Daily Archive for November 8th, 2010

Thanks to @MichelleWoo for using my picture from our tsukemen lunch on @OCWeekly!

Here’s a screenshot of her tsukemen story. Have I mentioned that I
think Michelle is an awesome writer? She used the word "mouthgasm" in
the story! *high fives*

Original post: www.jozjozjoz.com/2010/11/01/woo-met-michellewoo-for-tsuk…

Posted on OCWeekly 11/3/2010
Photo taken 11/1/2010

Due to popular request, this is my signature:  (-_-)  Did someone blink?

OC Weekly story at:

Local Eats
Tsukemen: A Rare Ramen Treat At Mitsuwa in Costa Mesa, But Only Until Sunday
by Michelle Woo

Mitsuwa Marketplace in Costa Mesa is hosting a food fair right now
(they stretch the word "fair" to mean they’re offering a couple
special, limited-time-only dishes) and this time, pop-up shop Nidaime
Tsujita is serving up tsukemen, or "dipping noodles."

With this style of ramen, popular in Japan but a rarity in the States,
the noodles and the broth are served in separate bowls. One benefit of
this: The noodles won’t get soggy during your meal. Using your
chopsticks, you’re to dip the noodles into the broth (which is
actually more like a gravy) before taking a bite.

The result: mouthgasm. The spaghetti-like noodles are perfectly
al-dente and the broth, made with pork and chicken bones, seafood and
vegetables, is rich, slightly creamy and enhanced with a tangy kick
thanks to the slices of lime. It’s delicious, yet intense–you’ll have
no urge to gulp down the rest of the soup once the noodles are gone.
The chashu is tender, oily and fatty, the way chashu should be.

The guys at the counter are masters at upselling you on the soft,
oozing hanjuku egg to accompany the dish. Don’t hesitate. Just go for

Lines can be long, so head over there before or after the lunch rush.
And hurry, the fair ends on Sunday, Nov. 7.

Nidaime Tsujita Ramen inside Mitsuwa Marketplace, 665 Paularino Ave.,
Costa Mesa, (714) 434-1101; www.mitsuwa.com

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