46: Edomae Tendon Bowl at Hannosuke

Tendon at Hannosuke
Tendon at Hannosuke
G. Snyder

Leading up to this year's Best of L.A. issue (due out Oct. 4), we'll be counting down, in no particular order, 100 of our favorite dishes.

46: Edomae Tendon Bowl at Hannosuke.

The saying goes that good tempura should last about as long as a snowball in August (or September, if you happen to be caught in a late-season heat wave). It should be eaten immediately, in other words, so as to preserve its crispy architecture before it starts to sink like soggy newspaper.

Before it closed early this past year (and was replaced by Ramen Hayatemaru), the best place for tempura in Los Angeles was Komatsu, which specialized in a tempura made to order at the bar, sizzling jagged-edged pieces of seafood spread onto sheets of parchment paper the moment that they rose from the fryer. There were even cute little bowls of sea salt flavored with matcha and yuzu to sprinkle on top of fried strips of cuttlefish or fat Japanese plums.

Since then, searching for a tempura specialist has been tough (though Torrance's I-naba isn't a bad substitute). Tempura is an art form -- as much as you can call deep-frying anything an art form -- that is overlooked in most restaurants.

But then comes Hannosuke, the new kid in the Mitsuwa Marketplace food court on Venice Blvd., which specializes in tendon (a portmanteau for tempura donburi, or tempura over rice). We might be getting that lovin' feeling once more.

Hannouke's tempura is fried to order in a big steel pan you can see through kitchen's bubble-shaped window. Fried eel, a soft-boiled egg, shrimp, sweet potato, nori, a shishito pepper, and a kakiage of shrimp and scallop all get a dip in batter and a swim in bubbling oil until they develop a beautifully golden and crunchy outer shell. Everything is piled onto a mound of rice drizzled with dashi, mirin, and soy sauce. The egg is pierced and the gooey yolk dribbles down over the rice. Just make sure to eat it quickly -- which shouldn't be too difficult a task.

Check out the rest of our 100 of our favorite dishes. Suggestion? Write us a comment.

100: Lukshon's Dan Dan Noodles

99: Cemita de Milanesa at Cemitas Poblanos Elviritas #1

98: Chichen Itza's Cochinita Pibil

97: Tsukemen at Tsujita L.A.

96: La Cevicheria's Bloody Clam Ceviche

95: Duck Shawarma at Momed

94: Peruvian Chicken at Pollo a la Brasa

93: Squash Blossom Quesadilla at Antojitos Carmen

92: Thai Boat Noodles at Pa-Ord

91: Baco Mercat's Bazole

90: Furikake Kettle Corn at A-Frame

89: Live Santa Barbara Spot Prawns at Providence

88: Fried Pig Tails at Night + Market

87: Egg Salad Sandwich at Euro Pane

86: Galbi Jjim at Soban

85: Truffle Honey-Laced Fried Chicken at Manhattan Beach Post

84: Mool Naeng Myun at Yu Chic Naeng Myun

83: Chicken Vampiro at Mexicali Taco & Co

82: Sooo Cali Dog at Dog Haus

81: White Anchovy, Tomato and Fresno Chile Pizza at Pizzeria Mozza

80: Shu Mai at Elite Restaurant

79: Tandoori Chicken at Al-Watan

78: Chocolate Bread and Butter Pudding at The Hungry Cat

77: Agedashi Tofu at Izakaya Bincho

76: Pork Chop at Salt's Cure

75: Porcetto at Sotto

74: The Sea Urchin Tostada at La Guerrerense

73: Wood-Roasted English Peas at Tar & Roses

72: Persian Mulberries at Weiser Family Farms

71: Hunan-Style Preserved Pork with Tofu at Hunan Chilli King

70: Brisket Banh Mi at Gjelina Take Away

69: Yukhwe Bibimbap at Oo-Kook Korean BBQ

68: Lamb Pie at Beijing Pie House

67: Son of a Gun's Uni and Burrata

66: Pastrami Reuben at Art's Delicatessen

65: Beef Koobideh at Kabab Mahaleh

64: The Whipper Burger at Hawkins House of Burgers

63: Slippery Shrimp at Yang Chow

62: Whole Channel Island Red Sea Urchin at Water Grill

61: Going Dutch Panini at Bread Lounge

60: Huckleberry's Green Eggs & Ham

59: Pickled Watermelon Salad at L&E Oyster Bar

58: Spaghettini with Abalone, Pickled Cod Roe and Truffles at n/naka

57: Brown Brown Bread Ice Cream at Scoops Westside

56: Smothered Chicken at R and R Soul Food

55: Duck Fried Rice at Jar

54: Taco Sampler at Guisados

53: The Sycamore Kitchen's Double BLT-A Sandwich

52: House Wonton Soup at China Café

51: Almond Croissant at Proof Bakery

50: The Southern Fry at Plan Check Kitchen + Bar

49: The Dodger Dog at Dodger Stadium

48: Papaya Salad at Krua Siri

47: Lucky Baldwins' Traditional Full English Breakfast

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