665 Paularino Ave.,
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Located in the Mitsuwa shopping center in Costa Mesa, Santouka is a great place to enjoy a quick ramen after some shopping. Their ramen isn’t quite gourmet but it still does a good job of filling that hungry stomach of yours. And don’t worry, it tastes much better than the one in that plastic display case. Just be sure to bring your own soup spoon because a fork would probably work better than the spoon they give you. Or you can two-fist it, like I did.
Shoyu-ramen: Balancing a bowl of ramen on a plastic tray in a crowded food court can become quite tricky. And two is just plain stressful! After avoiding any spills and admiring my balancing act, I was finally able to taste what I had been intensely staring at for 10 minutes. To my amazement, the soup was very flavorful but overly oily (see pic below). The noodles had a good texture despite reminding me of the instant nama ramen I had for dinner last night. If I had to choose, I would probably choose the instant ramen. The toppings consisted of a fatty piece of chashu, seaweed, menma, scallions, sesame seeds, and a piece of naruto (not the manga!).