Food Porn Friday | Ramen Iroha | Costa Mesa

Friday, November 08, 2013


It’s FRIDAYYYYYYYYYYYYYY lovers- food porn time!!! 
Nothing warms me up to a wild weekend ahead like a piping hot bowl of the yummiest ramen in OC!
  I’m typically such a Nazi about any cuisine that comes straight from a food court but some of the city’s best noodle joints are situated smack dab in popular Japanese markets like Mitsuwa and Marukai. Santouka on Paularino (located in Mitsuwa Market) usually has a line wrapping around the perimeter by lunchtime but the lesser known (albeit MUCH tastier) Ramen Iroha located in Marukai market on Harbor is my favored of the two.

Here’s why:
First prize at Japan Tokyo Ramen Show 3 years in a row! These accolades are usually left for unassuming foodies like myself who really has NO friggin’ clue of the legitimacy of the award, but one heaping mouthful of Chef Iroha’s miso broth will have you awarding him 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th prizes as well honey!


White chicken ajitama ramen in miso is prepared just as I like it: clean, fragrant, and loaded with a luscious balance of sweet and savory spices. I hate when a spoonful of soup leaves that greasy residue on my lips (ahem, Santouka!) so it’s refreshing to sample layers of flavor that have melded together from hours spent simmering in the broth. The perfectly boiled ajitama eggs are amongst the best I’ve ever tasted, almost reckoning them to an alternate protein matched up with the slightly fatty char siu when a couple of slices may not nearly be enough.


If you’re looking for something with a bit more kick the red spicy ramen is the way to go. Le bf likes his ordered with extra bamboo shoots to temper the spice as the veggies soak it all in. My only one gripe would be that the soup bowls are missing some crunchy corn niblets but other than that, simple yet wholly satisfying. 

Ramen Iroha
2975 Harbor Blvd.
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
(located inside Marukai Market)
*original location in Gardena*

How do you like your ramen broth?
Miso or Shoyu based???

Bon appétit mes amis!

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5 comments

  1. The second bowl looks absolutely delicious and I would totally love to try that!

    xo
    Maggie A
    LOVE MAVIN

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  2. WOahhhh!!! You have been busy!!!! Chef Julie!!!!
    Have a super weekend babe!
    kisses
    xoThe Beckerman Girls

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  3. Omg...so hungry after seeing your ramen photos and it's just 2 photos! I need to eat some really authentic ramen soon!!!

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  4. Omg, very nice food - i think i will try it!
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  5. The ramen looks delish! I'm actually super hungry right now!

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Give it to me...gimme that funk, that sweet, that gushy stuff

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