333 S. Alameda St. #303
Los Angeles, CA 90013
Little Tokyo Shopping Center - 3F
Last year around this time, I was only 42 posts in to my ramen blogging adventure. And now, thanks mostly to a Foo-Foo October, I give you post #200.
You might be asking yourself why I chose to visit Hanaichimonme (again) for my 200th post. Well it's very simple. Hanaichimonme has been around forever (at least as long as I can remember) and although they might not serve the best ramen in LA, depending on who you ask, they've indeed left a special mark on my childhood. And with the recent sale of the Little Tokyo Shopping Center, I feel that it's more important than ever that WE try to keep the new plaza owners from eliminating those special memories...RIGHT?!!
Hanaichi Ramen: The best ramen in the Little Tokyo Plaza! Okay, so there's not much competition if I put it like that, but it's still a decent bowl in a nostalgic setting that could easily grow on you after a few trips. It's a simple old school shoyu noodle that makes you feel like a kid again--at least that's what it does for me. So before you begin to hate on something that (in your opinion) doesn't measure up to that other place on 1st street, let's just take a step back and remember the simple times in life.
Hakata Ramen: It's not the rich, creamy tonkotsu that you might be used to, but it's a lot lighter and seemingly healthier than the best. The toppings (moyashi, shoga, menma, wakame, negi, sesame seeds) are very average, but it wouldn't be the same without them. The most popular dish on their menu, Spicy Chanpon, also uses this soup as its base.
Manufactured or not, the noodles at Hanaichimonme are worth remembering. I like them a lot and their thin, chewy spaghetti-like texture do nothing but improve anything they touch.
It's been about a week between posts (an interesting week at most) and I'd like to just give a quick thanks to everyone who inquired about my situation with the fires from last weekend. They did come fairly close to my home, but luckily mother nature and the courageous firefighters kept them from spreading. For those that weren't as fortunate, my thoughts are with you and I hope you are all able to overcome this great tragedy.