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Aug 10, 2008 06:32 PM

Daikokuya today -- oishii desu yo!

I think maybe someone at Daikokuya has been reading this board and taking notes. There has been a lot of talk about it going downhill -- less rich broth (I wouldn't know, I always get kotteri style), pork not as good, etc.

Today, all was set to rights.
Soft boiled egg. Gooshy. Creamy. Gorgeous. I've never had a soft boiled egg here before. I stole my husbands'.
Porky pork. Incredible.
Broth from some deep dark magic cauldron.

Was this a fluke? God, I hope not.

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  1. Nope! Been going for YEERZ.... always been top notch!!


    3 Replies
    1. re: Dommy

      I'm one of those dissenters who commented about Daikokuya going downhill of late.

      I, too, have been going there for years, but in the last 6 months, the broth had been getting bland. My taste buds then turned west towards Santouka and (rising star) Chabuya.

      khh1138's review gives me hope. I shall try Daikokuya once more and report back.

      As always, eager to hear from Rameniac on this issue.....

      1. re: J.L.

        You see.. maybe that is it... Tastes change (I know I can't tolerate salt much anymore, so my Ramen cravings are fewer and fewer) and honestly, I find Santouka a touch too 'funky' for me. Daikokuya believe it or not, has always been a more refined Ramen in my tastes. As the poster said... I ALWAYS order it Kotteri which adds just the right amount of richness to elevate the flavor just enough...


        1. re: J.L.

          I work very near here and go frequently. I thought a year ago or so it had a bad moment. It was around the time that they were making an effort to get going in Costa Mesa so maybe that was the reason, they also I think lost their long time tatooed noodle man. Since then, it's been back to the same old Daikokuya, which IMO is pretty good.

      2. Only complaint I ever have is the wait.

        Their pork is best in class - riidiculously tender.

        1. I find myself going just for the pork.

          1. i've been wanting to try this place but i wasn't sure if they have vegetarian items. i can do fish- but wasn't sure if all the broths were meat based. does anyone know?

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            1. re: Clyde

              They only have one broth, and it's porkalicious.

            2. Daikokuya is a popular place. That should explain the talk about it going downhill.

              Is this trend still surprising to people? Certain types of people love to hate on popular things just because they're popular.

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              1. re: andytseng

                Personally, I've had mixed reactions to the Costa Mesa store. The broth when they first opened was not as rich as the Little Tokyo store. That one time, the soup was weakly flavored, and lukewarm. It's improved since then, but any multiunit operation is prone to glitches like this.