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Yet again my wife and I were ready to drive down to check out this new mall as we were both craving some ramen and curry. As usual, just as we were approaching Baker St we looked at each other and both said SANTOUKA RAMEN!! So off Baker St we went to Mistuwa Market instead and enjoyed every last drop.

Someone convince us otherwise. Is there anything to be had at any of the restaurants at Diamond Jamboree that is better then at Mitsuwa? How about the Korean food. I still have yet to have a bowl of Bipimbap.

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  1. Only thing that I liked in the Diamond Jamboree is the BCD Tofu House. I'm a sucker for good tofu in spicy broth.

    H-Mart Supermarket is not bad for shopping either.

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    1. re: Jaytizzle

      Then you need to break free of the mediocrity of BCD and head up to Garden Grove for Kaju Tofu on GG Blvd. near Magnolia. Mmmmm... ignore all the mediocre barbecue stuff on the menu and just revel in the tofu.

    2. bbq chicken: better to drive to GG and have kyochon
      bcd: drive down culver and eat at kaju instead. SO much better.
      tokyo table: overpriced mediocre food.
      chae bahn: no menu, uninspiring bowls.
      ajisen ramen: no.

      their saving grace is 85C and that bakery still loses big time to mammoth bakery in marukai.

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      1. re: nomnomnoms

        Well said nomnomnoms. :) Nicely summed up. (Although I can't have 85C because they use Partially Hydrogenated Oils for all their baked goods (except their plain Baguette).) :(

        1. re: exilekiss

          I don't think you're missing out on much. Better off driving to Cream Pan on El Camino Real, Tustin for bakery and Cafe Blanc in Costa Mesa for patisserie. I thought the stuff at 85c was just ok....

      2. Well, if you ever find yourself trapped at Diamond Jamobree, head over to the Guppy House, where you can sample Brick Toast a la mode.

        Get the toast smeared with a thick coating of peanut butter, banana and served along side a nice scoop of vanilla ice cream.

        Total junk food, but who cares. It's already Jan. 3 and three days is long enough for most resolutions ...

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        1. re: ipsedixit

          Ah... brick toast! Brings back dee-licious memories of Singapore & Taiwan... OK I'll head over to Ten Ren (San Gabriel) for some soon.

          1. re: J.L.

            I prefer Pa Pa Walk for brick toast, but then I quibble ...

        2. The new Greek restaurant isn't bad. A nice alternative to Daphne's.

          1. I dropped by the Diamonod Jamboree mall for the first time last night, and we dined at Ajisen. Ramen was pricier, ranging from $8.50 to $9.75, but I've seen some of the pricier ramen dishes at Santouka in the $8-9 range also.

            I ordered the Premium Pork ramen bowl at $9.75, and I thought it was fantastic. It was a tonkatsu milky broth, and the ramen seemed like the thin Hakata-style ramen like at Shinsengumi. I thought it was better than Santouka's ramen, and better than other local places like Mentatsu, Kohryu, and even Shinsengumi. The premium pork was really good, sliced more thinly than regular chashu pork, but even more tender and flavorful.

            If you're a ramen fan in OC, I think Ajisen is worth checking out. My brother ordered the chashu pork ramen and thought it was great, way better than the Daikokuya that opened in the Marukai market last year.

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            1. re: Wonginator

              I've tried the Ajisen in DJ and I thought it was decent, but it felt very Chinese to me. I'm not a ramen expert so maybe I'm wrong, but cabbage in my ramen makes it feel like a Chinese noodle dish instead of real Japanese ramen.

              I agree it's better than the Daikokuya in Costa Mesa, though. But then that branch of Daikokuya has not had the best reviews.

              Santouka is still tops for me.

              1. re: huaqiao

                Yeah, I did notice the cabbage, and that was the first time I've seen it in ramen.

                I still consider myself somewhat of a ramen novice, but I thought the broth had outstanding flavor, and that Premium Pork was quite fantastic, never having ordered something like that at any other ramen shops. I still rank Santouka very high, probably 2nd best.

                1. re: huaqiao

                  isn't Ajisen a Chinese-owned Ramen chain? it's a bit confusing, given the Japanese-ish name.

                  if I want crummy ramen, i can drive to Kairaku-tei in Tustin. It's less than stellar, but at least it hits the spot, in that junky way.