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This was one of the first ramen bars to catch on in LA, and the owners have expanded beyond Little Tokyo in the last few years. Their signature Daikoku ramen touts a cloudy tonkotsu broth balanced with special blended soy sauce, custom noodles, roasted sliced pork belly chashu, marinated hard-boiled egg, bean sprouts, and sesame seeds. Enrich your bowl with complimentary kotteri (pork fat oil), or keep things light. Daikokuya also has locations in El Monte, Sawtelle, and Monterey Park.
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The dish: spicy miso ramen
The wealth of ramen shops in LA are an obvious indication that Angelenos love this fatty broth-based soup. If all the options leave you overwhelmed, you can’t go wrong with the Granddaddy of LA ramen spots, Daikokuya. Their best-selling item is the rich and creamy Daikoku ramen, but there’s just something about their spicy miso. The pork broth soup comes with a spicy miso base, not too soft and not too chewy noodles, a half-boiled egg, sliced roast pork, bean sprouts, green onions, and bamboo shoots, somehow achieving the perfect combination of slurpy, crunchy, spicy, and savory.