As Daikokuya prepares to celebrate 11 years of delivering steaming bowls of tonkotsu ramen to the slurping masses, it has been amazing to watch the rest of Los Angeles catch up. There are ramen shops in Torrance for the noodle-obsessed, in West L.A. for those who follow best-of lists, and all over Little Tokyo, where Daikokuya's most heralded location sits. This city is positively ramen-obsessed.
Now, Daikokuya is looking to give back to all of those hungry hordes that have braved the mild Los Angeles weather for a shot at their rich pork ramen. The namesake Daikoku Ramen, a savory mix of long-simmered pork bone stock, kurobuta pork slices, bamboo shoots, bean sprouts, green onions and a soft boiled egg, regularly retails for $8.95. But from the date of their 11 year anniversary on Wednesday, Feb. 20 through Friday, Feb. 22, those same bowls will be $5 (at the Little Tokyo location only). The generous offer is valid for all three days, from open to close.
Whether this becomes a cheaper-is-better mob mentality akin to the 100 year anniversary at Philippe's a few years ago remains to be seen. One thing is for certain: $5 is a great deal for some of the best ramen in the city. And if the regular wait time at Daikokuya in Little Tokyo is any indication, it may make sense to just hop back in line once you've slurped your last noodle. You'll be hungry again by the time you grab another seat.
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