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Ramen Wars!

Mr. Taster | | Sep 22, 2005 05:28 PM

Long ago on a continent far far away...


Mr. Taster and his lovely Tasting Assistant

This week...

Tuesday night: RAMEN-YA!

On Olympic, near Sawtelle. Gyoza unspectacular. Cubed cold tofu appetizer with ginger, garlic, soy sauce and green onions was surprisingly tasty. Ramen soup... (added wontons for $1.50). Wontons wimpy and largely flavorless. Really nice, chewy noodles, *super* tender stewed pork (not enough, however) and a tasty but unspectacular soy broth. $17 out the door.

Weds night: Asahi Ramen

On Sawtelle. Gyoza similarly unspectacular (are there any in this town that are spectacular?). Shredded cucumber and chicken appetizer with sesame seeds and soy ginger marinade was the tastiest thing we had (about $3) The ramen? Weird, perfectly circular slices of dry, flavorless Porc(tm). Looked like it was sliced from a formed loaf. Startling in it's contrast to the lovely succulent, tender bits of stewed prok we had the night before. Noodles not as chewy, but broth was similar (i.e. unspectacular). Total bill... $18

Tonight.... Daikokoya(sp?)

In Little Tokyo. Have read several great posts about this place on CH... including one account of a person who took his homesick Japanese friend and when he tasted the ramen, he cried. I am hoping to have a similar experience tonight. Any ordering suggestions?

And now... the future. What other outstanding ramen places does LA have to offer?


Mr. Taster