Posted on | April 4, 2010 | No Comments
No trip to LA would be complete for me without at least one bowl of good ramen. This time, I wanted to try Asa, a tiny, unmarked ramen-ya near my parents’ house. I’d heard the kotteri shoyu ramen was the specialty, so that’s what I ordered. Kotteri roughly translates to ‘heavy or rich’, which perfectly describes the tonkatsu broth. Oily, meaty, umami. The noodles are hosomen… thin and slightly al dente, much like Hakata or Santouka ramen. Along with the noodles came two slices of extremely rich, tender tonkatsu pork; some of the best I’ve had. We also ordered the cold tofu and fried rice; both more than acceptable versions of ramen sides, but the noodles are definitely the star here. If you love rich, hearty broths, this is definitely the ramen for you!
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