A taste of Tsukemen at SilverLake Ramen

Silverlake Ramen

The global ramen trend hasn’t waned just yet. At SilverLake Ramen, a ramen spot at a lifestyle arcade on Sunset Blvd., the groups of people outside hint at the kind of ramen they offer.

They have tonkotsu, and shoyo with either pork belly or chicken, a vegetable ramen with miso and tofu, tsukemen dipping noodle (what I ordered), and fusion dishes like the buttered oyster mushroom, pork bun and tempura roll (tempura sushi) Ericke ordered for the 2 of us.

The place is rather small, but the curious foodie understands the long wait.

Siverlake Ramen Tokyo-style tsukemen dippin noodle

Tsukemen, which was popularized in Tokyo by Tha Ramen God, Kazuo Yamagishi, founder of the ramen shop Higashi-Ikebukuro Taishoken, is presented like a deconstructed ramen. Thick pork and fish broth with intense, undiluted flavor is the dipping sauce for the accompanying plate of noodles, nicely seared pork belly (chose it over chicken), spinach, bean sprouts, nori and egg. The delicious soup is basically sweet with sourish undertones. I love the kind of noodles they use which were thicker than average, al dente and flavorful.

Pork Belly Dippin NoodleGrilled Mushrooms

Everything else was memorable — modern creations with traditional elements. The mushroom, most especially, was both crisp and luscious.

The cuapao-looking pork bun in photo below reminds me of home.

I see myself visiting this place regularly, especially because the prices are reasonable, the service is friendly and efficient and it is walkable from my house, hahah, kind of, ‘coz it’s probably not to Ericke.

Tempura RollPork BunSilverLake Ramen

SiverLake Ramen 927 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles (323) 660-8100 Open 11:30am-11:00pm

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