Ton Chan Ramen is housed in what used to be Aji Man Japanese Restaurant, which closed just short of its three-year anniversary. :( In looking up other ramen restaurants I've posted, I discovered Kappa Ramen - Anaheim is now closed as well. Seems like only the ramen chains are weathering the economic storm, or I need to try more mom-and-pop ramen restaurants.
I went with the basic Shio (Japanese Salt) Ramen with black garlic oil, per Tony's suggestion. While at it, I figured I'd throw in gyozas and a pork bowl that I'd eat the leftovers later.
The shio features straight, thin noodles, $8.25.
Yummy porkiness. I thought the broth was pretty good, milky and porky. The black garlic oil gave it a very nice charred contrast.
Still, my siblings and I prefer Daikokuya Original Noodle & Rice-Bowl - Los Angeles (Little Tokyo)'s tonkotsu broth best. Actually, both my siblings, after traveling to Japan and eating the ramen there, said they preferred Daikokuya.
The chashu bowl, an extra $2.25 as part of my combo. It was fine, but not incredibly tender like Daikokuya's pork.
And a side order of gyozas.
Satisfied my craving.
Free mango pudding for dessert.
When Gourmet Pigs came back to town from the holidays abroad, we decided on dinner here so I could try another ramen.
This time I ordered the Shoyu (Japanese Soy Sauce Ramen), $8.25.
The shoyu broth comes with thick curly noodles, which I liked much better.
A shot of Gourmet Pigs' shio broth with straight, thin noodles for comparison.
Without the addition of the black garlic oil, I felt like the broth was too muted. My first visit was better.
Again, free mango pudding for dessert.
Lunch is cheaper at $7.25 a bowl, or get the specials for $8.95 which includes ramen and a choice of Spam musubi, curry bowl, chashu bowl, or a half order of fried rice.
At the same price point and same distance as Daikokuya, I always gravitate there instead. But for a non-chain option, even mini-chains, Ton-Chan Ramen will do.
It's right next door to Golden Deli Vietnamese Restaurant - San Gabriel, so be warned that finding a parking spot at peak mealtimes can be difficult.
December 1, 2013 update: Ton-Chan Ramen is now closed.
My other ramen posts:
Daikokuya Original Noodle & Rice-Bowl - Los Angeles (Little Tokyo)
Daikokuya Original Noodle & Rice-Bowl - Monterey Park
Santouka - Costa Mesa
Santouka - Los Angeles
Shin-Sen-Gumi Hakata Ramen - Gardena
Shin-Sen-Gumi Hakata Ramen - Rosemead
Ton Chan Ramen
821 W. Las Tunas Dr.
San Gabriel, CA 91776
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