Restaurants

Tsujita Annex on Halloween Night

I wanted to go to West Hollywood to see the Halloween Parade. But we didn’t because he was wiped out from heavy work. We went to have a relatively new ramen shop instead that his friend recommended.

There were already 4-5 groups waiting outside when we arrived. The restaurant was pretty small with probably 20-25 seats. After 30-35 minute wait, we finally got in. No wait for food because they take orders while you wait.

The ramen we got was not what I expected. Noodle is way too thick like udon. Broth is oily and heavy. Most disappointing was bamboo shoot and green onion doesn’t come with it. You could order bamboo shoot as extra, but they don’t serve green onion at all. Since the ramen is so heavy, fresh green onion could balance it out. Even cilantro might work as well.

Anyway, is this my favorite? No. It is interesting to try a different taste once, but I don’t think we will go back anytime soon. I am not saying it doesn’t taste good. I think a lot of young guys would love it.

However, I am curious about their tsukemen, dipping noodle. Noodle is much thinner and shinier, so it is more likely my type.

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ramen with soft boiled egg regular size $9.95

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fatty tonkotsu soup with a perfectly boiled egg

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Tsujita Annex
2050 Sawtelle Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90025
(310) 231-0222
http://tsujita-la.com/annex.html
$
★★

Event, Restaurants

Kimukatsu, Culver City

We celebrated our friend’s birthday here per his request.
No alcohol license yet. Automatically no toast for birthday.

I heard their pork cutlet are very popular in Japan.
They are standing out with a new method to make cutlets by slicing pork thin and stacking pieces into 25 layers.

Actually, that is what I do to make port cutlets too.
It is just because I can’t cook thick pork filet or tenderloin properly.
In this way, I am always successful.

My husband says, “yours is better.” How sweet!

We all feel it is a little overpriced.
Katsu is everyday food, so we don’t want to spend more than $20 for it.

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We ordered katsu with 6 different flavors. I don’t remember all, but plain, black pepper, shiso & grated daikon and tartar sauce were good. Demi-glace sauce one is surprisingly tasty too.

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Do you see layers?

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Best part is rice. I took leftover home.

Kimukatsu
4130 Sepulveda Blvd Ste B
Culver City, CA 90230
(310) 876-1436
http://kimukatsu.com/kimukatsu_eng/culver.html
$$
★★

My Cooking

Japanese Traditional Meal

I try to cook more traditional Japanese dishes to replace meat to veggies and fish. Of course, it is healthier. The problem is my husband does not look happy about it. He loves pizza, pasta, burgers and chicken. I need to be creative for him to enjoy healthier food.

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fried calamari, oden(fish cake, egg, daikon), celery, quinoa rice, tofu & veggie miso soupIMG_3612
grilled fish, edamame omelet, grated daikon, quinoa rice and tofu & veggie miso soup