“T.A.E.” stands for Total Asian Experience, a series of blog posts that started almost three years ago. A total Asian experience would be a routine of activities every time we go on a ramen run in Hacienda/Rowland Heights.
After having average ramen in San Francisco, I really needed to “goodly corrupt” my taste buds with better ramen. This past Sunday, my friend Angie wanted to take Matt and I out for ramen to celebrate our birthdays. I just had my birthday last week and Matt will have his later this week. We went to Ajisen in Rowland Heights.
Angie and I ordered the Ajisen Spicy Pork Ramen and Matt ordered his usual Spicy Beef Ramen with egg. The first sip felt like I was rescued from the turmoils of mediocre ramen. My tastebuds were pleased. I don’t care how “mainstream” and untraditional people think Ajisen is. Their ramen is one of the better ones in the area and they have always been consistent with their quality. The noodles were chewy, the broth was very tasty, the chashu was flavorful and tender, and rest of the toppings were great! (And they don’t have bamboo here… YES!) I’ve never ordered their spicy pork ramen before and I loved it. From levels 1 to 3, the spiciness would be about level 2. The reddish stuff on the right side of the bowl was the spicy ground pork. Mix the ground pork around to fully enjoy a spicy broth! Be warned… they use MSG!
We continued our evening at Genki Living, just a few blocks north from Ajisen, for some dessert crépes. Don’t forget to bring cash if you ever come here!
We topped off the evening with a photo session at CUE!, just upstairs from Genki Living. We always seem to show up a little before they close at 10 pm. The photo booths have timers so make sure you think fast when you take photos, make your selections, and decorate! The employees there will shut you down! Bring cash here too.
What a fun night! Thanks for the birthday ramen Angie!
And stay tuned for another episode of Total Asian Experience!
18253 Colima Rd. #104
Rowland Heights, CA 91748
Ajisen is located in a shopping center, on the second floor. There is free parking around the buildings and also has its own parking garage.