Address: 6801 Hollywood Blvd #317, Los Angeles, CA 90028
Ramen: Spicy Miso Tonkotsu with Egg & Black Garlic Oil
REVIEW: Choose your broth! Choose your noodle! Choose your topping! If someone told me that there was decent fast food Ramen out there I would have laughed, I did laugh but then they told me it was a Jinya joint and I said “I’m in”. Jinya Ramen Express is exactly how it sounds, your Ramen, their quality, done quickly and I gotta admit, it’s pretty tasty. I went for the Spicy Miso Tonkotsu broth (thick, rich, flavorful), the thin noodles, extra green onion & cilantro (fresh flavors), ground pork (love the texture), corn (my fave), black garlic oil (an extra level of rich flavor) and some additional spice paste (to kick the whole thing up a notch). To top it all off, they do a killer Egg! I was shocked at how well and how quickly it all came together, the multitude of flavors were all great, anchored by a solid multi-leveled, tasty broth. I would highly recommend this Express Ramen bar and I will definitely return next time I am in Hollywood!
Description: Rich tonkotsu based miso broth topped with chasu, ground pork, negi, lettuce leaf, chili paste, and a lemon slice.
Price: 950 Yen
REVIEW: Started in 1977 Ginza ABC Ramen has been quite popular for a long time. The first thing I have mentioned when showing anyone the picture below, is to ignore the lettuce and lemon slice. The have no bearing on the dish itself. The actual broth and noodles are really solid and have a great flavor. With the chili paste mixed into the soup it had a nice punch and great garlicky/chili flavor that complemented the miso brother quite nicely. Noodles are handmade on site and were really well done. The place itself is a dive and really does not show off how good the ramen actually is so don’t be scared when you first walk in and feel like turning around and heading out. The food is great.
Description: Blend of miso based tonkotsu soup with marinated ground pork, chasu, negi (green onions), seaweed, chili oil, cayenne pepper strings, and seasoned boiled egg.
Price: 1,190 Yen
REVIEW: Ramen Iroha’s version of Tantanmen had an amazing robust flavor and super fresh ingredients. The noodles were perfectly cooked and the portion was just right. As this is one of my favorite types of ramen I was very happy with my choice. As expected it was nice and spicy with some good hits of heat from the cayenne pepper strings. The fresh crunchy negi strings really added a great balance to the spice as well. Only complaint was that it was a bit too oily for my liking, but it didn’t really take away from the overall dish.