Ramen is a Japanese noodle dish of Chinese origin. You can find it at the following restaurants in Davis:



Ramen Hook

Zen Toro

Instant ramen soup is often jokingly referred to as a staple of the college student's diet. While most cheaply packaged variants are not nutritional unless other ingredients like vegetables are added, ramen is extremely cheap and comes in a variety of brands and flavors. It requires a very short preparation time, and depending on the brand, the soup can either be microwaved in its package cup or removed from its wrapping and cooked on a stove. Maruchan and Nissin (Cup of Noodles and Top Ramen) are the most common brand choices, mainly because of their availability in stores such as Save-Mart, Safeway, and even Rite Aid. Kim's Mart sells alternative and premium varieties of ramen, including kimchi flavor.

Ramen has been the topic of or mentioned in various California Aggie articles. One column from January 2005 is devoted entirely to this popular food. See it here.

Longs Drugs CVS has ramen for ten cents a pack (2007-03-13).

What's in your ramen?

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2006-06-08 23:58:48   Oriental flavored Top Ramen + Fresh cut veggies (Mushrooms, carrots, broccoli, green onions) + Cayenne Pepper + A few drops of hot chili oil = It's over —JesseSingh

2006-06-09 09:47:46   Awwh, I thought someone discovered a secret hidden real Ramen shop in Davis. Boo! —TheodoreSuryapurnama

2006-06-11 00:53:52   Ramen is refrigerator velcro. Generally, anything left over that otherwise wouldn't get eaten mixes nicely with the noodly goodness. —JeffLeCates

2006-06-11 15:32:45   Shin Ramyon baby!!!! —CarlosBarahona

2007-03-13 18:50:25   I think Mirai's serves real ramen of medium quality, but only for lunch. —PhilSpear

2008-01-27 21:26:34   Where's the nearest place one could score some real ramen, I've been itchin for my fix. —ArmyDecoy

2008-05-17 16:05:16   I miss the Ramen House... :( —SunjeetBaadkar

2008-07-18 22:17:13   Oshio's sells ramen all day. It doesn't taste very good, but its better than packaged ramen. —AmyTrinh

2008-12-16 20:27:35   I once got a book called "everyone loves ramen" for the holidays a few years ago. It was meant as a gag gift (and still is), but now it will prove to be quite useful once I retrieve it from back home. —BryceH

2008-12-16 22:21:57   http://www.phdcomics.com/comics.php?f=12IDoNotExist

2009-08-09 04:55:18   I'm in Japan for the summer, and have been eating real ramen for the past couple of months. I have not been disappointed once. Davis needs a dedicated Ramen shop. I want to make it happen. —smccord

  • There used to be an awesome place called The Ramen House (replaced by Thai Nakorn), but it was student run and had a small staff. There were points I would drop by during their open hours and they would be closing early because the person who usually makes the food didn't show up. But those times that person did, wow...best ramen I've had around. And their kimchi udon was like no other. —SunjeetBaadkar
  • Yes, I remember the Ramen House. It was okay, and dedicated to ramen, but ... it's a serious dish, when done right, and served right, is just out of this world. Would Davis support a small shop, with about ten to fifteen stools, serving ramen that would end up being the last meal for the day? — smccord

2010-02-25 19:02:15   We need a ramen shop in town! —BillKendrick

2011-03-30 23:41:31   I put canned tuna and eggs in my ramen. Need dat der protein. —hankim

2013-07-08 00:01:21   Someone should totally open a place that does ramen, udon, soba, & curry.

  • Mikuni has ramen, udon, and curry, although the ramen and curry were very disappointing and I haven't tried the udon. Zen Toro has all four of those items, but I've never gone there so wouldn't be able to say anything about their food. -hankim

2013-12-16 15:03:16   There's going to be a ramen shop opening inside the U-Mall between Forever21 and the T&M Bike Shop. I was there a few days ago and saw the shop sign. —JenniferNguyen