The star at this Santa Clara mainstay is the Orenchi ramen, a rich tonkotsu (pork bone) broth laden with chewy wheat noodles and topped with Kurobuta pork.
Polaroids of broth-drunk, sated customers collage the walls at Yoshiyuki Maruyama's Santa Clara mainstay. Though the shop offers shoyu (soy sauce) and shio (salt-based) varieties, the star is the Orenchi ramen. The bowl's rich tonkotsu (pork bone) broth is thickened by a creamy raw egg, laden with chewy wheat noodles and topped with roast Kurobuta pork, green onion, bamboo shoot, mushroom, sesame and nori. Additional toppings are available for 50 cents to $1 each, like a Naruto fish cake or Tokyo leek. The restaurant closes when the soup runs out, so plan accordingly. And if you're not up for a trip to the South Bay, check out Maruyama's Mission spin-off, Orenchi Beyond (174 Valencia St at Duboce Ave).
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3540 Homestead Rd
|Opening hours:||Tue-Thu 11:30am-1pm and 6pm-9pm, Fri-Sat 11:30am-1:30pm and 5:30pm-9:30pm, Sun 11:30am-1:30pm and 5pm-8:30pm, closed Mon|