Friday, October 15, 2010

Daikokuya {Los Angeles, CA}

Finally! I've now tried "the best ramen" of Los Angeles. I wanted to compare the "best ramen" of Los Angeles to the other major cities: San Francisco and New York, but it turn out, they're not really comparable. 

New York and San Francisco had completely different views on ramen. Ippudo of NY was a more modern take where as Katana-Ya of SF was a mix between modern and traditional. Daikokuya though, Daikokuya was traditional all the way. 
To start we had those beautiful things above. They are nubs of spicy tuna, wrapped in shiso leaf, then enrobed in a tempura batter and fried to perfection. Served with coarse salt, they were the most pleasing little packets of goodness that I've had in a while!

Daikokuya serves the most traditional ramen. They only offer one type, because well, they've perfected it and don't need to add any finicky toppings or add-ins. The broth is incredibly rich, almost buttery! The soup is filled with tender pieces of pork, a whole egg, bamboo shoots, bean sprouts and green onions and its the perfect mix. 
The bowl is so big you can fit your face in it - and then some! The best thing about Daikokuya is that it's cheap! Compared to the $15 bowls from SF and NY, Daikokuya serves up a larger bowl at only $10. It's a steal and a delicious one at that!

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