Monday, August 1, 2011

Ramen Monday - August 1

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Is it Monday Already?


This week is Daikokuya

I headed over to the new Arcadia location, since it's been a long while since I went to Daikokuya. I've been to their Downtown location, but don't feel like hanging out there for a bowl of noodles.

This location is in a food court, near the 99 Ranch Market. I've been there for Won Ton Mein Soup from the takeout side of Full House Seafood Restaurant inside the food court. Now that Daikokuya is there, I've noticed more tables and chairs. The food court is now crowded.


Daikokuya Ramen
Tonkotsu
$7.50 Regular
$4.95 Half


Tonkotsu (pork bones) soup with their secret blended soy sauce, chijire style egg noodles, kurobuta pork belly chashu, marinated boiled egg, bamboo shoots, bean sprouts, green onions, and I added the red ginger.

On the day that I visited, they were out of gyoza (5 pcs. $4.95). Here's what I don't get, they have one soup base. If the noodles take 3 mins max to cook, why does it take 10 minutes to get your order? In Japan, the ramen shops are small and need to move people in and out to make a living. While you wait for a place to sit, your order is placed in line, by the time you sit down, you're served. Guess I'll never understand.

I thought the tonkotsu ramen was OK, not really worth the wait in my book. But I understand the taste and the group they're going after. It's not bad and I would return again if there was no line.



See You Next Monday!




Photo by Jay Terauchi
(c) Kahuna of the Kitchen

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