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Furaibo – Tebasaki (Nagoya style chicken wings)

October 22, 2011 Dinner, Gourmet, Japan 1 Comment

Surprisingly, AH, who is Japanese, has never had Japanese fried chicken.

So, I took it upon myself to introduce her to some of her people’s deliciousness, and also to satisfy a craving =)

Link: Furaibo

N/Naka – Kaiseki

September 17, 2011 Dinner, Japan, Leisure, Living No Comments

Haven’t seen RA in 8 years or so. Ran into her while shopping. Made plans to catch up.

Had Kaiseki.

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Ramen Jinya – Hakata Ramen

February 26, 2011 Gourmet, Japan, Lunch No Comments

After reading reviews about Ramen Jinya in LA Weekly and on Rameniac, I ventured into Studio City to give this place a whirl…

Being my first time, I really wanted to try something special. I was very curious about the tomato seafood ramen served with garlic bread, but alas, they didn’t have any for lunch time. So, I settled on the hakata ramen. I’m not going to lie, I was initially drawn to it as a second choice after reading on the menu that it was limited to 20 servings per day. Ha!

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Shin Sen Gumi Hakata Ramen

February 19, 2011 Dinner, Gourmet, Japan No Comments

Last night, Sooj was craving Hakata ramen, so we went to Shin Sen Gumi. We had to wait 40 minutes to be seated, but it was worth it!

I ordered egg and pork toppings, not knowing that the regular already comes with half an egg and pork.. -_-

Link: Shin Sen Gumi Hakata Ramen

Santouka – #81

February 19, 2011 Gourmet, Japan, Lunch No Comments

My Guatemalan friend loves ramen… but up until now, she’s been exposed to pretty mediocre ramen. So, took a 3 hour lunch break and took her to one of my favorite Ramen joints in So Cal…. Santouka!

I ordered the Shio for both of us. She loved it.

#81 is my default order. It’s regular sized Shio Ramen + Egg + Pork Bowl.

Sinful. Delicious!

Link: Santouka

Kushiyu – Ikura and Salmon-Zuke Don

February 12, 2011 Gourmet, Japan, Lunch No Comments

it was okay. 

Link: Kushiyu

Kushiyu – Soboro Don yum

February 4, 2011 Gourmet, Japan, Living No Comments

After a few months searching, I finally found a place that serves a decent soboro don in the valley.

… though a bit sweet, it was still tasty.

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Ayame – Omakase

December 31, 2010 Gourmet, Japan, Living No Comments

had dinner with JC and tomimito.

Link: Ayame

Mottainai Ramen

December 23, 2010 Gourmet, Japan No Comments

Looking through pics in my digital camera, I noticed that there are quite a few things I forgot to post about. One of which is this ramen joint inside Marukai Pacific Square. It’s a relatively new place that serves some pretty good ramen. I recall that everytime I would talk about ramen around my kickboxer friend, he would ask me if I ever got the chance to try Mottainai. Apparently, he really likes this place. Anyways, the other day, we went.

I ordered the miso and added all sorts of toppings, like an egg and wonton. I also tried a bit of their spicy paste, as well. The noodles were different (not in a bad way) from what I’m used to. Nevertheless, I thought everything was pretty tasty.

I’ll be back.

Link: Mottainai Ramen

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