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Mottainai Ramen

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Photograph: Victor Leung
Ramen with miso and buttered corn toppings at Ramen Mottainai
South Bay

With the option to add a “Red Bomb!” or “White Bomb!” to your ramen bowl, it’s hard to not at least consider doing so—go with your instinct and bomb away at this Gardena strip mall ramen joint. The Red Bomb is a packed ball of chiles, while the White Bomb is a thick ball of pork fat and garlic paste, and both literally are flavor bombs for your soup. Other fun additions listed on the anime-themed menu include buttered corn and meat-filled wontons, all of which go especially well with the Sapporo Miso Lover ($7.80).

Venue name: Mottainai Ramen
Address: 1630 W Redondo Beach Blvd
Los Angeles

Venue phone: 310-538-3233
Opening hours: Mon, Wed-Fri 11:30am-2:30pm, 6–11pm; Sat, Sun 11:30am-11pm
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