MEN OH Tokushima Ramen (Dose of Vitamin P)

Ramen Los Angeles

If you’re looking for a ramen house that’s detail oriented, with employees that can rattle off the origin of each ingredient and can espouse on how long pork bones boil to yield a pedigreed broth, the freshly minted franchise of MEN OH in Little Tokyo’s Honda Plaza probably isn’t the place for you. Still, what they lack in mastery, they make up for with sheer porcine force.

MEN OH Tokushima Ramen ($8.95) relies on ramen tradition based in the town of Tokushima on Japan’s Shikoku Island, evidently a center for pig farming. Their signature ramen features a cloudy, savory and umami-rich broth crafted from Kurobuta pork bones and soy sauce. The spaghetti-like noodles, produced off-site to the MEN OH maven’s specifications, support a hefty slab of butabara (stir-fried pork belly), seared bulgogi-like chashu (simmered pork), thick-cut menma (bamboo shoots), green onions and ajitama (seasoned boiled egg) that has a lightly runny yolk. MEN OH’s broth doesn’t bring much subtlety, but if you like pork, the first Los Angeles branch (with Torrance on the way) is still worth visiting.

Dose of Vitamin P spotlights my favorite pork dish from the previous week.

Address: 456 East 2nd Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012

MEN OH Tokushima Ramen (Dose of Vitamin P)

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