Friday, April 11, 2014

Tokushima Style Ramen at MenOh

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I was introduced to Tokushima style ramen at the 2014 Los Angeles Ramen Yokocho.  Tonight, I stopped in at MenOh in Torrance to see their latest location, other location is Little Tokyo.  Tokushima style ramen is a creamy shoyu (soy sauce in Japanese) tonkotsu (rich pork broth).  

MenOh is in the old Kushikatsu Dining Horon location in the Nijiya Plaza off of 182nd and Van Ness in Torrance.  I never tried the ramen at Dining Horon, I always had the kushikatsu (deep fried skewers) there.

See What Jay Eats...

The Famous Tokushima Style Ramen

What I liked about this bowl, it comes with
two different kinds of pork, sliced pork belly
and a braised chashu.  The broth had
a smokey flavor to it.

If you want to enjoy it the popular way in Japan,
 try adding a raw egg.
You can substitute with a raw pasteurized egg for $0.50.

What else is on the menu? 

5 pcs

Enjoyed the gyoza, but I've been
eating more Chinese dumplings lately tho...

OH! What's this? 

 Tori Shio Ramen

A white chicken salt flavored ramen.

Good Flavor!

Enjoyed this one, but I do like chicken.

New ramen broths coming to MenOh.

Stay Tuned...

2141 182nd Street
Torrance, CA 90504
(310) 515-6147

MenOh Tokushima Ramen Little Tokyo
456 E 2nd Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 687-8485

Read my 2014 Los Angeles Ramen Yokocho post HERE

Photo by Jay Terauchi
Jay Eats Worldwide
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Sunday, April 6, 2014

The Noodle Epilogue: Los Angeles Ramen Yokocho 2014

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If you've followed my ramen adventure last week, you knew that I attended the 2014 Los Angeles Ramen Yokocho at Santa Anita Park.  I was able to sample 8 different bowls of ramen, run into friends, see horse racing, and had a lot of noodles.

Tsujita Tokyo

One of my favorites of the day

This year's Ramen Yokocho was with
the "Tokyo City Cup" event at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia.

Before the gates opened at 11 am, there was already a line.

If you arrived early, the lines were pretty short
at the popular ramen vendors. 

Lots of boiling pots of ramen stock and noodles.

It was a day filled with lots of noodles
and tonkotsu ramen (pork broth).

If you missed my post, read it HERE.

@BackyardBite, see her post HERE.
watch her Tastemade video HERE.

@KristieHang, read her post HERE.

@TammyLaLaLand, see her Tastemade video HERE

It's now a week later, it was time to have some noodles.
It was after the Sunday lunch rush and no line, no waiting.

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Hakata Ramen at Shin Sen Gumi.

Extra Ginger Please... 

If you've never been to Shin Sen Gumi, 
they greeting you as you walk in,
they shout out your order, and thank you when you leave.  
When you sit down,you are given a menu and an order sheet.
(BTW, there is only one style of soup base here)  
You're asked how you would like your noodles cooked, 
the strength of the soup base, 
how much oil you would like, 
and if you don't want any of the basic condiments to note it 
(ginger, green onions, and sesame seeds).

You do get slices of chashu pork, but can order other items
at an additional charge.

I check off "Normal" for all of them and write in "Extra Ginger."

You're served your bowl of Hakata Style Ramen,

As you're finishing your noodles, the servers will
ask if you'd like an extra noodle 

I opted for the "extra" noodle for 95 cents.

Of course I asked for more ginger...

But you already know this if you follow
me on Instagram.


Fountain Valley
Gardena (2)
Little Tokyo
West Los Angeles

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Jay  Eats Worldwide
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Saturday, April 5, 2014

Horse Thief BBQ at Grand Central Market

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I love BBQ, although I don't have it that often.  After visiting places in the Midwest and South, it's hard to have good BBQ in Southern California.  Yes, we have tri-tip, baby back ribs, chicken, etc., but not many places here actually smoke meats.  We don't have brisket like in Texas, until Horse Thief BBQ opened that is...

Horse Thief BBQ is just outside of Downtown Los Angeles' Grand Central Market, just South of the Hill Street entrance.  On a nice day, it's great to have BBQ outdoors.

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1/2 lb Brisket

Nice smoke ring and bark.

One of the best briskets I've had West of Texas.

Spare Ribs

Had a nice crust on the outside and flavor.

Pulled Pork Sandwich

Great pulled pork too

Mac n Cheese

I love mac and cheese with bbq.

Blue Cheese Potato Salad

If you like blue cheese, you'll love this salad

Pulled Pork Sandwich Combo
with two sides and
pickles & onions

Loved that the BBQ comes with house-made pickles 
and onions and served on paper.

Brisket Taco
with red onions, jalapeƱos, and crema
on a flour tortilla.
(Daily Special)

1/4 lb Brisket
with a small Mac n Cheese

Scored some of the point and got
some fatty slices.

Since they opened in July 2013, I've been about a dozen times.  They have great brisket and love the pulled pork sandwich too.  But I do go for the brisket, IMO one of the best West of Texas.  Horse Thief BBQ has outdoor seating, which seems to have more and more people each time I visit.  If you go, look for me having brisket or a pulled pork sandwich...

Horse Thief BBQ
Grand Central Market
324 S Hill Street
Los Angeles, CA 90013
(213) 625-0341

11 am - 4 pm
(unless they sell out early)

Photos by Jay Terauchi
Jay Eats Worldwide

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

April is National Food Month 2014

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April is National Food Month!

I thought I'd share some food favorites from
the last year.

I only picked a few, otherwise it would
take months to post.

