I could’ve sworn we’ve discussed Daikokuya on FTC, but can’t find the thread.
It is on Sawtelle at Olympic, part of the corner mall anchored by Marshalls. Daikokuya is nestled snugly between Lollipop and Baja Fresh.
Inside it looks like an ancient Japanese dive bar, but instead of beer kegs behind the bar, there are vats of boiling broth.
The Daikokuya Specialty
Tender, fall apart pork with ring of fat that literally melts in your mouth. (Yes, literally.) A pile of chopped green onions, a handful of very fresh bean sprouts, bamboo shoots, and that’s it for toppings. And an egg.
So very custardy. So well bathed.
The noodles were thin, supple and chewy.
The broth was my ideal ramen broth. It tasted umami, not a grease bomb, not a salt bomb, just pure, clean flavor. I tried a spoonful of broth with a little chili oil drizzled on top. Wow. I don’t usually add anything to ramen because I want to taste the broth, but the chili actually made it taste richer and even more of itself. So very good.
Final notes, the ginger on the table was fresh and gingery, not dry or sour or bland, and it also went well with the broth. And I liked the menma! I usually find the flavor and stringy texture off-putting, but this bamboo was chewy and firm and almost mushroomy in taste.
I am very happy with this ramen. I will probably be eating here a lot in the near future.
My favorite part of the menu
2208 Sawtelle Blvd. (at Olympic), West L.A., 90064