I am a liar. I told the my management-level peers at work today that I wouldn't go out with them today because I "brought my lunch and had errands to run." *wink, wink* Well, I actually did bring my lunch, so I wasn't telling a total lie. I just felt like going out with my other friends who are way more fun to try out a ramen shop in Van Nuys. And I didn't want to feel obligated to invite them along because frankly, their taste in food sucks and I didn't want to hear anyone bitch if they didn't like it. So I lied, snuck out of the building like a teenager who's been grounded, and putt-putted off to Kyushu Ramen.
And let me tell you, the sins I'd committed today were so worth it. I am sooooo ecstatic to have found a good ramen shop in the San Fernando Valley.
Kyushu Ramen is a clean, no-frills space located in a mini mall in the heart of Van Nuys. I pretty much knew what I wanted before even seeing the menu. I was looking forward to some Kyushu-style ramen, the kind whose broth is made with pork bones and is thick and opaque. I perused the menu anyways, to see what else they had to offer. Several varieties of "regular" ramen, shoyu and miso as well as curry ramen, mabo tofu ramen. Three types of cold noodle dishes. Udon and soba. Your typical Japanese entrees like teriyaki and katsu, plus some other more exciting entrees like liver & chives and mackerel sauted in miso. A handful of appetizers like natto tofu and gyoza. But I was here for the house specialty, the Kyushu Ramen. And for good reasons.
These guys really know how to do tonkotsu broth. The milky opaque broth is hearty and rich with deep pork flavor. A thin glistening layer of pork fat lies on top, adding to its complexity. Each bite of the thick, chewy ramen noodles and oh-so tender roast pork slices is made even more interesting by the spinach, fish cake, seaweed, sesame seeds, boiled egg, bamboo shoots, and pickled ginger swimming in the luscious, salty liquid.
Kyushu Ramen's Kyushu Ramen
I got back to the office scott free. No one even knew. Yeah, maybe it'll catch up to me one day, right? I'll get caught. But if it's for a bowl of Kyushu Ramen, I won't care.
15355 Sherman Way
Van Nuys, CA 91408