Le Shrimp

Costa Mesa
Ramen Restaurant

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Despite its Orange County zip code, this excellent eatery deserves an honorary mention on our list. Owned by the same Singapore-based food empire as Paradise Dynasty, a legendary restaurant that opened its first stateside location at South Coast Plaza along with neighboring Le Shrimp Ramen, this place marries Chinese and Japanese flavors to create a distinctive, new style of ramen. Fresh, large shrimp are baked and ground into a fine paste before simmering with pork bones and Chinese spices—like star anise, cinnamon, clove, and white peppercorn—for more than eight hours, yielding a rich broth with a savory, smoky aroma. While shrimp is clearly the star of the show (toppings include whole prawns or prawn-based meatballs and wontons made in house), there’s also an array of tantalizing sides, including silken tofu, golden-crisp egg rolls, crispy chicken cutlets, and more.
How to order: Dine-in only.

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