Thursday, November 25, 2004

Japanese: Noodles

Hakata Ramen Shinsengumi
2015 W Redondo Beach Blvd - (310) 329-1335 Gardena
Gardena ramen house with the milky Kyushu broth. Absolutely incredible compared with normal ramen standard. This is the best I've had. Also try silly snacks like cream croquettes and fried chicken gristle.

16525 S Western Av, Gardena, 310 532 9348
Amazing handmade white soba (sarashina soba) at Otafuku, made with buckwheat flour imported from Japan. Impossibly rare and irresistible.

2002 Sawtelle Blvd. (310) 473-1013
Japanese chain with super high-quality ramen, I like it almost as much as Shinsengumi. Very tender chashu/sliced pork and excellent broth. Open late, too. Amusing pork sandwich is made with sweet dough similar to Cantonese cha siu bao.

1747 W Redondo Beach Blvd - (310) 323-3966 Gardena
Handmade udon is a rare thing, this is the place for it. Eat it soup-less with small amount of dipping sauce. Todai plaza is a great place for Japanese food!

Kyushu Ramen
15355 Sherman Wy. Van Nuys, (818) 786-6005
The milky long-simmered broth with firm ramen noodles is yours in this rather un-Japanese neck of Van Nuys. Good n' tasty with fine cha shu/pork slices, plain shoyu is also worthwhile.

11555 West Olympic Boulevard, 310.575.9337 West LA
Fine ramen on Olympic. Shoyu (soy) and shio (broth) both good.

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Blogger Jerome said...

Wow, if you rank Ramen-ya up there with "great" ramen, something's amiss. And no mention of Daikokuya in Little Tokyo? Slammin' good. Open late, too. Chabuya is decent, better than Ramen-ya and way better than way bad Asahi Ramen, but its broth is so spice-based versus slow-cooking in a cemetary of meats, veggies, etc. If you ever watch the cooks at Daikokuya replenish their broth, u'll see what I'm talkin' about. Now, where do I get handmade ramen noodles around here?

2:04 PM  
Blogger Silas said...

Daikokuya leaves me satisfied but it is not totally comparable to the the Kyushu ramen I experienced at the infamous "Ramen Stadium" in Canal City, Fukuoka. Daikokuya lacks the thickness and flavor, even when ordered "koterra" (extra fat). For LA, it's good.

4:17 PM  

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