Continuing my Asian noodle adventure from my last post, I’ve had some wonderful ramen in a few places.
My youngest daughter recently did a history project on Japan and one enterprising mother took a group of girls to Little Tokyo after school. I met them for dinner at Daikokuya in Little Tokyo. We each ordered a bowl of ramen and an order of gyoza to share. Plus, the other mom and I ordered sake – hey, she had just spent an afternoon with a group of adolescent girls and I was coming from a long day at work!
The gyoza were like none I’ve ever seen. Long, almost like crepes, and steamed. I’m not quite sure what was inside. At first, we thought they had brought us the wrong thing. They were good, but I don’t think I’d order them again. The ramen, however, was wonderful. Delicious broth, with pork, egg, and Japanese veggies.
And then there’s Ramen Jinya. Ramen Jinya is in the same mini-mall as the Marshall’s that I frequent (a little too frequently), so it was only a matter of time before I tried it. Terrific! It has become my daughter’s and my standard Saturday lunch place. The ramen is as good as the ramen at Daikokuya in Little Tokyo, if not better. There are several types of broth and all the ones I’ve tried so far have been fantastic – flavorful and cloudy without being overwhelming. The pork chashu is so tender, it melts in your mouth. There are also greens, pickled something or other, and standout noodles. My daughter and I always share a ramen and an order of roll sushi, and if they come at the same time, the waiter tells us to eat the soup right away so the noodles don’t get soggy. I love that they instruct us how to eat so we get the most out of the food. When I met Jonathan Gold a few weeks ago (this exciting event was chronicled in a recent blog entry) and he learned I lived in Studio City, he asked if I had been to Ramen Jinya. Or rather, he said, “you’ve been to Ramen Jinya, I’m sure…” to which I could happily say, “of course!” Unfortunately, I don’t have any photos (of the ramen, nor do I have any of Jonathan Gold) because I’m too busy eating and sharing a lovely experience with my daughter to take pictures. All right, I keep forgetting. But trust me, the ramen is fantastic.