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Kouraku Restaurant, Los Angeles, CA » wandering tummie



Sep 12

Kouraku Restaurant, Los Angeles, CA



It’s been years since I took a stroll through Little Tokyo, Japanese Town in Los Angeles. It’s a lot cleaner than China Town, that’s for sure. 😀 And of course, it’s probably the best place to go for sushi and ramen. There are a lot of ramen places to choose, including the one with a mess of people waiting in front. No thanks. There’s plenty others to choose, and, thanks to my friend who lives in the area, we finally sat down at Kouraku Restaurant.

Personally, I wouldn’t pick this place if I were to base my decision on its appearance alone. It looks like an older diner, but I somewhat trust the “A” letter grade on their window and hoped that the food would be good.

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I prefer miso ramen (thick yellowy miso soup base, sometimes spicy) over soy sauce base (clear brownish soup, similar to udon noodle soup base.) And I love chasu, which is basically pieces of fatty pork. So, while skimming through the menu with items I wasn’t familiar with, I just went for the one I was sure I would like – miso chasu ramen. 🙂 I also requested that they add ground pork to my ramen because 2 pieces of chasu pork just weren’t enough meat for me. The ramen bowl also has bamboo shoots, green onions, sesame seeds green onions and a half of a sauteed boiled egg. Overall, the ramen is tasty and flavorful, possibly yummier than Shin Sen Gumi.

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Fried calamari was excellent. Firm and crunchy, just like how I like my squid tentacles! 😀

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Mmm tripe – stirred with bamboo shoots and scallions. Yes, “tripe” sounds gross, and probably doesn’t look very delicious. But everything tastes good when you’re drunk, right? 😉

This place is CASH ONLY. Booo.

Kouraku Restaurant
Downtown, Little Tokyo
314 E 2nd St
Los Angeles, CA 90012


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