{ jou eats } santouka ramen in west la

santouka ramen, west la via it's jou life - http://wp.me/p3cljj-7zA Haiku dedicated to a favorite West LA noodle shop.

Title: Santouka Ramen
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Rich hearty pork broth
My version of comfort food
Noodles go slurp, slurp.
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I’m lazy when it comes to making Tonkatsu broth ramen. I’ve actually never tried.

The ramen chefs have much more patience than me when it comes to making soups. It’s an epic process (20 hours!!!) to make their delicious mild, pearl-colored Tonkatsu soup. Something about simmering the pork bones before adding their vegetables, dried fish, kelp and other special ingredients.

Living in West LA, Santouka is the next best thing to Daikokuya in Downtown LA, Hakata in the South Bay and Tsujita in Little Osaka. An affordable place where I am happy to shell $10 for a full meal set. It’s located in the Mitsuwa Japanese grocery market and makes it convenient to shop for Asian groceries and grab a quick-style meal. This is a Cash Only place.

I usually get the Shio Ramen, which comes with pickled plum, noodles, bamboo shoots, jelly fungus (mushroom?) and cha-shu. The cha-shu may be on the fatty side and the soup may be on the oilier side, but it unarguably makes it tastier.

Slurp away !!!

Santouka (3760 S Centinela Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90066) (310) 391-1101. Located in Mitsuwa market, along Centinela x Venice Blvd.

{ jou eats } mochi cream in torrance

The hunt is over.

Finally found Mochi Cream in So Cal! I first had Mochi Cream from a friend that purchased these delights in SF and I’ve been searching for them ever since. This Mochi Cream store is located in the Torrance Mitsuwa Japanese market. I’ve always been a fan these Japanese sticky rice delights. Traditionally, they are made of mochi rice and pounded into a paste and molded into various shapes, usually round. It became mainstream in the American market with mochi ice cream.

Back to Mochi Cream… these little guys are imported frozen from Japan and have excellent texture, taste and flavors. It takes about 15 minutes to thaw out and is ready to consume. They are $1.80 each and come in dozens of flavors like Sakura, Red Bean, Green Tea, Double Mango Cream, Mocha, Black Sesame, among others.

My favorites:
{ Double Mango Cream } Mango-flavored mochi filled with mango concentrate and cream. This left me wanting more.
{ Black Sesame } Black sesame-infused mochi filled with black sesame paste and cream.
{ Green Tea } Green tea flavored mochi filled with green tea paste and cream, all coated in matcha green tea powder. A bit messy because the powder tends to blow everywhere, but delicious!

I saw they also had donut shaped ones in the display case! I’ll have to make another trip out to Torrance…

Mochi Cream Torrance (21515 Western Ave., Torrance, CA 90501). Located in the Mitsuwa Japanese market.mochi cream

{ photo: jennifer’s iPhone }