January 18, 2012 1

Tsujita LA (Sawtelle)

By in 12: Sawtelle, Favorite Food Entries

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After reading the glowing review from Jonathan Gold, we know that Tsujita LA is a must-try. Tsujita is a chain from Japan and its first LA outpost is in Sawtelle. At night it’s a chichi Izakaya serving fine Japanese dishes, by day it specializes in Hakata Nagahama Tonkotsu Ramen, ramen with pork broth simmered for 60 hours.

We heard about the huge crowd and long wait so we arrived at 11 am on a Sun morning and got the last table. I was intrigue by the beautiful wood work on the ceiling.

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I love all these sauces and toppings on the table for “enhancement”, even though you don’t really need it.

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The thing to get here is Tsukemen, “dipping ramen” with condensed 60 hour simmered pork broth “sauce”. In the pictures are: Ajitama Tsukemen (with soft yolk flavored egg) and Char siu Tsukemn. You eat the ramen like eating soba with dipping sauce.

The sauce is of course amazing! It has extra seafood flavor compare with the regular soup ramen. It’s very rich, sweeter, more “umami” than the regular soup broth. The noodle is thicker than regular soup one as well, and you can add in a bit of lime for a little extra zing to the taste.

The char siu is very tender thats melt in your mouth, and the soft yolk egg is one of the best I’ve ever had! I think both items are better than Ramen Jinya.

Tsujita LA’s tsukemen is a MUST try. Next time I’ll try their regular soup ramen but I don’t know if I can resist getting tsukemen again.  I’d love to try their fancy Izakaya at dinner time too. Tsujita, along with Ramen Jinya and Yamadaya which I’ll blog next, really raise the bar for ramen in Los Angeles! Again, why are people still queuing at that certain place in Little Tokyo is truly beyond me ^_-.

2057 Sawtelle Blvd, West Los Angeles
(310) 231-7373

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  1. […] LA recently turn into a battlefield for authentic “long-hour-prep broth” ramen, another darling is Ramen Yamadaya. It has 3 other locations, the original from Torrance, one in Culver city and Westwood, and one coming soon at Costa mesa. As soon as you walk in you can read about their special process of how they prepare their pork broth (i.e. Pork bone boil for 20 hours, each bowl of ramen is extracted from 24 oz of pork bone). The interior is more youthful compare to Ramen Jinya and Tsujita LA.  […]