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Gaja Moc – Okonomiyaki!

March 28, 2010 Gourmet, Japan 1 Comment

The last time I had okonomiyaki was on a rainy night almost 2 years ago, in the Tsukishima Town of Tokyo. I’ve been craving it ever since. IMHO, Gaja Moc is the best place in Southern California to recreate the experience…

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Sushi Ichiban Kan – Unagi Don

March 23, 2010 Gourmet, Japan 1 Comment

Lunch. Had to satisfy a craving.

Ramen Nippon – Mabo Don

March 22, 2010 Gourmet, Japan No Comments

Lunch. Nothing fancy, but pretty satisfying.

Ramen Nippon, 6900 Reseda Blvd, Reseda, CA 91335

Curry Up Cafe – kind of crappy

March 17, 2010 Gourmet, Japan 4 Comments

Curry was way too sweet. bleh.

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Mon Restaurant – tried their Chirashi Box

March 16, 2010 Gourmet, Japan No Comments

… i liked that there was a piece of uni and some unagi. that’s about it.

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Ichimi-an – One of the Best Soba shops in the South Bay

March 14, 2010 Gourmet, Japan No Comments

Located next to the other Japanese stores (i.e. Nijiya, Koraku, Book-Off, etc) in Rolling Hills Plaza, this tiny shop makes AMAZING soba with quality ingredients. In fact, they import the buckwheat to make soba directly from Japan “on K-Line vessels in refrigerated containers to keep them fresh as possible.”

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Chin-Ma-Ya: Tan-Tan Men + Chin-Ma Han

March 13, 2010 Gourmet, Japan No Comments

Perhaps it was the hangover from the previous night’s festivities, or it being almost dinner time when i woke up, or both, but I found the signature dishes, the Tan-Tan Men and the Chin-Ma Han, absolutely delicious!

The first thing that I did when the food arrived was slurp a spoonful of the broth. It was silky smooth, robust, and most importantly, INVIGORATING. Well-read in the touted health benefits of capsaicin and ma ratsu (ingredients found in Chin-Ma-Ya’s offerings), I succumbed to believing that the Tan-tan men to be another GREAT HANGOVER CURE…. until I realized that I took an Advil about 1/2 hour before. Nevertheless, I left the place full and satisfied. I will most definitely come back again.

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Sushi Ichiban Kan – Favorite Japanese Joint in the Valley

March 3, 2010 Gourmet, Japan 1 Comment

I finally found a place in Woodland Hills that serves respectable Japanese food..


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