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Men Oh Tokushima Ramen

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Photograph: Jakob N. Layman
Tokushima ramen at Men Oh Ramen
Downtown

While Little Tokyo hasn’t had the same influx of new ramen shops that other parts of the city have experienced, you'll still find a new place or two if you look hard enough. Case in point: Men Oh Ramen, tucked away in Honda Plaza. A small shop with a handful of tables and a long bar, Men Oh hails from the Tokushima region of Japan, where the dominant industry is pig farming. Thus, the signature item, the Tokushima Ramen ($8.95), is an unctuous, deeply pork-flavored bowl, with toppings that include not only lovely slices of tender chashu, but also strips of stir-fried butabara pork. Those additions, plus the pork bone and soy sauce-based broth, make this bowl one of the more complex ones in town.

Venue name: Men Oh Tokushima Ramen
Address: 456 E 2nd St
Los Angeles

Venue phone: 213-687-8485
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 11:30am-2:30pm, 5:30-10pm; Sat, Sun 11:30am-10pm
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