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 =)
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!
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.. -_-
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.
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