Shinsengumi Ramen and Tea Station — SGV Food Porn Quicky

Just before heading off to the airport, I gathered with a few buddies on familiar territory — San Gabriel Valley, California!

Rosemead, CaliforniaFirst stop: Rosemead.

My friend Michael grabbed Brooke and I from Culver City and we headed to Shinsengumi Hakata Ramen for lunch. Now, it never occurred to me that some folks think of “ramen” as that store-bought 10 cent per package cheap-ness.

Well, until a friend of mine, who will remain nameless… asked why we spent money at a restaurant for ramen and didn’t just buy it for a measly 10 cents from the grocer. Well, let me tell you… Japanese ramen is über yummy.

At Shinsengumi, we met my friend Jamie and her husband, David. The moment they arrived, we grabbed the attention of the very nice server and ordered. We were starved; we knew exactly what we wanted — A Set: hakata ramen (add bamboo, add corn) with pan-fried gyoza.

Now, keep in mind that there are variations of ramen throughout Japan. Hakata ramen, in Brooke’s words, is the super yummy, famous one from Kyushu. Okay, Brooke would never say “super yummy,” I paraphrase…

If you can’t tell, we were a tad uncomfortable sitting cross-legged throughout dinner… Erm, I was hungry and jumped at the first available table… Sorry. Oh, and those phones that were out? David and Brooke were checking the Jazz-Lakers game scores…. constantly…

Next stop: San Gabriel.

In lieu of good tapioca drinks in Utah, I insisted it be our next destination. We headed down the street to Focus Plaza, in San Gabriel, to hit up Tea Station. Tea Station springs from the famous Ten Ren tea.

Passion fruit green tea with tapioca pearls — the trainee threw in the wrong straw. This situation was quickly fixed, no worries. I also had to get shaved ice — with mangoes. Mmmm…

Not as good as Ice Monster in Taipei (now, apparently, closed down), but it was still good. We were all so full, most of it melted… I tried to eat as many mangoes as I could… then forced Michael to down the rest. You know, so we weren’t wasteful.

Table and chairs this time! Woot woot.

After an entire afternoon (I think it was about five hours, give or take) of eating… I had to rush back to pack up for the airport.

Oh, it doesn’t stop there though — more food ahead. Arriving early to Long Beach airport (and after a Trader Joe’s stop), Brooke and I stopped by Yogurtland (Garmin, what would we have done without you?) for one last treat.

Okay, that photo was not taken the same day… and yes, we went to Yogurtland another time. It’s just so yummy. I just didn’t get a photo in that last day…

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One response to “Shinsengumi Ramen and Tea Station — SGV Food Porn Quicky

  1. You have made me hungry. I will be having ramen (not the 10 cents kind) and yogurt this week.

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