Had a lovely, bracing bowl of ramen for lunch this rainy day at Orochon. Orochon offers you a choice of soy, miso, or salt broth, with variable hotness levels. I don't know what the salt broth is, but I love salty things, so I had that ($7) with added cha-shu and a hard boiled egg ($2 more), at a pretty hot level (a 3, with 1 as hottest and 6 as least, not counting scary bonus hot levels, where I suppose you get extra lives or something for completing the levels). The broth was spicy, not meaty exactly, but a good solid beef broth. Or a pork broth? Orochon advertises that they use 13 spices in the broth, and I buy that. The noodles were appropriately just a bit chewy. Cha-shu was moderately fatty goodness.
Service was friendly. It was crowded, but I was seated within 10 minutes, and this was the lunch rush on a rainy day - big business for them.
I've now tried a few ramen shops in little Tokyo, including Daikokuya and Mr. Ramen, and I like Orochon the best. I think that I didn't get spicy enough ramen at Daikokuya, though, and I need to try it again.
Hurrah to noodles!
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