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The God of Ramen

December 27, 2012
Men Oh Tokushima

Despite LA being a city already overflowing with Japanese eats, when rumours became rife about the opening of new noodle soup spot Men Oh Tokushima, LA’s gourmands began circling, and with good reason.

This story of broth began on the island of Shikoku in the pig-farming region of Tokushima, where the locals used their plentiful pork bones to create a sumptuously rich and silky stock, providing the perfect meaty base for ramen.

With 12 locales across Japan, 2 in San Francisco and this new 29-seat branch in LA’s Little Tokyo, every bowl of Men Oh Tokushima’s still comes crafted from the 100% Berkshire Kurobuta pork bones from their namesake hometown.

While each bowlful is enriched with medium thick, straight and delightfully floury noodles, simmered pork (chashu), a succulent slice of pork belly (butabara) and topped with bamboo shoots, your decision is far from over. Choose from the salt-seasoned Tonkotsu ramen, soy saucy Stamina or the Spicy Tonkotsu with a kick of chilli.

There’s chicken-bone Shoyu for poultry pickers too. Then, customise your bowl further with kaya moyashi (chilli bean sprouts), nama tamago (raw egg) or for the seriously protein-deprived, niku miso (miso-marinated ground pork), with extra-peckish patrons soaking up the excess broth with sides of karaage (Japanese fried chicken), agedashi tofu (fried tofu) and gohan (steamed rice). Hurrah-men!

34308 Alvarado Niles Rd / +1 510 477 9481 / closed Mondays /