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Asahi Ramen

2027 Sawtelle Blvd. (La Grange Ave.) Send to Phone
310-479-2231 | Menu
Folks sometimes line up for Asahi Ramen, a wait justified by huge bowls of bargain-priced, flavorful Japanese soup noodles.

Lunch & Dinner Fri.-Wed.

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Asahi Ramen Restaurant Review

: Get here on the early or late side of lunchtime or you'll likely wind up joining a line waiting to snag one of the dozen or so tables in this tidy restaurant in the heart of the Westside's Little Tokyo strip. Or come during the quieter dinner hours, as we sometimes do. Even a wait is well worthwhile for some of the best, most generous, bargain-priced bowls of Japanese soup noodles around, big enough to share easily but so delicious you'll be reluctant to do so. Huge skeins of slender, chewy-tender ramen noodles are immersed in steaming hot meat broth---plain or enriched with soy sauce or miso. Uniformly high-quality topping combos include sliced Chinese-style barbecued pork, a spicy mabo mixture of tofu and ground pork, light stir-fries of chicken breast or pork with mixed vegetables, and delicate wontons. Don't miss an order of Asahi's gyoza, Japan's take on Chinese potstickers---bite-sized, delicate crescent-shaped dumplings, crispy and browned on one side, stuffed with a succulent seasoned pork mixture. No wonder we never turn away when we encounter a line here.
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