Shinsengumi Hakata Ramen – Rosemead, CA

8450 E. Valley Blvd. #103
Rosemead, CA 91770
(626) 572-8646

After going a few days without ramen since last week’s ramen intoxication tour, I woke up this morning from an intense spiritual dream, yearning for that metaphysical noodle. And then I had to go to work. Yes it’s true, I finally found some “paying” contract work to do other than drive around aimlessly in search of ramen-ya’s. Unfortunately, it’s still in the mortgage industry so I could be back to my ramen ways in a couple of weeks…

Anyhow, since I got a chance to visit Daikokuya last week and finally form my own opinion about the Shinsengumi versus Daikokuya battle, I decided to head out to the new SSG in Rosemead with hopes of proving myself wrong.

(Sorry, no pics today because of a mishap with my camera, but you can check out my previous post from the Shinsengumi in Fountain Valley or their website or sites of fellow bloggers.)

The Rosemead Shinsengumi is definitely louder and more vibrant than the others. Perhaps it’s because they just opened and are still eager to instill the ramen enthusiasm in their newfound customers. The ramen on the other hand could use some work. I was extremely disappointed with its flavor and its failure to satisfy in comparison to the other branches. If this is what they give me to work with, Daikokuya wins hands down! No comparison!

I honestly recommend visiting Shinsengumi, but I’m not so sure about the Rosemead location. You might have to give it a couple more months to get it right. And if you can’t wait that long, luckily you can visit the Fountain Valley or Gardena locations today. You won’t be disappointed.


I almost forgot. The SSG Summer Charity Event is Sunday, August 26th in Gardena! All the money raised on the date of the event is donated to the Foundation of Kagoshima (Japan), and the Japanese Education Resource (Torrance, CA). Let’s Go! I’ll see you there!

3 Replies to “Shinsengumi Hakata Ramen – Rosemead, CA”

  1. This is a low grade raumen shop. The broth is mostly soup base and very little tonkotsu or other flavor. They will give you a bottle of soup base and garlic upon request and it is needed to add flavor to their weak broth. The greatest disappointment are definitely their noodles. Thin and not very firm even when you request them al dente. The ability to ask for “stronger” or “weaker” broth/oil etc. is a neat gimmick but in the end all this does is add flavorless oil and more or less saltiness. Try Santokua for an education to what good ramen in the states is about.They have a good gyoza and nice fried rice (authentic japanese style). If only they cared about their broth as much.

  2. yeah, i’d beter try a different location…rosemead still needs some time for improvement.bit too salty for my liking.

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