Happy Holidays! On Christmas Eve, I headed to Little Tokyo in Downtown Los Angeles for ramen and ice cream while catching up with some high school friends. We went to Ramen Maruya located in the Japanese Village. This is one of my favorite restaurants for ramen, and there is never a long wait around noon. I ordered their spicy tonkotsu ramen. Toppings includes thinly sliced pork charshu, boiled egg, bean sprouts, nori, green onions, and spicy sauce.
Sunday is usually my stay-at-home day – cleaning, watching shows, and cooking. But on this day, I had a strong craving for Japanese ramen – probably from watching so many ramen videos on YouTube. So, when a friend asked in our group chat if we wanted all-you-can-eat sushi, most of us were unavailable. So, I suggested ramen since it would only be us two going out to eat. Of course, planning last minute we went to our usual spot, Shinsengumi Hakata Ramen.
I ordered my ramen with extra bean sprouts, a soft-cooked egg (onsen tamago), and spicy miso paste.
After we went to Macchiato in Monterey Park. We were lucky enough to get the last open table – there are many high school and college students studying in this cafe. I ordered my favorite Potted Plant Macchiato, which is made of coffee and cream, and topped with whipped cream and Oreo. This is one of my favorite drinks, and I always recommend this when I bring my friends.
My dog is the most tired on Sundays. He had a long weekend at my parents house barking at all the neighborhood cats. When we’re back at my apartment, he’s instantly a couch potato.
Gudetama is a popular Sanrio character that was introduced in 2013. He is a lazy egg yolk with no energy, and hard to motivate. His simple character and design ultimately became one of my favorite Sanrio characters, and when I found out Curry House will be collaborating with Gudetama, I knew I wanted to try it.
Lately, I told myself that I should try new dishes instead of always ordering something that I’ve had many times. When I went to Midoh Japanese Kitchen, I wanted to order the Tonkatsu or the Hamburg Steak. But ultimately, I decided to try one of their udon dishes because life is too boring to not try. I ordered their Vongole Udon made with white wine, butter, garlic, clams, and black pepper. This dish is good! I’m really glad that I took the chance to try it out. The seasoning was perfect, and it doesn’t feel heavy or greasy, despite all the butter. The clams had the most flavor, and I’m surprised with the number of clams that was in this dish. I would definitely order this again.
The udon comes with a side of miso soup or corn soup, and salad. Out of habit, I asked for Miso soup, but the waiter asked me, “have you tried our corn soup?” and I haven’t. Going with what our waiter said would be a good soup choice for the udon, I ordered their corn soup. I’m being adventurous by trying something new haha. The corn was very smooth, not too sweet, and not too milky. I liked it, but it’s not something I prefer.
On the side, I ordered Takoyaki! One of my favorite Japanese snack/street food. ‘Tako’ means octopus in and ‘yaki’ means to fry or grill. It’s a popular ball-shape snack made with wheat flour batter, and usually filled with diced octopus, pickled ginger, and green onions. Topped with Japanese mayonnaise, takoyaki sauce, green laver, and dried bonito flakes.
After, my sister, her boyfriend, and I went to Cha for Tea to for Almond Milk Tea. This is the only place where my sister’s boyfriend and I like Almond Milk Tea. We’ve tried this drink at other boba shops, and we have yet to find a good one other than Cha for Tea. Also, this drink taste even better when it’s hot. We look like idiots walking out with hot drinks into 90 degrees Fahrenheit weather (32 degrees Celsius). He also has blog, so check it out: Traveling with Tech, he’s great at photography.
As the weather is cooling down, one of my favorite food to eat during the fall/winter is Japanese ramen. I prefer going out to eat ramen around this time of year because my usual go-to ramen restaurants are small, cramped, and usually crowded. During summer, these ramen shops gets pretty hot inside, so fall/winter is ideal for me. I’ve been eating at Hakata Shin-Sen-Gumi Ramen ever since I entered college, and every time my sister and I went in the evening, the staff recognized us right away – we used to go 2-3 times a month up until before we graduated. The last time I went to Shinsengumi was back in May of 2016 after attending The GazettE Concert.
On this day, I went during lunch, and ordered my favorite J Set meal which comes with a regular size ramen, and Beef & Rice Bowl. I also ordered a poach egg and spicy miso paste as an add-on to my ramen.
On Sunday, my sister and a friend wanted to go shopping. It was one of those days where I wanted to stay home all day in my pajamas, but I realized I need to step out of the house a bit. I actually stayed home all-day on Saturday (in my PJs) as well haha. For lunch, we decided on sashimi/poke bowls at M.Y.O Sushi. I ordered a salmon sashimi bowl – comes with some shredded cabbages, kale, cucumbers, and avocado. There is also a side of miso soup, deep fried sweet potato, a small salad with light mayo, and edamame.
After, I stopped by for some almond milk tea – it was okay.
This past weekend, I was craving hamburger steak, so I decided to go to a Japanese restaurant called Midoh Japanese Kitchen in Rowland Heights. When you hear ‘Japanese Restaurant,’ most people assume it’s sushi. This restaurant, however, doesn’t sell sushi – they have Hamburger Steak, Tonkatsu dishes, Curry, Udon, and many more. There was a long wait because they were short on staff, but in the meantime, it’s nice to watch some Hayao Miyazaki movies while you wait.
Their Hamburger Steak comes in the hot skillet during dinner time. I went to Midoh for lunch, so it’s served on a normal plate. The patty is made of pork and beef, and cooked well-done. It comes with rice, and some potato wedges, steamed carrots, and string beans on the side. You also get a small salad, and your choice of miso soup or corn soup. You also have four different sauces to choose from – Demi-glace, Onion, Teriyaki, and Ponzu. I went with the ponzu sauce.