Jinya Ramen Bar

Restaurants , Japanese Studio City
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Jinya Ramen Bar
Photograph: Courtesy Ramen Jinya
Tonkotsu ramen at Ramen Jinya

It seems as though you can't drive in any direction in LA without stumbling upon at least one ramen joint boasting about its tonkotsu broth—pork bones simmered for hours to create a viscous soup. Despite all the new shops spouting up in the city, one of the earliest tonkotsu specialists is still the best. Jinya offers a full slate of pork-based ramen, all of which smack strong with not only pork, but also what someone there might tell you is an "industrial" amount of dashi (Japanese soup base) and dried fish. Purists can order the Tonkotsu Original ($8.55) to appreciate the remarkable umami of this soup. For the adventurous, there’s the Tonkotsu Red ($10.55), which takes its name from the daunting amount of red chili oil liberally applied to the broth.

Venue name: Jinya Ramen Bar
Address: 11239 Ventura Blvd
Los Angeles

Opening hours: Sun-Thu 11am-10pm; Fri, Sat 11am-11pm
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