Perhaps you're the kind of person that thinks about Pho or Ramen and says, Pho-get-about-it, Ramen is the King of Noodle Soup. On the other hand, maybe you're the polar opposite and are Pho-ever a fan of the Pho and its flavor-it-yourself-with-toppings experience. Sure, you can enjoy both noodle soup concoctions, and many people do. A boxing matchup would look like this. On one corner, you have a bowl of Pho, a Vietnamese soup full of brothy goodness, rice noodles and your choice of meat, tofu, and select herbs. One the other corner is Ramen, a Japanese noodle soup consisting of Chinese-style wheat noodles in a meat or fish-based broth flavored with soy sauce, miso, dried seaweed, kamaboko, and green onions. Both noodle dishes are top Heavyweight contenders in robust flavors, offering the perfect morning, noon, or night treat for slurping aficionados. Dining Joint recommends both! Here are a few dining joint options to consider in San Diego County.
Pho Kitchen - 4121 Oceanside Blvd, Oceanside
In business for less than a year, Pho Kitchen is already at the top of the list for Pho-lovers in Oceanside and North County. It's easy to see why. An enticing menu features an appetizing selection of exciting Pho options, such as the P3 combo, featuring Filet Mignon that delivers a knockout punch of flavor. Tip: Cool off with the Watermelon Lemonade.
Pho Hung Cali - 1060 Broadway, Chula Vista
Once you step inside this large Pho restaurant, you can't help but love the friendly staff and an extensive menu with classic Pho dishes. Try the #20, featuring a generous amount of Tofu and Vegetables in tasty beef broth. Order the #21 when you're craving meat - this beef broth noodle soup is packed with Well-Done Steak, Rare Steak, Well-Done Brisket, Flank, Tendon and Tripe - definitely NOT for meat-sensitive foodies!
Santouka Ramen - 4240 Kearny Mesa Rd, Kearny Mesa
Let's face it, the Kearny Mesa area is stuffed with many Ramen, Pho and Asian dining joint options, so it's hard to pick just one. Your taste buds will be pleased as you slurp your way to happiness at Santouka Ramen. Favorites include the Shio Ramen featuring a mild and creamy broth with tasty Cha-Shu (pork back ribs) and flavorful noodles topped with a Japanese pickled Plum. If you prefer the taste of Miso, you can't go wrong with the Miso Ramen, which features a Pork broth that will please any of our dining joint slurping aficionados. Tip: Cash only!
J BOX - 5814 Van Allen Way Ste 135, Carlsbad
Whenever I'm up in the Carlsbad area and have a craving for Ramen, I head over to J BOX. Sure, this joint has some of the freshest sushi and rolls around, and as tempting as the sushi may be, their one and only Ramen soup is so good, it definitely receives two chopsticks up! One slurp of the rich and hearty Miso paste, Soy sauce and Pork broth mixture will have your taste buds singing.