The 26 Most Comforting Ramen Joints in LA to Try This Winter
Shin-Sen-Gumi became one of the area’s first breakout ramen stars when it opened in Gardena, partly by providing so much flexibility. A creamy tonkotsu base comes topped with juicy pork chashu, punchy pickled ginger, and scallions, but each bowl is a canvas for customization; you dictate your noodle firmness, soup oil level, and saltiness. From there, Shin-Sen-Gumi provides a choice of over three-dozen bonus toppings, including cod roe, pig ear, and a scoop of borderline dangerous Carolina Reaper pepper paste. Shin-Sen-Gumi also runs LA ramen locations in Rosemead, Alhambra, West LA, Little Tokyo, and Downtown.