After picking up the floor sample Louis Ghost chair from Room & Board's Torrance distribution center and before the TUF / Torrance Symphony Taiwan Night Concert, we went to Mottainai Ramen in the Marukai Pacific strip mall in Gardena. I've heard a lot about Ramen Mottainai from various respected food blogs and have been eager to check it out. I like the look and feel of the place; it's bright, cheery and fun.
rn butter magic bomb. The salad was really good, huge with asparagus, romaine, corn, tomatoes, and a light ginger miso dressing. It's also a nice since ramen shops are usually short on the greens. The gyoza was also good, a little more porky rather than vegetable-y than most gyoza that I've tried at ramen shops. The shoyu ramen was delicate and refined, made a little richer with the shiro white magic bomb, which is a little melon sized ball of pork fat and garlic. I loved the Miso ramen. It was different from any other miso ramen I've ever had, much more complex. It had a wonderfully smoky flavor which gave the dish a lot of depth. During the cooking process, I saw flames leaping out of a wok; I'm not sure exactly what was on fire, but I really enjoyed the smoky flavor it added to the broth. The corn butter was the recommended magic bomb by the waiter, and I liked the extra texture and flavor from the corn. It's a very rich and heavy dish; I was full and very thirsty for hours afterwards. Prices were reasonable at around $7 for a ramen dish (then +$1.50 for the magic bombs). Gyoza was less than $3 and the salad was about $5. Unfortunately, only
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|Sapporo Miso Ramen with Corn Butter bomb|
|Tokyo Props Shoyu Ramen|
|Shiro Magic Bomb with Pork Fat and Garlic|
1630 West Redondo Beach Avenue, #9
Gardena, CA 90247