See What Jay Eats...
Click on the highlight for more information 

Stewed Beef Noodles
San Gabriel and Monrovia

Bowl of noodles (choice of meats) and
5 dumpling combo for $7.00

See post HERE

Char Siu Avocado Sandwich
Bachan's Takeout

They have 4 tables of 4 only, small place.
Otherwise, the food is good.

Bacon Bread Pudding
Sherman Oaks

A custard dessert bakery with lots of
goodies and items to try.

My friend, Catherine Toth's post HERE

Keizo Shimamoto's Original Ramen Burger
Los Angeles Pop-up

The Original Ramen Burger by Keizo Shimamoto

See my post HERE

Sausage, Egg, and Cheese Sandwich
Los Angeles

They know how to cook an egg,
nuff said...

See my post HERE

Beef on Weck
Los Angeles

Beef on Weck  $4.95
Choice roast beef, slow roasted over 10 hours.
Served on a Caraway & Sea Salt Bun

Save room for Frozen Custard

Beef Brisket
Los Angeles

The best brisket West of Texas

See my post HERE

Lemon Meringue "Pie" Bruxie
Six Southern California Locations

I really loved this Lemon Meringue "Pie" Bruxie!

Other good savory and sweet waffle menu offerings.

Nem Nuong Cuon
Brodard Restaurant
Garden Grove

This is a must order!
Full Vietnamese menu

See my post HERE

8 Flavors of Pork Belly
Palsaik Korean BBQ
Los Angeles

If you like Korean BBQ and pork belly,
you need to try this place.
Order the Palsaik set menu with 8 different
 flavors of pork and seafood stew for $49.95.

See my post HERE

Maw 'N Paw Popcorn

Since I don't get out to Garrett's Popcorn in Chicago
often enough AND they don't have a location in
Southern California, I was introduced to 
this Orange County gem.

My favorites are the Original Zebra Chocolate
and Chicago Korn.

These are just some of my favorite food finds
for the past year.

What places have you found this year?

Thanks for following...

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Saturday, March 29, 2014

Los Angeles Ramen Yokocho 2014

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March 29 - 30, 2014
Santa Anita Park
Japan Cup and Japan Family Day

March is National Noodle Month!
What a way to end the month...

Few will believe that there is actually a food festival for Ramen in the U.S.  This was the second year in Los Angeles and the largest ramen festival in the U.S.  14 ramen vendors from Japan, Las Vegas, San Diego, San Jose, and Los Angeles converged on Santa Anita Park in Arcadia on a sunny Saturday to begin this 2 day noodle fest.  I attended the 1st Los Angeles Ramen Yokocho in Torrance, IMO it was the wrong venue, but the ramen was good.

Santa Anita Park is a great location, not just for 626 Night Market, but the infield venue was larger than I thought.  Today it was filled with boiling pots of broths, some taking up to 20 hours to make, and lots of fresh noodles.  Growing up, I often think of the dried packages of noodles and in 45 seconds, ramen is ready.  Today, we have gourmet ramen vendors creating magic with pork bones, noodles and red ginger.  OK, if you follow me on Instagram, you know I ask for extra ginger at Shin-Sen-Gumi.

But today, I'm at Santa Anita Park for the 2014 Los Angeles Ramen Yokocho!

*Photo by Kristie Hang
I guess you can tell who the STAR is in this photo, right?

See What Jay Eats...

Tonkotsu Miso Ramen
San Diego

Loved the seasoned egg!

My visit to Tajima Ramen HERE

Ran into @backyardbite

Read her post HERE

Lots of stock pots on the burners

Expecting about 10,000 friends over for ramen?

Tonkotsu with Chicken and Vegetable Stock
Las Vegas

I remembered them from last year
and just as good!

Stopped to watch the traditional tea ceremony

One question, where's the boba?
j/k, pls no DMs

Ran into my friend Matt
from MEN-OH
with the Famous Tokushima Ramen.

The famous Tokushima Ramen,
a creamy shoyu tonkotsu

@KristieHang is back from Hong Kong
in time for Ramen Yokocho 2014

Read Kristie's post HERE

Propane burners aplenty...

Signature Tonkotsu
with a broth of whole chicken and chicken feet.
San Jose

Yes, there were lines...

BUT, I do have to say this is a better venue than last year.
Plenty of parking, bathroom facilities, other food,
and room to find a seat or sit in the grass and enjoy
the beautiful San Gabriel mountains.

The Fusion Ramen
Las Vegas

Just a bit too much garlic for my taste.

Lots of water needed for the noodles.
It was funny hearing the cooks mentioning
the different cooking times.

Sorry, not sharing any secrets...

Before I share my favorites,
there was horse racing too...

Let me first say that I enjoyed all 8 of the ones that I tried,
 but these were my 3 favorites of the day
(not in any order)


#1 in Kyushu
with a signature chashu

Tsujita Tokyo
Los Angeles

If you live in Los Angeles, you know what I mean...

Toyama Black Mapo Ramen
Mattou Seimen

I liked this one, maybe because it wasn't tonkotsu.
It was a bit spicy, but not hot.  It had ground pork (my guess)
and I'm a sucker for a green onion stalk and love bean sprouts.

See the @backyardbite's Tastemade video

What I learned today...
I need to get a big screen!

Actually, the ramen was good today.
I wish there was more of a ramen variety by the vendors.
Tonkotsu still seems to be the flavor of the moment.

The event planners did a better job on the 2nd year,
just ask 626 Night Market how their 1st year went?
I'm sure next year will even be better!

Kenichi Ota

Have chopsticks, 
Will travel for Ramen!

Checkout @TammyLaLaLand 2014 Ramen Yokocho Tastemade video HERE

Read my 2013 Los Angeles Ramen Yokocho post

Photos by Jay Terauchi
*Photo by Kristie Hang
Jay Eats Worldwide