South Bay stalwart continues to satisfy thanks to customer first approach
Shin-Sen-Gumi became one of the area’s first breakout ramen stars when it opened, partly by providing so much flexibility. A creamy tonkotsu base comes topped with juicy pork chashu, punchy pickled ginger, and scallions, but each bowl is a canvas for customization: you dictate your noodle firmness, soup oil level, and saltiness. From there, Shin-Sen-Gumi provides a choice of over three-dozen bonus toppings, including cod roe, pig ear, and a scoop of borderline dangerous Carolina Reaper pepper paste. The menu has become increasingly elaborate over the years, now including an “overload” bowl that combines three pork preparations and “spicy breakfast” with bacon, egg, and spicy miso paste. Shin-Sen-Gumi also runs LA ramen locations in Rosemead, West LA, and Little Tokyo.