Another one of my long past-due posts (this dinner was on 7/25/11), Ramen Bull was a pop-up at the Breadbar location on Third St (which seems to be a popular place to have pop-ups) that lasted until the beginning of this month. The interesting thing about the ramen served at Ramen Bull was that the broth and meat for each ramen was all beef-based. Another interesting thing was that different noodles were used for each ramen variety. I had my doubt though, about whether a beef-based broth would be able to match the richness and flavor that the normal pork-based ramen broth possessed.
Since it’s very hard for me to recollect the details of each specific ramen, I’ll just provide an overview of what I do remember. I honestly couldn’t tell the differences of noodles used for each variation, but the noodles were cooked well. The proteins were also solid. The marinated egg, meanwhile, was really good. Full of flavor and cooked to a perfect soft-boil – a pleasant surprise. All the varieties were good, but if I had to choose, I would choose the Spicy Ramen as my favorite, which was a surprise since it had the most basic protein of all of the ramen (ground beef). While each ramen was able to develop a nice beef flavor in the broth, the traditional pork-based broth is still on a whole different level in terms of flavor. Just imagine this variation as a good Japanese-style beef noodle soup. Nice try though, Ramen Bull.
Chris Hei grade: B
8718 W 3rd St
Los Angeles, CA 90048