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Member Reviews (14)
- Orochon RamenMember ofBudget TravelersFoodiesWellness+ 1Jul 03, 2013
Hmm Spicy Japanese food. It doesn't sound possible. That's like saying Fat Free Soul food it doesn't exist. Japanese food is not spicy, but it is when you go to Orochon Ramen. This must be an American take on a Japanese item, because I recall my friends from Japan don't eat anything spicy.
I was extremely excited to try out Orochon. I decided that I would not take on the Special #2 Challenge. I have been burned before by Atomic Wings and no matter how it taste on your tongue your stomach and the rest of your digestive system is what suffers. Besides, if I wanted to truly suffer I would just watch Oprah or Sex in the City. I was tempted, but instead decided to go with Orochon #3. WEAK! I know.. considering its all about the challenge. I was hoping for some tasty soup. Instead it taste like burning. Even though I know I can do a higher hottest rating, I felt disappointed. The noodles were soft and cooked right. The soup was so-so and was filled with a few bean sprouts and a few slices of meat. I didn't mind the lack of meat, which is normal for most ramen places. COME ON! I heard these bowls are huge. I was expecting something like a Super Bowl of Pho, but nah it was more like one handful of noodles and some okay soup.
The soup did not flow with the spice. If you have ever had Korean spicy noodles, that's doing it right. The spicy and soup base should flow together naturally. It should not taste like soup that you accidentally spilled a bottle of hot sauce in. Because of the peppers and spices, the soup tasted like Mexican and Japanese fusion. The flavor did not taste like Japanese food to me. Looking around the restaurant I noticed some sad faces. A few people had a "I only came here because I watched Man Vs Food" look. They also had the expression of "Is this it?". I notice some people started to order sides or more noodles. The restaurant was pretty quiet. I only heard the noise of lazy servers sitting in the dinning area talking and occasionally dropping what they were carrying.
I don't think I will go again. I expect higher standards for Ramen especially if you are located in Japantown in LA. Try Costa Mesa or Rowland Heights for some good Ramen. Unless you live walking distance, the drive is not worth it.
- Orochon RamenMember ofGreen TravelersLocal CultureOutdoor Enthusiasts+ 12Jun 24, 2013
Orochon - 1
Yulree - 0
I attempted to defeat the 30 min Orochon Special #2 challenge. I did it because there were no female patrons on the wall of fame...and sad to say, the wall remains female-less.
Before: Ready with a quart of milk and the support of my coworkers
Part 1: Not bad, not as spicy as I thought. Ate all the jalapenos to get it over with; it's hard to eat b/c it's so hot (as in temperature)
Part 2: Getting full; still hot
Part 3: Ugh...feeling gross; not going to make it
After: Tummy feels very warm. Mouth is still salty.
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- Orochon RamenMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 1Jun 18, 2013
How did this place go downhill so much??
I remember coming here 4 years ago after an Anime Expo outing and sitting down to a DELICIOUS bowl of salt ramen with pork that was EFFING tender.
It stayed on my mind for so long but I never got the chance to come back since LA isn't really a place I frequent and since Santouka is nearby where I live.
We got a chance to come back yesterday after E3 with the same friend that I ate with 4 years ago and we had super high expectations. "I hope this place is as good as we remembered it to be"
Oh boy were we let down. :(
The broth was horribly watered down. I got a spicy level of 6 which is considered "mild" as it was one above non-spicy. All I could taste was the spiciness and there was NO depth of soup flavor whatsoever. What happened to the thickness of the broth??
The pork also seemed like it was scraps and definitely not the type of pork you usually find in ramen. There was no thick slices here. It was pieces of squarely cut pork that looked like they came from a Chinese noodle bowl!
Also, really, what bowl of ramen has green bell peppers? My bowl was swimming in it! It totally conflicted my taste buds by having that has the default veggie.
Adding all the extras added up too cause Egg = $1 and Sauteed Bamboo = $1.50 (or $1.25 don't remember)
There wasn't enough noodles either! It was also too dense and didn't taste like ramen noodles. So sad, so sad!
The table next to us left early and left half of their bowls half-eaten too. Guess we weren't the only ones unsatisfied.
Will not be coming back again but will retain that one memory 4 years ago when Orochan was top dog. Now it's Santouka all the way.
