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Tuesday 11 December 2018

Tsujita LA Artisan Noodles

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Not to be outdone by downtown's Little Tokyo, the small area on Sawtelle Blvd with many Japanese businesses became known as Little Osaka. This apparently rubbed the wrong way on the folks that were not specifically from Osaka and eventually the strip was rebranded as Sawtelle Japantown, a decidedly boring name.

Anyone that loves Japanese food, and especially ramen, is supposed to come here to Tsujita or one of its annexes for their famous tsukemen, tonkotsu broth that is simmered for a full 60 hours, sweetened and thickened by seafood. Tsukemen is served as components, you do the addition and subtraction yourself, usually dipping the noodles as you go. If you need more broth, it can be refilled. Ajitama tsukemen (above) is broth with a seasoned soft boiled egg, it is also available plain or with char siu. After you finish your noodles, ask for them to pour in some light broth to the dipping sauce and enjoy the resulting soup on its own.

The standard bowl of tonkotsu ramen (above) is also available here for those that prefer everything at one time.

Compared to a bowl of noodles in Gardena, I find the whole atmosphere here a bit pushy. They do brisk business and to make that happen they need you to eat and leave as quickly as possible.


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