Tuesday, February 27, 2018

San Francisco's Marufuku Ramen Brings Tonkotsu to Temescal

You no longer have to cross the bridge for their Hakata-style ramen.

By Janelle Bitker
Tue, Feb 27, 2018 at 8:04 AM

click to enlarge Hakata-style ramen with braised pork at Marufuku in San Francisco. - PHOTO COURTESY OF JON S. VIA YELP
  • Photo courtesy of Jon S. via Yelp
  • Hakata-style ramen with braised pork at Marufuku in San Francisco.

waits are common at Marufuku Ramen in San Francisco’s Japantown. The little shop opened last year to universal praise for its Hakata-style ramen — thin noodles in a cloudy, pork-based broth.

Now, Eat Bay fans of that restaurant won’t have to travel so far for its tonkotsu. Marufuku will expand into Oakland with a Temescal shop (4828 Telegraph Ave.) in the former Hina Yakitori space. After opening on Wednesday, Feb. 28, it will continue to serve dinner
Wednesday through Sunday. If the Berkeley opening of Ippudo — another Hakata-style restaurant — is any indication, you can expect a line.

Marufuku cooks its tonkotsu broth for more than 20 hours, and as with some other high-end ramen shops, you can specify the firmness of your noodles, level of spice, and even the thickness of the broth itself. The San Francisco restaurant also serves chicken paitan ramen, another milky style, along with a few rice bowls and izakaya-style appetizers.

The Hakata-style ramen with braised pork belly, a soft-boiled egg, corn, green onions, mushrooms, and bean sprouts costs $14.99, which is similar to an equivalent order at Ippudo. 

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