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Jinya Ramen Bar
5168 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90036
They say that lobster, oysters, foie gras and even caviar were once considered foods of the poor, scoffed upon by the well-to-do members of society that now consume those foods with indulgent regularity.
Of course by “they” we mean random unverified internet sources, and by “well-to-do members of society,” we mean the very people we hope to be some day.
But in order to reach that status it’s imperative to save money, which is something we thought we were doing the last 10 years by regularly dining on $.35 packages of ramen noodles. Low and behold it’s starting to look, in addition to saving some money and ignoring rumors of people being killed by Cup Noodles lining, we were really just starting the latest culinary trend.
For anyone who’s cared to notice, nothing is hotter than ramen right now (unless you get the cold version, but, I mean, come on), especially if you procure yours at Jinya Ramen Bar.
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With countless write-ups, accolades and two locations in Studio City and Mid-Wilshire (with another set to open up soon in Santa Monica), Jinya has been integral in the ramen revolution, pleasing countless slurp-happy Angelenos with a variety of chicken and vegetable broth-based ramen.
None is quite as mind-blowing as the Jinya toknotsu black ramen, consisting of tomkotsu pork broth, pork chashu, kikurage, green onion, nori dried seaweed, seasoned egg, garlic chips, garlic oil and fried onion. Unlike many ramen joints, Jinya is all about flexibility, offering different broth, noodle and spiciness options, not to mention 20 different toppings, ranging from chicken wontons to spicy bean sprouts to mushrooms to straight-up butter.
Your bank account may not have changed much since college, but your ramen sure as hell has.
By Jesse Husid
Jesse Husid writes and edits E.S.P. Eat. See. Play. lifestyle content for CBS Los Angeles.