|Jinya's Tonkotsu Ramen|
This week's discovery is Jinya Ramen in Studio City! This is my new favorite ramen noodles shop, located in a strip mall in the Valley. This is recession eats at its best (a bowl of broth sells for under $10), and Jonathan Gold is also a fan (read his review here). This place has the sleek feel of a mall eatery, but with the food of a funky, little Tokyo shop. There are lots of indoor and outdoor tables, but on the rainy day I ventured forth for noodles, I opted for indoor seating.
While all their noodle concoctions looked delicious (they even had a few specials), I opted for my favorite style: the Tonkotsu Ramen. The pungent pork broth is amped up with tons of dashi and dried fish. Besides the noodles, the dish comes with Chasu (pork belly), flavored egg, and green onion. Of course, I added such an obscene amount of chili sauce to the concoction that it would have made a porn star blush. The result was satisfying.
For a mere $12.50, I added a green salad and gyoza to my order (which I brought home to Kuzak who was very, very busy watching football).
This shop is a winner. Heck, I might even head out there for lunch today.
11239 Ventura Blvd.
Open Mon.-Sat., 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m. MC, V. No alcohol. Underground-lot parking. Lunch or dinner for two, food only, about $26. Recommended dishes: ramen, gyoza.