It’s no question that the Japanese cuisine is a favourite amongst our family. Knowing how much us Aussies enjoy it, my cousin Mr. T took us to one of his favourite places to have ramen in his home town, Los Angeles.
It’s recommended we get in early as there’s limited seating and gets rather busy for lunch service. It’s a weekday, doors have yet to opened and there’s already a line. I guess that already tells you something.
The ordering is left to Mr. T as he is the regular and the local. He orders us all the same thing – tsukemen (also known as dipping noodles), where the ramen and broth is served separately.
Char Siu Tsukemen $13.95 USD with ajitama (egg) $1 and nori (seaweed) $1
The ramen noodles are cooked to perfection. Cooked through whilst still bouncy and retaining a bite – just the way I like it.
The tonkotsu broth is simmered for up to 60 hours! It’s thick, it’s flavoursome, it’s amazing, no really, uhhhhh-maayyyyyyy-zingggggggg. The char siu is so tender that it melts in the mouth. Some pieces had extra fatty bits and oh, it was delicious.
My ramen looking spruced up after some complimentary pickled ginger, chilli powder and cracked sesame. What a beauty.
The inside of the ajitama (seasoned boiled egg). It was perfect! I need not say any more.
I wish I had a photo of how it was eaten. The noodles are dipped in the bowl of tonkotsu broth and then eaten. Towards the end of the meal, we poured the broth over the remaining noodles to create a proper soup dish. Extra broth is available upon request, for more dipping or purely drinking purposes. Either way, it was the bomb-diggity!!
The quality of the food served is incredible, and although the portion looks average sized, it definitely fills you up to full capacity, well it did for me.
I’ve yet to experience anything like this in Sydney. If you know of any places, be sure to do let me know as I would love to try it out!
Tsujita LA Artisan Noodle
2057 Sawtelle Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90025