- Orochon RamenMay 27, 2013
Since I really like spicy food, I definitely enjoy going to Orochon. This place has really delicious and spicy ramen. I usually get the miso ramen with spice level 3. I think it's the perfect level. Level 2 is too spicy for me and this is coming from someone who loves spicy food. I don't know how people can do any level above level 3, but props to them! They have a challenge here where you can get the ramen for free if you're able to finish a Special #2. It's definitely possible since many people have done it before, but you for sure need practice!
- Orochon RamenDec 19, 2012
Seriously Some Spicy Stuff!
There's been a little too much of SWV going on with this, "Rain down on me" stuff, and I've been needing a little of TLC. How about a big bowl of hot ramen? Mmmmm. But let me tell you, the ramen Orochon has is not that kind of warm, hot stuff where "OOO, I feel all warm and tingly inside." It's more of that, "OOO, I feel all hot, perspiring kind of spicy tingly feeling inside." SOMEBODY GIMME SOME WATER!
My taste buds can't compete in any Man vs. Food Challenge, but seriously, that #3 was still spicy for me and I liked it! Just so you know, if you don't know, Orochon has a number scale of spiciness: 1-5 (1 being the spicest). BUT there is MORE than spicy, Special 1 and Special 2. Yes, I know, OMG.
My #3, Miso with cha-shu pork was pretty good. I am not a ramen expert, but I think I like Daikokuya's ramen better. I can't describe why, I just like it better. But I do like that Orochon has that spicy appeal.
And I do like Orochon's mixed fried rice. It's not as dry as other fried rices and is mighty delicious.
Other than that, if spicy is for you, then Orochon could sure show you some spice!
- Orochon RamenMember ofLocal CultureBudget TravelersBusiness Travelers+ 3Sep 24, 2012
Attempted the Special 2 Challenge - Failed miserably.
Had I known I would be attempting this, I wouldn't have been stuffing my face with takoyaki an hour earlier. Regardless, I finished the entire contents of the soup only to be left with a head-sized bowl full of super spicy broth with sliced chunks of chili. I'm a fan of spicy by all measures, but I overestimated the combined power of spicy and quantity. The noodles were a bit tougher than other ramen houses, but it was still tasty. I'll have to come back sometime and try a bowl of ramen where the flavor isn't totally drowned out by the spiciness.
- Orochon RamenMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsFoodies+ 2Sep 11, 2012
Only two legit reasons you should ever step inside this "ramen" joint:
1. because you like spicy food.
2. because you are too hungry for the wait at Daikokuya and you absolutely crave ramen this instant.
Unfortunately, I was guilty of the latter this weekend and found myself at the counter of Orochon waiting for my bowl of ramen. I'm a traditionalist, and want my ramen the way countless of generations in Japan have made it and enjoyed, so I went with the miso non-spicy (#7) and added egg and chashu.
Let's start with the positives because it's a much shorter list. The egg was cooked perfectly, and the chashu was very juicy. The serving size was large enough to make me wonder why anyone would option for extra noodles.
Now for the list of negatives longer than a strand of ramen... There is a discernible difference between flavorful and salty broth, and Orochon's broth was undoubtedly just salty. The ramen itself was a bit hard for my taste, but gradually got better as it sat in the broth. I also noticed that the previously mentioned large serving size was just an illusion, since by the middle of my chow down, I was literally just eating bean sprouts as there was no more ramen.
The worst part of it was knowing that I could have had a significantly superior bowl of ramen across the street for actually LESS MONEY, since my order with the additions (that Daikokuya includes without extra charge) comes to $10 (ramen $7.45 + egg $0.99 + chashu $1.50). Expensive for salty bean sprout noodle soup!
- Orochon RamenJul 04, 2012
I don't know why everyone likes this place maybe because it was on Man VS Food? or maybe because I don't like spicy food too much especially when it is soo hot you cannot taste the the broth and noodles...I don't why this place has so much hype and I wouldn't go again.
- Orochon RamenMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 6Jul 04, 2012
Try the Orochon Challenge, as featured in the TV show Man vs. Food. If you can finish the #2 Spicy in 30 minutes, you will get your picture on the wall (Adam Richman from Man vs. Food couldn't do it). The ramen here is decent, but you have to pay for most of the toppings. They do have different levels of spiciness to suit your preference.