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…
Lunch. Had to satisfy a craving.
Lunch. Nothing fancy, but pretty satisfying.
Ramen Nippon, 6900 Reseda Blvd, Reseda, CA 91335
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.”
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.
I finally found a place in Woodland Hills that serves respectable Japanese food..