Really good Ramen in Arcadia.
I’ve said it before, Ramen is important. It’s important in Japan, and I hope that it becomes important here.
And when you can’t have you favorite, you can at least have really really good.
Ramen Yukinoya (Facebook Account only) counts as really really good.
Ideally, when you go in search of a good Ramen place, the thing to do is find out where the local Japanese-Americans (or Canadians) are hanging out, and follow your nose to good good stuff. If places like Little Tokyo or Torrance or Rancho P.V. are too far away, well then turn to the Chinese Community.
No fooling. If a Ramen house is going to expand operations, and seeks new lands in which to conquer, going to Chinese-American communities are a safe bet.
That’s where I found Ramen Yukinoya…in Arcadia
It’s a comfortable little spot in the corner of a CVS Strip Mall. The day I was there it was very crowed, and one would imagine that’s a condition it’s more than used to.
When you walk in, you’ll see the trappings of a traditional Ramen Joint, with a bit of hip hop styled Japanese Ukiyo-e, or Ukiyo-e like paintings on the wall, giving the place a fresh (yes, fresh) look.
And when I say it was crowed, I was not kidding. I got a seat at the bar, and was eating with elbows tucked in, but the ramen made it all worth it.
Despite the crowds, the service was great…and I mean great. Waitstaff were all likable and easy going. The atmosphere was loud without being ear-shattering. Ramen Yukinoya has made my rotation. It’s a place I’ll go back to again and again.
WHAT SHOULD I GET?: I got the Tonkotsu Ramen, which came with an egg, pickled radishes, seaweed and some Chāshū Pork. Chāshū being Pork that is rolling into a log and braised it at a low temperature. It was tender and delicious, but the real star of the show was the broth. The broth at Ramen Yukinoya was great. Milky in its texture, but not as creamy tasting as Ajisen Ramen (which I really, really like). It had bit more of a salty-soy flavor to it than Ajisen’s as well, but that was okay too. This was a damn good soup. I was surprised. Happily surprised.
Another thing they did at Ramen Yukinoya, was they made the best Chicken Karaage I’ve ever had. Usually, these are fried up pieces of white meat chicken with some kind of dipping sauce, in this case Japanese Mayo. Here, the Chicken was good enough on its own that it didn’t need anything else.
IMPORTANT SAFETY TIP, PEOPLE: This place is popular and can get a bit crowded. Other than that, no big issues.
PARKING: Pretty Good. Ramen Yukinoya is part of a large Retail complex, with a CVS. The parking lot is decently full, but not totally.
Let’s put it this way, I guarantee you’ll find a spot, it’s just a matter of how far it is away from the door.
1423 S Baldwin Ave.
Arcadia, CA 91007
Tel: (626) 821-0901
Tuesday-Sunday: 11:30 am – 2:30 pm / 5:30 – 9:00 pm