Ramen Halu – San Jose, CA

375-M Saratoga Ave.
San Jose, CA 95129
(408) 246-3933
www.ramenhalu.com

Believe it or not, I’ve never been to San Jose’s Japantown until today. And although Ramen Halu is still 15 minutes from there, its popularity on CH convinced me to stop by. Luckily for me, Thursday is the first day of the week that they’re open for lunch. I’m glad I didn’t stop by yesterday on my way to the city! Ramen Halu (or haru) is just a few blocks from the 280 freeway and on the same street as Mitsuwa. As we arrived at 11:15, a line began to form that was easily 20 deep by the time they opened at 11:30. A long line is always a good sign and I was ready to hang ten at this surfer-themed ramenya.


HALU Ramen: Our original chewy thick noodle is served in a cheerful and wealthy nutritious 2 kind of rich and clear soup broth blended. The rich soup broth is made from pork, its born, whole chicken & seaweed. The other clear soup broth is made from plenty fresh & dried vegetables, dried bonito, mackerel, anchovy, seaweed, chicken & pork. For making special taste, traditional Japanese fish broth & our original soy sauce are also blended. Home made seasoned tender pork;Cha-shu, ear mushroom;kikulage, seasoned bamboo;Menma, spinach;HO-rensou, Green onion;Negi, & seaweed; Nori on noodle in this soup broth.” states the menu.

This Halu specialty was very unique with many different flavors. The broth was incredibly strong and surprisingly sour. It sort of reminded me of Taishoken’s mori soba. The noodles were nice and thick like hiyamugi. I really enjoyed these noodles and the toppings were also top notch.


Syo-yu Ramen: “Original silky thin noodle is served in gently traditional plain soup broth is made from plenty fresh & dried vegetables, dried bonito, mackeral, anchovy, seaweed, chicken & pork. For making special taste, traditional Japanese fish broth & our original soy sauce are also blended. Home made seasoned tender pork;Cha-shu, Fish cake;Naruto, seasoned bamboo;Menma, spinach;HO-rensou, Green onion;Negi, & seaweed;Nori on noodle in this soup broth.” states the menu.

Assari-shoyu just the way I like it. Far from being bland, this shoyu ramen hit the spot. The toppings were supreme and the super thin noodles were also quite satisfying. But I think next time I’ll try to get this shoyu ramen with the thick noodles.


Afterwards, I made it down to Japantown and bought manju from Shuei-Do. They have the best tasting strawberry chichidango. I also thought about eating another bowl at Kumako ramen two doors down, but I chose to just walk around and burn some calories instead.

4 Replies to “Ramen Halu – San Jose, CA”

  1. Hey Andrew, thanks for the tip! I’ll give Kahoo a try next time I’m in the bay area. Btw, I’m no expert either…

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