Ramen Revolution: Best Noodles in Long Beach
Did you know there’s a ramen revolution in Long Beach? In the past few years, there’s been an explosion of restaurants offering these delicious dishes of slurpy goodness, many just a short distance from 442 Residences. You’ll also find authentic noodles from Cambodia, Thailand, Vietnam, and Indonesia. And catering to the health-conscious crowd, a number of eateries offer vegan and gluten-free options. Whether you’re craving the perfect comfort food for chilly weather or a light satisfying meal on a warm sunny day, Long Beach boasts some of the best bowls hands down, and we’re not just noodlin’ around. Check websites for outdoor dining updates, pick up & delivery.
HiroNori Craft Ramen 610 East Carson St. Long Beach, CA 90807
HiroNori Craft Ramen offers fresh cut noodles, hand made broth, and sauce crafted with lots of passion and technique from two top Japanese chefs who have more than 15 years of ramen experience. Their tonkotsu ramen is prepared with a simmered pork bone broth accompanied by artisan crafted noodles. The dish is topped with bean sprouts, green onion, spinach, a half egg, seaweed, wood ear mushrooms, and pork chashu, grilled to perfection. You can personalize your meal by adding garlic, their house spicy sauce, or black garlic oil.
RAKKAN Ramen 5242 2nd St. Long Beach, CA 90803
In 2011, Rakkan Ramen began as a tiny, four seated ramen bar in Tokyo. In 2017, with a passion for the world to taste their authentic Japanese Ramen, they began expanding to locations in the U.S. RAKKAN Ramen’s 100 percent plant-based broth is made with Dashi, a traditional Japanese soup stock full of umami, bringing out the best in each ingredient. They slowly simmer the carefully chosen vegetables and kombu (kelp) to extract the best flavor and lock in the umami. The marriage between the Oishii Japanese broth and silky slim noodles will help you discover the existence of another level of pleasure for your palate.
Gu Ramen Taps & Tapas 108 W 3rd St. Long Beach, CA 90802
Gu Ramen offers a house bowl of noodles filled with tonkotsu broth, a pork broth prepared by boiling pork bones in water for a significant amount of time. Gu Ramen adds their signature touch by throwing some chicken bones in the mix. Choose from either ramen (egg-based) or udon (wheat-based) noodles. Their udon is a vegan noodle and you can order a fully vegan dish by asking for their shoyu-based (soy sauce) broth. Gu Ramen offers various heat levels, allowing diners to choose from mild to super-spicy versions.
Ramen Hub & Poke 3900 Atlantic Ave. Long Beach, CA 90807
Since opening in late summer of 2018, Ramen Hub & Poke has garnered a loyal following of ramen, poke and sushi lovers in the Bixby Knolls and Long Beach areas. Masahiro Ramen Master and Executive Chef Steve San have over 20 years experience as ramen and sushi chefs, owning restaurants in Tokyo, New York, San Diego, and Long Beach. Ramen Hub serves the Hakata style of signature ramen, using noodles made from Masahiro Ramen Master’s recipes, which incorporates a cloudy soup broth made from slowly simmered pork bones for richness and depth of flavor. Their thick and thin noodles are hand made. Broth, rice, and other ingredients are cooked using a specially filtered water system to give you the cleanest, purest ramen flavor possible. The chefs prepare each bowl of ramen “aburi” style, carefully adding fresh toppings flame-blistered to perfection.
Kihon 5662 2nd St. Long Beach, CA 90803
Although known for its carefully crafted sushi, this tony Naples Japanese restaurant also makes beautiful bowls of 16-hour tonkotsu ramen and a spicy miso ramen with a milky, savory broth. Kihon presents its ramen in a traditional manner, with long white noodles accompanied with a pile of menma (pickled bamboo shoots), a gelatinous slice of pork chashu, and a lovely six-minute soft-boiled egg.
Bamboo Teri House 3391 Atlantic Ave. Long Beach, CA 90807
Family-owned Bamboo Teri House has been serving quality Japanese food to the Long Beach community for 35 years. The Japanese have always believed the bamboo plant to be a symbol of strength and longevity – exposed to the harshest forces nature can muster, bamboo will bend, but never break. Thus the name Bamboo Teri House was chosen in hopes that the restaurant would take on the same characteristics as its namesake. Noodle dishes include miso ramen, shoyu ramen, soba, and udon. They also serve an extensive menu of Japanese favorites such as teriyaki bowls, Japanese curry, and sushi.
Mitaki Poke And Sushi 3547 Atlantic Ave. Long Beach, CA 90807
Mitaki Poke and Sushi serves authentic Japanese food, including ramen, and their namesake sushi and poke. Ramen is presented with your choice of meat and toppings. Their extensive noodle menu includes vegetable udon, chicken udon, tempura udon, spicy udon with seafood, and yakisoba (pan fried noodles with veggies and grilled chicken). Available for takeout and delivery.
Phnom Penh Noodle Shack 1644 Cherry Ave. Long Beach, CA 90813
Featured in LA Times, Eater, LA Weekly, Long Beach Post, Press-Telegram, and more, Phnom Penh Noodle Shack offers authentic Cambodian dishes for the community to enjoy. Open since 1985, over the years this family-owned restaurant has grown in size and notoriety, with the goal to spread awareness of their food and culture to as many people as possible. Soups have 5 types of noodles to choose from: small rice noodles, big rice noodles, small egg noodles, big egg noodles, and mix egg/rice noodles. Each bowl is garnished with cilantro, green onion and garlic.
S.T. Noodle Bar 4152 Norse Way Long Beach, CA 90808
S.T. Noodle Bar or “STNB” is a Thai noodle house offering classic dishes and a spiced-to-order assortment of Asian noodles. The menu reflects the bustling spirit of Thailand, full of vibrant colors, flavors, and culinary riches. Along with authentic Thai noodles, they also put their own spin on various staple dishes from Thailand, presenting an exciting dining experience with a modern touch. If you’re looking for a light lunch, try the Mini Noodle Cups, available for takeout only.
Uncle Fung Borneo Eatery 5716-A E 7th St. Long Beach, CA 90803
If you’ve never tried authentic Indonesian food, Uncle Fung Borneo Eatery is the place for you. This traditional restaurant offers a wide array of fresh food including homemade egg noodle laksa (soup with egg noodles), mee goreng (Indonesian style spicy fried noodle dish), Borneo rice plate, chicken satay rice, and teh tarik, a popular hot milk tea beverage most commonly found in restaurants and outdoor stalls within the Southeast Asian countries of Malaysia, Indonesia and Singapore. Order online for pick up and delivery.
Photo #1: Uncle Fung Borneo Eatery
Photo #2: HiroNori Craft Ramen
Photo #3: RAKKAN Ramen
Photo #4: Gu Ramen Taps & Tapas
Photo #5: Ramen Hub & Poke
Photo #6: Kihon
Photo #7: Bamboo Teri House
Photo #8: Mitaki Poke And Sushi
Photo #9: Phnom Penh Noodle Shack
Photo #10: S.T. Noodle Bar
Photo #11: Uncle Fung Borneo Eatery