Ramen California in Torrance definitely has something different going on. The lunch menu is small and I was sorry to see some of the appetizers I wanted to order weren’t available until dinner time. The main attraction here is the ramen and this being my first time, I just ordered a medium bowl of the Californian Ramen which boasts of having lots of vegetables. The catch at Ramen California is that instead of the milky, pork-flavored broth most ramen places have, theirs is made out of chicken.
The bowl of ramen arrived in all its colorful glory. Red beets, purple and yellow cauliflower, and green broccoli all sat happily in a clear chicken broth. First the good news. The broth is so fantastic, it’s worth making the trip down to Torrance. It tasted like pure chicken and had a thick, satisfying mouthfeel for such a clear broth. It was lip-smackingly good.
The noodles were also extraordinary. Their texture was smooth and different than the usual crinkle texture that ramenyas like Santouka serves. They weren’t overcooked at all, had the perfect amount of bite, and did a great job of delivering the right amount of soup to my waiting mouth.
The pieces of chicken (for a $1.50 extra) were tender and juicy for being white meat. They don’t skimp on the quality of the meat here.
Now the bad news: the vegetables. I was excited to eat the boasted 20-something different types of vegetables. I didn’t really keep count, but there were a few different types of vegetables. They tasted fresh and I could tell that they hadn’t been sitting around in the fridge for a week. The unfortunate thing is that they were all undercooked. I’m personally not a fan of the trend of cooking vegetables al dente, especially cauliflower and broccoli. If I wanted crunchy vegetables, I’d eat them raw.
The next time I return to Ramen California (and I do hope there will be a next time), I already know what I’m going to order. The pure soup that has just the soup and noodles — the two best things from the restaurant.
24231 Crenshaw Blvd. #C
Torrance, CA 90505