The NoHo Arts District dot Com team likes to give applause to our unique local businesses who’ve decided to make our one-mile section of North Hollywood their home. We also like to celebrate our local businesses’ triumphs. Let’s give a big NoHo shout out to Tamashii Ramen House, not only for their yummy fare and happy vibe, but for two accomplishments of many more to come. First, they opened their Pasadena restaurant, making it three in three years. Second, Tamashii Ramen House was awarded the "2015 Outstanding Small Business" from Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti since the restaurant’s three locations have create more than 40 jobs. But like we always say, our neighborhood is only as good as its people. Meet Tamashii Ramen House owner Colin Fung.
What was your background before you came to the U.S.?
I was born in Macau a long, long time ago and grew up between Hong Kong and Macau. After high school I went abroad to Australia for a Hospitality Management Degree. After graduation I returned to Hong Kong and worked in several restaurants, private clubs and hotels. I finally became the food & beverage manager of the Hong Kong Cricket Club & Aberdeen Boat Club and the assistant food & beverage Manager for the Hong Kong Jockey Club.
Why did you decide to move to the U.S.?
After a couple years with the Club life, I decided Hong Kong was not big enough for me, so I headed off for California four years ago with my family. Then I fell straight away in love with this fantastic city and we are enjoying every single day in this great part of the world.
Why did you chose the NoHo Arts District for your second restaurant? (we are so glad you did!)
I live in Burbank and since the first restaurant in Sherman Oaks is kind of small, I decided to expand. I drove by NoHo almost every single (most of reason I wanted to see whether any existing food establishment business were for sale or any restaurant space for lease. I’d been waiting and waiting.
One day I saw a banner "Retail space for lease" then I noticed the thrift store "Someone Else's" had closed. I called the number right away and I just couldn't let go for such a nice space with a 50-foot-wide store front. Tamashii NoHo born.
What is Tamashii?
The English translation of the word ta-ma-shi-i is “soul.”
It is the soulful, comforting, and satisfying quality that describes the food at Tamashii Ramen House. Therefore, the name Tamashii Ramen simply means soul ramen. It is our goal that our noodles will touch the hearts of people all over the city, providing food that is characterized by its excellent quality, generous portions, and great taste. There is nothing more satisfying than when you can have delicious ramen that comforts your soul, and then take joy in knowing that such a restaurant is just around the corner. Tamashii Ramen seeks to be that kind of restaurant in the town of Sherman Oaks.
Whether you were born in Japan or born in Los Angeles, raised on home-style cooking or are accustomed to commercial cuisine, like to dine with large company or eat peacefully by yourself, you will find a place here at Tamashii Ramen House. So come join us today for a practical yet exquisite, tasty yet affordable meal that you will want to experience again and again.
The effect of Tamashii Ramen is simple: Eat it, feel it, and share it.
What are some dishes folks should try?
All our broths are cooked more them 14 hours, everything is made from scratch. Some Ramen you must try: Tonkotsu Black (Strong garlic favor), Spicy Miso Ramen (Bean Paste base), Chicken Wonton Ramen. Of course don't forget to order an ice ginger tea with your Ramen, it so refreshing !
Ramen is a Japanese noodle dish that originated in China. It is served in a meat- or fish-based broth, often flavored with soy sauce or miso, and uses toppings such as sliced pork (chāshū, dried seaweed nori, kamaboko, green onions, and occasionally corn. Almost every locality in Japan has its own variation of ramen, from the tonkotsu (pork bone broth) ramen of Kyūshū to the miso ramen of Hokkaidō. Ramen is believed to have originated from the Chinese la mien noodle dish and became introduced to Japan during the 19th century. It became hugely popular after the invention of instant ramen in 1958, so much so that it was named one of the greatest Japanese inventions of the 20th century.
One of the most common flavors of ramen is shouyu which is noodles served in chicken and vegetable stock added with soy sauce for some added flavor. The noodles they usually use for shouyu ramen is on the curly-side and the noodles can come with toppings such as bamboo, green onions, egg and sliced pork.
Another common flavor of ramen is tonkotsu where the ramen soup appears white. The soup stock comes from simmering the bones of a pork over many hours (tonkotsu literally means ‘pork bones’) Restaurants serve the tonkotsu ramen with straight noodles and it has a thicker consistency than shouyu ramen.
Another fun (and yummy) note about Tamashii Ramen House is their special appetizer offer for the NoHo location. They change often so that you can experience a new dish. Get your free appetizer>>
Tamashii Ramen House
11024 Magnolia Blvd. NoHo 91601
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