Is Marufuku Ramen in Irvine Worth it?
We had a serious case of the munchies so we decided to go to Marufuku Ramen in Irvine. Marufuku Ramen is the Bay Area’s well-known purveyor of authentic Japanese ramen, featuring a silky, smooth, 20-hour Hakata-style broth. It has opened a location in Irvine’s Los Olivos Marketplace back in 2021. The key process behind Marufuku’s luscious tonkotsu broth is a 20-hour cook time. In order to fully extract the umami flavor, this authentic broth is made by slow boiling pork bones. This slow-cooking process results in a combination of oily broth featuring a thick, milky layer of umami. Swimming in this thick hakata-style broth are specially selected “ultra-thin artisanal noodles.” Here, guests can dictate their own experience from the style of ramen, to the choice of protein and even the firmness of the noodle itself. This was our first time here, so it was now time to dig in.
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