Originally, we were going to have soba after my friend’s early morning fishing trip, which was supposed to end around 12 noon. However, due to some delay with the trip, the boat did not come back to shore until around 3pm.
So I had to come up with a place that would still serve food at 3:30pm in our area. Jidaiya came to mind, since I have been wanting to try the Tsukemen (ramen with a separate dipping bowl of soup), which is served only after 2pm.
I ordered the Gyoza to start, there were six pieces that came connected in a circular pattern. I like the gyoza a lot here since the meat filling was not heavy, and the overall texture and taste were light as well.
The friend had the Tonkotsu Miso Ramen which came with a good amount of vegetables on top. It was quite a big bowl. My dipping ramen was served cold with very tender slices of pork on top. The bowl of dipping soup was quite substantial and flavorful. I enjoy the act of dipping the noodles and pork into the soup.
I actually liked my Tsukemen much better that the one I had a while back at the famous Tsujita LA Artisan Noodle on Sawtelle. I prefer the soup here since it seemed a bit lighter and tastier.
Jidaiya – 18537 S. Western Ave. Gardena, CA 90248 Phone: 310-532-0999