Ramen House Raijin at 19th & S, opened two weekends ago.
The restaurant is the most recent effort by Sai Wong, who recently switched concepts for that location from Izakaya Daikoku.
Wong also owns nearby Ryujin Ramen House, located a half block away in the Safeway parking lot. He previously owned sushi restaurant Akebono in Land Park, but recently sold the business.
I ate at Raijin last weekend and found it to be surprisingly busy for a new restaurant without much publicity surrounding its opening.
They continued to serve okonomiyaki ($10), a savory Japanese pancake, but had new styles of ramen not served at Wong's other restaurants including a Spicy Champon ($10). This is what Wikipedia says about this style of ramen:
Champon, also known as Chanpon, is a noodle dish that is a regional cuisine of Nagasaki, Japan. Due to the inspiration from Chinese cuisine, it is also a form of Japanese Chinese cuisine. Champon is made by frying pork, seafood and vegetables with lard; a soup made with chicken and pig bones is added. Ramen noodles made especially for champon are added and then boiled. Unlike other ramen dishes, only one pan is needed as the noodles are boiled in the soup.
If you're a ramen aficionado, I'd definitely recommend checking the place out.
Ramen House Raijin is located at 1901 S Street.
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