Got a note the other day from my friend Junichi about Marukai Gardena's two month long Ramen Fair organized by the Ramen Yokocho Association.
I didn't make it for Menya Hiromaru but there's another seven weeks
left of different notable ramen showcased from Japan and California...
Sept 4 ~ 7 - Menya Hiromaru - Toyama, Japan
Sept 10~15 - Shoki Ramen House - Sacramento, CA
Sept 17~24 - Tsujita - Tokyo, Japan
Sept 26~29 - Tatsunoya - Kurume, Fukuoka, Japan
Oct 1~6 - Hakata Hide-Chan Ramen - Fukuoka, Japan
Oct 8~13 - Chanpontei, Omi, Shiga, Japan
Oct 15~20 - Kamitoku - Ginza, Tokyo, Japan
Oct 22~27 - Taishoken - Ikebukuro, Tokyo, Japan
Just quickly, I'm personally looking forward in sampling the legendary Taishoken (even knowing the original master Kazuo Yamagishi has long retired). Taishoken is known to be the originator of the tsukemen but judging by the site image it seems they'll be serving a ramen. Tatsunoya from Kurume who's been a semi-regular at the Mitsuwa events
would be a good bet for peeps looking for a great authentic Kyushu
Fukuoka Tonkotsu experience of firm/thin wiry noodles with an extra
creamy broth. Then the collagen central rather rare beef bone broth of Kamitoku would also be in my top to-try list.
Hope to see you there! I'll probably be the one slurping the loudest... ;)
Marukai Market, 1740 Artesia Blvd, Gardena, CA 90248