The texture of the noodle is chewy and elastic, just the way that pulled noodles from Japan, Korea, China, and Taiwan should be. And although I cannot say the noodle has any particular flavor, it is submerged in a broth that is concentrated, almost milky with absolute pork essence. The soft boiled egg that sits atop the liquid lipid lake is the crown jewel of the bowl. Typically, ramen from other restaurants comes with just half an egg, but Orenchi grants guests a whole entire egg, the white of which encapsulates the gleaming gold that lies within.
A must try is the french fries okonomiyaki style (お好み焼き風ポテトフライ). Orenchi substitutes the traditional bottom of an okonomiyaki pancake with good ol' French fries, but the top is still the same... tart Japanese mayonnaise, drizzles of otafuku sauce, some seaweed seasoning, and a generous heap of bonito flakes. We all love topping our fries off with some greasy goodness (think carne asada fries), so you know that this is a mouthwatering monstrosity.
With our own bowls of ramen and fries to share, it is hard to order anything else. We did manage to scarf down some karaage with everything, but there is still an extensive menu that includes takoyaki, potato croquettes, and roasted pork over rice that requires exploring. But I guess we can save that for our next visit... hopefully not in 100 degree weather. Until next time, let's all get S.O.F.A.T.
3540 Homestead Rd.
Santa Clara, CA 95051
ML - 20130907