Ramen Jinya (Studio City, CA)

Ramen Jinya
11239 Ventura Blvd
Studio City, CA 91604
Dining date: 3/18/11

I first heard about Ramen Jinya from Jonathan Gold’s raving review of it last year. He even called their tonkotsu ramen one of the 10 best dishes of 2010. I really enjoy a good bowl of ramen, so that was more than enough to convince me to try it. However, I didn’t get a chance to until this year’s Gold Standard event. I made 5 different stops at their booth, where they were serving a delicious and soul-satisfying tonkotsu ramen. I knew a visit to their restaurant was in short order.

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A number of pork and chicken broths (and even one seafood) are available, along with a bunch of toppings to customize your bowl exactly how you want it.

Chicken Gyoza

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The lone appetizer was these dumplings. I thought they were just okay – the filling had more of a cabbage flavor than meat, and the gyoza skin had a nice chew to it. I wanted a crispier bottom too. Not really better than some frozen ones you can get.

HAKATA Tonkotsu Ramen – Premium Rich Flavor Pork Broth, Chashu, Flavored Egg, Green onion

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This particular type of tonkotsu broth is limited to 20 servings a day for some reason, so I felt obligated to try it. My first sip of the milky broth was delicious – a rich, hearty flavor was complemented with the sweetness of onion and pickled ginger. The noodles were excellent as well, with a nice al dente chew. The chashu was lean, yet surprisingly tender and flavorful. My one qualm is I would’ve liked more broth. I think I eat faster than most, but not fast enough to avoid the noodles absorbing much of the broth, ruining my broth-noodle ratio.

YOKOHAMA Tonkotsu Ramen – Original Base Pork Broth, Chashu, Flavored Egg, Green onion

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The server said this was the ramen served at the Gold Standard event. It tasted a little different from my memory, but still good. Not as fatty and oily as the Hakata ramen, the pork broth had a lighter, cleaner flavor. All of the other accompaniments were the same.

JINYA Ramen – Chicken Broth, Chicken chashu, Spinach, Green onion, Crispy onion

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I also had a sip of this broth, a chicken based one. After having a couple of pork broths, this chicken was was noticeably lighter and cleaner, but still hearty. Depending on what I’m feeling like, this would also be a solid option, but I tend to prefer the richer pork broths.

Jinya is a very good place for ramen. I think all of the ramen components are done very well; my only complaint is the soup-noodle ratio. I enjoyed their Hakata ramen over Shin-Sen-Gumi’s, though not over Ippudo’s.


Comments

Ramen Jinya (Studio City, CA) — 4 Comments

    • Love everything about Daikokua except the lines. And the cockroaches by the window. It’s a different style, but I like Daikokuya’s eggier noodles better, and I like that they give more broth. Their gyoza are a lot better too.

  1. I enjoyed my ramen at Jinya, but you should head down to the South Bay for a ramen tour next time. Yamadaya, Asa, and Mottanai all make a pretty tasty bowl of ramen without the wait of a Daikokuya.

    • I’ve unfortunately not explored a lot of the South Bay ramen houses (I think the only ones are Shin Sen Gumi and Ramen California), but I really want to. Let me know next time you go!

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