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The Find: Mottainai Ramen in Gardena

August 25, 2010 |  2:28 pm


Here's an early look at our Find of the week, being published in Thursday's L.A. Times Food section:

Your best introduction to Mottainai Ramen in Gardena might be if you slink in exhausted, after a long day of work, needing some comfort. Duck your head through the Japanese curtains that hang in Mottainai Ramen's entryway and you'll be hit by a soothing fog of pork and garlic, as waiters and waitresses shout hearty Japanese greetings and farewells, and somebody lights a wok on fire. Wait, what? A flaming wok? Indeed: Over Mottainai Ramen's tidy collection of two-person tables and pleasant wooden counters, you'll often catch, in the open kitchen, one of the chefs expertly flipping a wok. They're toasting the miso for a serving of the most unique of Mottainai's three specialties: Sapporo Lover, a pork-intensive ramen saturated with toasted miso. Read on:

Photo credit: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times