Ramen Marathon Pt. 1: Hokkaido Ramen Santouka


The small miso ramen with flavored egg.

Address: 4240 Kearny Mesa Rd, San Diego, CA 92111
Date Visited:
# of Marathoners:
7 (Alli, Jayzee, Jenne, Laura, Michael, Miko, Sarah P)

1: I hated it  ♦ 2: I did not like it ♦ 3: I am neutral ♦ 4: I liked it ♦ 5: I loved it

  • Overall: 3
  • Noodle: 2.79
  • Broth: 2.79
  • Meat: 3.29
  • Egg: 1
  • Additional Toppings: 3


  • Order: Toroniku (Special Pork) Salt Ramen, Regular Size (#7), shared with Sarah P
  • Overall Score: 3
  • Noodle: Thin, kind of dry? 2
  • Broth: Decent. We got the “salt” version and it’s salty! 3
  • Meat: Great fat chunks. Thin slices though. Not flavored. 3
  • Egg: No egg! N/A
  • Additional Toppings: 4
  • Price: A little high.
  • Service: Quick.
  • Ambience: Shopping mall atmosphere and lights. Good fake examples of ramen at the front — helpful!
  • Impression/Would You Come Here Again? Nah.


  • Order: Shio Ramen, Regular Size (#1)
  • Overall Score: 3
  • Noodle: 3
  • Broth: Good fat, one note. 2
  • Meat: Underwhelming. 2
  • Egg: N/A
  • Additional Toppings: 2
  • Service: Cash only.
  • Impression/Would You Come Here Again? Yes.


  • Order: Chashu (Pork) Soy Sauce Ramen, Large Size (#16), shared with Michael
  • Overall Score: 2
  • Noodle: Not overcooked, but nothing special. 3
  • Broth: Kind of bitter? 1
  • Meat: Tastes like what you get in Japan. 4
  • Egg: N/A
  • Additional Toppings: Extra points for naruto! 4
  • Price: Seems really expensive!
  • Service: Counter service is fine by me!
  • Ambience: Well, it’s in the middle of a grocery store, so.
  • Impression/Would You Come Here Again? No.


  • Order: Toroniku (Special Pork) Salt Ramen, Small Size (#8)
  • Overall Score: 4.5
  • Noodle: Good but nothing special. 3.5
  • Broth: Perfectly salty and fatty. 5
  • Meat: Toroniku is so good and it has a nice sear with deliciously salty shoyu seasoning. 5
  • Egg: N/A
  • Additional Toppings: All very nice. 4
  • Price: Kind of expensive for a small.
  • Service: No frills but I kinda like that non-pressure.
  • Impression/Would You Come Here Again? Yes, duh!


  • Order: Chashu (Pork) Soy Sauce Ramen, Large Size (#16), shared with Jenne
  • Overall Score: 2
  • Noodle: I prefer white flour noodles to the yellow eggy ones. Cooked well though. 2
  • Broth: Shoyu is not my favorite in general. Not anything special. Just kind of bitter and salty. 2
  • Meat: A little dry. 3
  • Egg: N/A
  • Additional Toppings: 3
  • Service: Meh. Counter service.
  • Ambience: I kind of like it actually.
  • Impression/Would You Come Here Again? No.


  • Order: Miso Ramen Small Size + Flavored Egg (#22)
  • Overall Score: 3
  • Noodle: Could be firmer, but it’s the kind of noodle I like. 3
  • Broth: It’s too strong to finish by itself. It would be good with rice. With rice, it would get a higher score. 2.5
  • Meat: Fatty but not super-soft as it should be. 3
  • Egg: I paid extra for an abysmal egg. It’s boiled till the whites are rubbery and the yolk has that greenish tinge. 1
Unforgivable. They dare to charge $1.50 for this egg!
  • Additional Toppings: Mushrooms are not my fave, but they do have menma (although it’s kind of dry and too fibrous), and naruto (yay naruto). 2
  • Price: Expensive!
  • Service: Almost not applicable because it’s counter service. I like counter service though. And it’s informal. Very efficient. They bus your table at the end.
  • Ambience: Casual, family-friendly.
  • Impression/Would You Come Here Again? Yes. I’ve always liked food courts.

Sarah P

  • Order: Toroniku (Special Pork) Salt Ramen, Regular Size (#7), shared with Alli
  • Overall Score: 3.5
  • Noodle: Thin, pretty firm. 3
  • Broth: Nice and salty but could use more meatiness. Hint of sesame detectable. It grew on me! Probably best component of dish. 4
  • Meat: Nothing special to the special pork. Ok but a little bland. Also too fatty for my taste. 3
  • Egg: No egg! N/A
  • Additional Toppings: Weird aftertaste to bamboo shoots. Pickled? Tasteless mushroom/seaweed? Green onions are solid. Random fish cake. 2
  • Price: On the high side, especially with no egg?
  • Service: Counter service — quick.
  • Ambience: Very casual in a food court.
  • Impression/Would You Come Here Again? Yes.

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