4330 Moorpark Ave.
San Jose, CA 95129
Around the corner from Mitsuwa.
Can you smell the ramen incense blowing in the air? I can and it's emanating from Kahoo 香風! After a share of disappointments in the city, I decided to head south (again) to try another well-recommended ramen-ya from San Jose. One supposedly so good, our friend rameniac calls it "the best shoyu ramen in the Bay Area, if not the world outside of Japan." Wow, could this bowl be the one?
Shoyu Ramen: A deep, murky goodness that is both light and resoundingly flavored, one could definitely argue it's position for best in the bay. I, on the other hand, have a few objections. Indeed this ramen stood out, but I'm not sure it could beat out the likes of Santa, Halu, or even Shoki. Wouldn't it be fun if we could see them all duke it out? I'd pay to see that! (I'd probably be the only one too...)
The star topping was the pork belly. Next time I'm ordering extra! The rest (egg, menma, spinach, goma, negi, nori) were somewhat typical. But I loved how the spinach soaked up the wonderful soup.
The noodles didn't seem to match. Much too thin for my tastes, they really didn't feel like ramen noodles. I'm not sure what it was or if it was just me, but something a little thicker would have been nice.
Shio Ramen: The Shio Ramen wasn't as good as the Shoyu, but if you like a strong, heavy chicken flavored soup, then this would be the one to get. The toppings and noodles are similar to above with much the same impressions.
Once again, the pork belly was sensational!
Gyoza: Now why would they just bring out an empty plate? I thought I ordered gyoza! Sumimasen! Oh wait...there is gyoza on the plate. Daaang, that's some crazy camouflage. Are those octocamo gyoza skins? Hahaha. I was so intrigued with their appearance that I almost forgot to eat them. They weren't the greatest but they were 100x better than that Neon Palace!
Yup, it's official. You definitely need to travel outside the city for ramen to mean anything up here!