my new town of San Mateo…thanks for the wonderful research. This will likely be my next food ‘venture with my 4 and 1 year old daughters!

  2. We love ramen, too. Nothing works in the rainy day like a big bowl of ramen. Sadly we don’t have any restaurant serving ramen here. We usually make it at home…

  3. Mmm — sounds SO good! I love ramen also. There is a place we go to in the city when the urge hits, but it’s kind of a pain to get there!
    Your post made me miss the Bay Area. I used to live near San Mateo. It was years ago (early 90s), and I don’t remember any ramen places in the vicinity back then!! Have you ever seen the movie, Tampopo? Wonderful, wonderful hilarious film about making ramen!

  4. Confession: the only ramen I’ve ever had is the sort that comes out of a package and you eat a lot of it in college because it’s cheap. Obviously I’ve never had the good stuff, but you make it sound so good!

  5. Awwww… you are lucky that you have all those great places for ramen. I miss ” Ippodo” In NY it was so delicious. And you could see the guys actually making the noodles, it was awesome. Here in LA I couldn’t find a great Ramen yet. I guess I have to go to SF to have a good one right? 😉

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