Ramen Monday - Ramen Champ - January 26, 2015

It's Ramen Monday!

Ramen Champ
Grand Opening
January 19, 2015

Don't get me wrong, I like a traditional ramen.
BUT, I do Love a good non-tradtitional ramen too!
See Limited-Edition Ramen at Animal HERE

Chef / Owner Alvin Cailan of Eggslut (Grand Central Market)
opened his ramen outlet in Chinatown's Far East Plaza.
This location may sound familiar with neighbors such as
Roy Choi's Chego and Chef Andy Ricker's Pok Pok Phat Thai.

If you follow me, you know I'm a fan of Eggslut,
read more HERE.

Chef Cailan joins forces with Nathan Asamoto, Johnny Lee,
and Michael Sudjati to create Ramen Champ.

A true ramen shop with 22 counter seats only,
No tables...just like Japan. 

This is how a ramen shop should be!

Similar to ramen shops in Tokyo, Ramen Champ
takes your order before being seated at a counter.
By the time you sit down, your bowls and 
sides start to arrive.

See What Jay Eats...

Condiments on the counter include
sherry vinegar, garlic oil, sriracha oil, and a house-made togarashi. 

 Yuzu Punch

I love yuzu and this had a nice punch
of yuzu and tartness.

 Tako Tots
Potato fritters with octopus and salted cod,
topped with house takoyaki sauce, spicy mayo, chives,
and bonito flakes.

It was a nice touch with mashed potatoes,
gave it a different texture and something I enjoyed.

 Tonkotsu Ramen
with slow cooked chashu (pork), egg, scallions, with radish, 
toasted sesame seeds, and black garlic oil.

All soups are made from scratch using all farm fresh
and free ranged ingredients.

 Chicken Shio

I'm not a traditionalist when it comes to garnishes
and loved the radish and carrots.

The chicken broth was light with chunks of chicken.

Extra Noodles are $1.99

The 3rd ramen is Shiitake Shio (vegetarian) $10.99,
made with shiitake mushrooms and konbu dashi. 

This was the Highlight of the Evening!

I would've been very disappointed if the
egg wasn't perfect, especially since
these guys are from EggSlut.

I was very happy when I saw this
runny soft-boiled egg.

Being in the restaurant industry, I don't like
to form an opinion with a new restaurant,
must give them time to work everything out,
but I did like what's going on here.

If you like more of a traditional bowl of ramen,
this may not be your place.

Great Job and I'll be back!

Far East Plaza
727 N Broadway
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 316-8595

Open from 4pm - 12am

Photos by Jay Terauchi
Jay Eats Worldwide
©Jay Terauchi


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