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Spotlight: Daikokuya in Alhambra
Before Daikokuya existed, the only ramen I ate were the Nissen’s or Maruchan’s instant noodles. My favorite flavor was the shrimp; followed by the chicken. This was a common thing to eat in childhood. I remember my mom would sometimes “dress” it up by adding items like romaine lettuce, a cracked egg, and slices of char siu (bbq pork) that she picked up from a Chinese restaurant. Mostly though, I liked mine with several splashes of Tapatillo along with a yellow chili pepper.
It was around 2011 (or was it 2012?) when I tried Daikokuya for the first time. Heck, it was the first time to eat a non-prepackaged ramen. To simply put it, Daikokuya blew me away. I never knew ramen could be such a sophisticated meal. I loved the complex flavors, the thinly sliced pork, the finely chopped green onions, loaded sesame seeds, and the soft-boiled egg. And even though at the time it was my first experience in eating the “real” thing, it also felt really familiar. It easily brought back memories of the ramen my mom made during my youth.
I tried a couple dozen of ramen joints, but Daikokuya is still my favorite and it has multiple locations. I typically resort to the one in Monterey Park because the line in L.A’s location appears to be endless. My most favorite thing to order is the Spicy Miso Ramen- it is heavenly. Before I forget to mention, they have killer rice bowls. Click here to see my Yelp review.