Nestled in the heart of Los Angeles, next to the police station and close to Union Station, what is left of Little Tokyo can be found in roughly five large city blocks. It is bounded on the west by Los Angeles Street, on the east by Alameda Street, on the south by 3rd Street, and on the north by First Street, but also includes a substantial portion of the block north of First and west of Alameda, location of the Japanese American National Museum, the Go For Broke Monument, and a row of historic shops which lines the north side of First Street.
Little Tokyo used to be much bigger, and with a lot more residential areas. Unfortunately, a lot of Little Tokyo was lost during the Japanese American Internment, when many of the Japanese American shop owners were forced to leave their businesses. Still, some businesses managed to reopen after the Japanese Americans were let out. One of my favorites is Fugetsu-Do, the confectionary shop on First Street.
|Its been almost 110 years!|
|part of the shop window|
I had to bring home a box for my mother. In her words, Fugetsu-Do manages to get the perfect level of sweetness: never cloying sweet like some, rather the sugar brings out the natural sweetness of the rice.
|Hakata Ramen. Oh YEAH!|
|egg, crispy onion, extra chashu|
I fucking LOVE ramen.
Whew, just had to get that off my chest. Anyways, I also ordered their creamy croquette (kani kurimu korokke) which is so good I think I could eat just several plates of that. I've also had their takoyaki, gyoza, and spam musubi, which have all been great. *To be honest, I don't like tako, but Mr. Mochi says their takoyaki is excellent. They also have happy hour dollar draft Kirin Ichiban, which is awesome and one of my favorite beers on tap. Disclaimer: I am not a drinker, and have like no opinion on beer really, but it tastes good and it comes with a cute dragon on the glass for only a dollar. Win-win, right?
|Hello, pork belly!|
|The cream korokke|
Want to make Wagashi at home?
Yokan Jellies with Anko and Chestnut
315 East First Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Shin-Sen-Gumi Hakata Ramen
132 S. Central Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90012