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Daikokuya: Decoding the Art of Perfect Ramen

Under the bustling neon lights of Little Tokyo lies Daikokuya, an unassuming casual eatery offering what might just be the holy grail of Tonkotsu Ramen. With several LA locations, it’s the Downtown haunt that’s stolen our hearts, and our forks (er, chopsticks). This is where you find the perfect bowl of Ramen - where gastronomy meets craftsmanship in a bowl of sinfully creamy broth.


A symbol of Japanese comfort food, Tonkotsu Ramen is a royal feast, and Daikokuya pays it due homage. The base of the experience is the broth - a milky masterpiece of flavors derived from hours of boiling pork bones to extract every ounce of creamy, collagen-infused goodness. The result? A broth that’s bold and rich, brimming with flavors that range from umami to slightly sweet, with a depth that truly sets it apart.


We opt for Chicken in our Tonkotsu, daring to stray from the conventional pork pathway. The chicken, like the traditional pork, becomes a canvas, taking on the decadent notes of the broth and the aromatic whispers of garlic, sesame, and soy.


Sadly, the dining experience is akin to a bustling train station, the staff hustling with a focus on seat turnover, rather than the leisurely enjoyment of their patrons. However, the lure of their Ramen is undeniable. It’s the sort of dish that commands long waits and early arrivals - a testament to its divine allure.


So, ramen devotees and novices alike, Daikokuya is an adventure worth embarking upon. A stellar 4 out of 5 forks, Daikokuya’s Tonkotsu Ramen truly is a marvel in a bowl. But don’t just take our word for it - take a fork, or chopsticks, and dive in.



Tonkotsu Ramen at Daikokuya (with added egg)
Tonkotsu Ramen at Daikokuya (with added egg)

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