Ramen Burger coming to L.A. County Fair

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Ramen Burger is opening its first brick-and-mortar location in Los Angeles’ Koreatown, but the L.A. Times also reports that it’s coming to the Fair in Pomona, which takes place Aug. 29 to Sept. 28.

The LAT says the sandwich “comes with a ground beef patty topped with scallions, baby arugula and secret shoyu sauce sandwiched between a bun made of ramen noodles. More than 1,000 people stood in line to get a taste last year when the burger made its West Coast debut.”

My friend Wendy Leung, who had one later without such a wait (and contributed the photo above), says: “It’s really not as crazy as it sounds. It was good. You might need more napkins but it’s fun to eat.”

I haven’t had one, but I’m glad to hear I can stick close to home and get one soon.

* Also, the Fair’s Chicken Charlie stands will debut deep-fried Doritos and deep-fried chicken skin, according to LA Weekly.

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  • DebB

    Every year they have new and different food at the Fair, and sometimes it’s hard to find. Then once you do find it, it’s really expensive, and what if you just want a taste before spending that much? Like the chocolate-covered bacon – I wanted to know if I liked it before I invested several dollars (turned out I didn’t like it).

    So I think they should have a tasting booth, maybe on the midway or near the info booth. The different food vendors could provide samples to the booth, and maybe you’d pay 50¢ or $1 for a sample. Then the person in the booth could tell you where to find the vendor. Make any sense?

    • davidallen909

      Nobody would stop you, Deb. I guess with this approach you don’t have to deal with the actual (ugh) chicken (kidding).

      Your tasting booth idea is interesting. Not sure I would pay even 50 cents for chocolate covered bacon — it just doesn’t sound appealing. But I know what you mean about not wanting to pony up $7 or whatever for something that sounds mysterious.

  • Cliff Hutson

    You don’t have to wait until the fair to have a ramen burger. I go to L&L Hawaiian Barbecue on Foothill Blvd in La Verne.

  • DebB

    Cliff is right, and I was intrigued enough to go try a ramen burger last night! It’s different, and definitely worth trying, but I’m not sure it’s something I’ll be eating a lot. The flavor of the burger was good, and the sauce was very good (kind of a teriyaki/BBQ sauce). But the ramen texture was unusual.

    The noodles were already formed into a patty, and they put two of them on the grill along with the burger. The noodles were a little crisp around the edges, but not all over, so that when I took a bite it was still a little soft inside. I couldn’t decide whether or not I liked it that way. And overall it was just a bit greasy.

    Unfortunately, because I was out doing other errands, I ate a little earlier than normal for me and I wasn’t totally hungry. So that may have influenced my taste buds, and may account for the fact that I couldn’t finish the burger right away. I’d be willing to try it again, and maybe try the one at the Fair for comparison. I’d be interested to hear your opinion if/when you try a ramen burger!

    • davidallen909

      You are a very fair reviewer, Deb, making allowances for all sorts of factors. I’ll give one a shot soon.