You haven’t seen us posting on Convoy Conquest for a good while, since Jenne and I no longer have Fridays off together (and we’ve been busy with other blogging pursuits). But I did recently find a gold-star restaurant that you must know about … and it’s neither Asian nor on Convoy!
One of our readers, Christina, got in touch with us (wow, that was last year, sorry this has taken so long to post!) and shared her very extensive boba investigation!
Many thanks to Christina and her intrepid friend for sampling allllll the boba and getting stomachaches in the service of Convoy Conquesting.
#1 lesson learned from the Ramen Marathon: NO ONE agrees on what makes a good bowl of ramen. This must be true about all food, but I thought there would be little more of a consensus? My cousin, a Tokyo native and ramen aficionado, told me that ramen has to meet three standards to be considered good quality:
1. The noodles must be firm.
2. The soup must be hot.
3. The soup must be strongly flavored.
I stand by his teachings while adding one more requirement:
4. The egg must be soft-cooked and marinated well.
Plus, I have other personal preferences: I like the yellow wavy noodles over the white straight kind, and as an assari ramen person, I’m generally not a tonkotsu fan. But I found, to my surprise, that plenty of my fellow marathoners wouldn’t agree with me on any of the above points. For example, Jenne and I were happy about al dente noodles, while other reviewers deemed them too crunchy.
Next goal (which we may or may not get to): We hope to create a flowchart to help San Diegans choose a restaurant based on their preferred ramen flavor profile!
For full results, please see our extensive Google Sheet.
It’s not fair, you might say, that each restaurant was reviewed by a different number of eaters, according to who was available that day. For those who might object to this uneven methodology, we present to you: The Ramen Core Results & Rankings! The Ramen Core is our group of reviewers who tried all 10 restaurants during our June Marathon. There are four of us: Jayzee, Jenne, Laura, and me. (I now think of us as the Ramen Core Four.)
The winner of the Ramen Core Rankings is …
And the San Diego Ramen Marathon Winner is …
Address: 3371 Adams Ave, San Diego, CA 92116
Date Visited: 6/26/2017
# of Marathoners: 11 (Jayzee, Jenn, Jenne, Jessica, John, Laura, Melissa, Michael, Miko, Sarah H, Trinh)
Address: 8199 Clairemont Mesa Blvd Ste M, San Diego, CA 92111
Date Visited: 6/23/2017
# of Marathoners: 13 (Alli, Annalise, Jayzee, Jenne, Laura, Matt, Melissa, Miko, Reiko, Santiago, Sarah H, Sarah P, Tom)
Address: 1288 Market St, San Diego, CA 92101
Date Visited: 6/16/2017
# of Marathoners: 15 (Alli, Annalise, Jayzee, Jenn, Jenne, Jess, John, Laura, Matt, Melissa, Michael, Miko, Sarah P, Tom, Trinh)
Address: 531 Broadway, San Diego, CA 92101
Date Visited: 6/16/2017
# of Marathoners: 14 (Alli, Jayzee, Jenn, Jenne, Jess, John, Laura, Matt, Melissa, Michael, Miko, Sarah H, Sarah P, Trinh)
Address: 3739 Sixth Ave, San Diego, CA 92103
Date Visited: 6/9/2017
# of Marathoners: 11 (Alli, Jayzee, Jenn, Jenne, Laura, Matt, Melissa, Michael, Miko, Sarah P, Trinh)