A ramen shop in Japan that specializes in dashi ramen is expanding out of the country for the first time, and landing in San Francisco’s Japantown. Called Hinodeya Ramen, it uses dashi, a fish stock that uses fermented fish and seaweed to impart a stronger flavor, for its bold umami flavor. The noodles are made here in SF using whole grains. The team is trying to replicate it as much as possible as the version in Japan.
In charge of that replication is chef/owner Masao Kuribara, who has cooked for the late prime minister of Japan, the Clintons, and several heads of state. It’s that experience cooking for politicians that made Kuribara realize that food can play a part in cultural diplomacy, hence his decision to open in the United States.
Hinodeya Ramen will open next Wednesday, November 23 at 1737 Buchanan St. with a limited menu, plus beer, wine, and sake.