There I was, once again stuck in Richmond. Yah, I probably secretly have some sick love for the place as I'm making the trip seemingly a couple of times a week. This time around, I was getting my car repaired in Richmond. I had the choice of a Jetta or a Corolla - guess what I chose? After doing so, I needed something quick for eats. Since I was dining alone, the best thing I could come up with was Yah Yah Ya Ramen in the former location of Liu's Taiwanese.
I ended up going for their meal set which included my choice of ramen. Going for their most popular, I had the Shoyu with the addition of buttered corn. As much as the broth was not exactly thin nor bland, it was missing something. There was definitely a meatiness to it as well as some silkiness (as I chose "normal" broth). At the same time, there was no real impact on my senses including smell and taste. As for the noodles, they were toothsome and of an adequate portion. I really enjoyed the chashu as it practically melted in my mouth. The egg was also on point. As for the side of Chashu Rice, the meat was salty and mostly moist. The rice was a bit fluffier than chewy.
A couple of weeks later, I met up with Mijune so we could try the other broths including the Miso and Shio. With a rich saltiness, the miso did exhibit a decent amount of pork flavour. Now, this would never be mistakened for the ones found at Ramen Butcher nor Kintaro. It was fairly light with only the slightest of silkiness. As for the shio, it was more "porky" and of course with a background saltiness. Once again, I chose normal for broth, noodles and chashu which meant there was moderate fat while the noodles were toothsome but not hard. This time, the egg was a little overdone. After sampling 3 types of broth, I personally liked the Miso more than the popular Shoyu. The other components including the noodles and chashu were on point each time.
- Noodles and chashu are on point
- Attentive service
- Broths are okay, but could be more impactful