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Wako Donkasu

2904 W Olympic Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90006

(213) 387-9256

 
 
 
I first heard about Wako Donkasu when my sister told me that there’s a place in LA, where you can grind up your own sesame sauce for the tonkatsu, just like in Japan.  So I couldn’t pass it up. Tonkatsu / donkasu is the Japanese / Korean word for fried pork chop.  Those of you who aren’t into pork, there’s also chicken cutlet, fish and steak (all of which are fried in the breaded batter).  There are two Wako Donkasu locations, both of which are downtown.  I’ve only been to the Olympic location and it was relatively easy to find parking.  The restaurant itself is able to accommodate large parties, and is nicely decorated inside.
 
The tonkatsu portions here are pretty big and juicy – just the way I like it!  And I like that you can grind up your own sesame to make your own sauce.  The more sesame the better for my tonkatsu!  Prices range from $10-12 for tonkatsu, and two dollars more for the combos.
 
The store front
 
 
 
Grind up your sesame first, in the mortar and pestle.  Add your desired amount of sesame
 
Then add in the tonkatsu sauce and mix!
 
The meal also comes with some banchan – spicy radish and jalapenos
 
The tonkatsu meal comes with miso soup, cabbage salad and rice  $9.95
 
The highlight – the tonkatsu is crunchy, juicy and there wasn’t too much breading.  Yum!  Especially with the sauce!
 
For those of you who are big eaters, the combo is the way to go!  The udon combo with the katsu is only $12.95!  It comes with the tonkatsu, 1 fried shrimp, potato croquette, and the huge bowl of udon.
 

Jinya – Ramen Bar

2208 Sawtelle Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90025
Neighborhood: West Los Angeles

(310) 481-0977

 
 
 
This is probably my current favorite ramen place around the Sawtelle/Olympic area.  Tops Tsujita in my opinion.  I’ve been waiting since last September (when it was supposed to open) ’til June (when they finally opened) to try it.  Why, you ask?  Because Jinya is listed as one of the best ramen places in LA by LA Weekly.  I went on a Saturday for lunch, and surprisingly there was not much of a wait (maybe because they just opened so not many people knew about it).  It’s located in the same shopping plaza as Starbucks, Champagne Bakery and Marshall (which has the parking structure), so parking was pretty easy.
 
 
 
 
You can add $4-$5 to your ramen to make it a combo.  So I added the crispy chicken (karaage) and salad for an extra $4.  These came ahead of the ramen.  The chicken was nice and flavorful and crispy, yet still juicy.  I like!
 
Tonkotsu spicy – you can choose the level of spiciness.  It’s pork broth with chunks of pork chashu, cabbage and spicy bean sprouts.  It’s pretty thick broth, but good spicy flavor.  $8.55
 
Jinya tonkotsu – pork broth with pork chashu, spinach, cabbage, dried seaweed and fried onion.  It also comes with the seasoned egg on the side.  The broth is milky white, which means they’ve cooked it for a LONG time.  Rich broth but didn’t taste greasy.  Yummm…  $9.55
 
Close up of the pork chashu – I thought it was going to taste fatty, but it was melt-in-your-mouth goodness!!!  I wonder how they cook the chashu…
 
Tonkotsu original – the only difference between this and the Jinya tonkotsu (as far as I can tell) is the seaweed and seasoned egg.  So if you like your ramen with an egg, go for the Jinya tonkotsu.  $8.55
 
I see the recent yelp reviews haven’t been too kind to this place, so will have to make another trip soon to get a more accurate review!
 
UPDATE:  Went back on 9/8/12 for a second visit, this time for dinner.  It was as good as the first time.  I ordered the curry with the ramen this time, and the curry was also really good!

Jinya – Ramen Bar [Now Closed]

2208 Sawtelle Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90025
Neighborhood: West Los Angeles

(310) 481-0977

This is probably my current favorite ramen place around the Sawtelle/Olympic area.  Tops Tsujita in my opinion.  I’ve been waiting since last September (when it was supposed to open) ’til June (when they finally opened) to try it.  Why, you ask?  Because Jinya is listed as one of the best ramen places in LA by LA Weekly.  I went on a Saturday for lunch, and surprisingly there was not much of a wait (maybe because they just opened so not many people knew about it).  It’s located in the same shopping plaza as Starbucks, Champagne Bakery and Marshall (which has the parking structure), so parking was pretty easy.
You can add $4-$5 to your ramen to make it a combo.  So I added the crispy chicken (karaage) and salad for an extra $4.  These came ahead of the ramen.  The chicken was nice and flavorful and crispy, yet still juicy.  I like!
Tonkotsu spicy – you can choose the level of spiciness.  It’s pork broth with chunks of pork chashu, cabbage and spicy bean sprouts.  It’s pretty thick broth, but good spicy flavor.  $8.55
Jinya tonkotsu – pork broth with pork chashu, spinach, cabbage, dried seaweed and fried onion.  It also comes with the seasoned egg on the side.  The broth is milky white, which means they’ve cooked it for a LONG time.  Rich broth but didn’t taste greasy.  Yummm…  $9.55
Close up of the pork chashu – I thought it was going to taste fatty, but it was melt-in-your-mouth goodness!!!  I wonder how they cook the chashu…
Tonkotsu original – the only difference between this and the Jinya tonkotsu (as far as I can tell) is the seaweed and seasoned egg.  So if you like your ramen with an egg, go for the Jinya tonkotsu.  $8.55
I see the recent yelp reviews haven’t been too kind to this place, so will have to make another trip soon to get a more accurate review!
UPDATE:  Went back on 9/8/12 for a second visit, this time for dinner.  It was as good as the first time.  I ordered the curry with the ramen this time, and the curry was also really good!