1730 Sepulveda Blvd #6
Torrance, CA 90510
With plenty of Sichuan-style restaurants located throughout Japan, it's good to see a ramen-ya in Torrance trying to distance itself from the others with a Sichuan (Shisen) influence. Shisen Ramen does this by perfecting their signature Tan Tan style ramen, a spicy spectacle of sensation. Located on the corner of Western and Sepulveda, Shisen (sort of) reminds me of ramen-ya's in Japan--more counter seats then table seats. The waitresses are all dressed in nice Chinese dresses and are very friendly.
Shisen-ramen: An unusually delicious spicy slurp. It's not as spicy as it looks but it was still enough to give you a kick. It reminded me more like mabo-ramen without the tofu. The soup had a great flavor, probably due to the bottom-dwelling ground pork. The noodles were straight and thin with impeccable texture. The toppings (baby bok choy, cabbage, carrots, onion, and ground pork) were a welcome change from the norm. A return trip is a must!
Shisen Paiko-ramen: All of the above plus paiko (fried pork). I definitely recommend getting this one. The paiko was amazing and made the ramen twice as good.
Gyoza: These were so small that I couldn't get a good grip on the taste. They weren't bad, but they had this strange tangy-ness that sort of exploded in my mouth.
Chahan: A bit on the greasy side and missing some flavor, but still pretty decent and better then average.