I had to go to Torrance today (was in immediate need of spices which necessitated a trip to Penzey's) and so I decided to stop at Mitsuwa Marketplace on the way back for Japanese foodstuffs and lunch.
In the little food court are six or seven places serving food -- curry, combo plates, omerice, ramen, etc. Most of the places have a "C" rating (including the sushi place -- ew.). Given that I had never eaten there before, that put me off. Santoka had a B, though, so I dove in.
I ordered combo #54 -- a small bowl of shio (salt) ramen, rice with leeks, and a flavoured egg. It was the best, most satisfying Japanese meal I've had in a long time. The ramen was FABULOUS, the rice was perfect, and the tea egg was a nice little hit of protein. $7.50 (the same combo with the larger bowl of ramen is $8.50) and it was more than I could eat.
If you end up in the Mitsuwa marketplace, stop at Santoka and get ramen. It's perfect on a cold day like today.
Note: none of the places in the Mitsuwa marketplace do takeout, so you'll have to eat in. There are plenty of tables.
Santoka Ramen (spelled Santouka on some literature)
21515 Western Ave.
Torrance, CA 90501
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