I was in the Emeryville Public Market yesterday for the first time in about a year. Hadn’t heard anything about Shiba Ramen, which is now open, so we decided to try it out. They rotate which types of ramen are available, so we tried the spicy ramen and the dry ramen.
Spicy ramen is described as: " Creamy sesame tonkotsu broth with spicy ground pork, bean sprouts, soft-boiled egg, bok choy, green onions, shredded togarashi peppers"
Dry ramen is described as: “Brothless pork-flavored ramen with bean sprouts, soft-boiled egg, pork chashu, bamboo shoots, green onions, nori paper. Mix well before eating. Good for take-out.”
The spicy broth wasn’t really spicy at all, but had a nice flavor. Noodles were curlier and had slightly more bite than the ones I had at Santouka in LA recently. Ground pork had a nice flavor, but again, not even slightly spicy. Soft boiled eggs were served cold but were great.
I liked the dry ramen slightly more. All mixed together, the noodles became lightly coated in a sauce. No super strong flavor, but there was some fattiness which gave the noodles substance.
I’m not sure this is super destination-worthy right now, but it definitely seems like a good option in that area. Curious to hear what others think!