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Jan 19, 2014 08:55 AM

Looking for Oyakodon Tonight

I've been watching a program called Onigiri on UTB Hollywood Channel 18-2 [] This weekend's episode featured Oyakodon. Now Dommy and I have a craving for it. Her favorite place for it, Otafuku Noodle House is closed Sundays, so that is out. Yelp's first suggestion for me was Otomisan Restaurant in Boyle Heights and next to the Soto Gold Line Station which would be great since we could take the train there but something makes me think it might not be all that. We're looking for a good version of the Chicken and Egg Bowl. Bonus points awarded if there is something else at the place which is Chow worthy. South Bay is easy for us or anything near one of Metro's rail lines.

Take care

- P.

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  1. I-naba.

    The zaru soba and tempura anago are excellent there. Sit at the tempura bar.

    Grab some goat curry and goat biryani to go from the Indian place next door.

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    1. re: Porthos

      Was the Biryani there as good as ZamZam?

      1. re: Mattapoisett in LA

        Haven't had ZamZam yet but it's a totally different type of biryani. See the picture in the attached thread.

      2. re: Porthos

        Do they serve it at dinner? Last time I went there they only had it at lunch and dinner was more a set menu sorta thing...


      3. I can't speak to Otomisan's Oyakodon but, I love their Tempura. A great hole in the wall.

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        1. re: JAB

          Good to know... the last time I went there I had their Katsu Curry and it was okay... the whole place seemed more greasy spoon than (Suehiro, which I love), and that was kinda a notch too far for me to consider returning...


          1. re: Dommy

            It's a relic, last remaining of Japanese restaurants from an era when Boyle Heights was a Japanese neighborhood.

            Nothing truly noteworthy about it other than the fact it will probably die out once current proprietors retire and that will be the end of Japanese restaurants in Boyle Heights until the neighborhood probably gentrifies.

            1. re: Johnny L

              "the neighborhood probably gentrifies"

              Already happening... It's proximity to the Arts District and how $$$ it is now, has folks moving across the bridges... We're going to see some interesting times there soon... especially with the food scene as already there are some good Mariscos and Homey Mexican food joynts there...


                1. re: Dommy

                  Yup and I'm helping to accelerate it as I'm planning on buying a house in Boyle Heights to be closer to work (Downtown) and because its cheap now.

                  1. re: Dommy

                    I agree that it's eventually going to happen but, it doesn't look line that development in Mariachi Plaza is doing well.

              1. re: JAB

                I have a real soft spot for Otomisan. I used to work around the corner, and I'd drop in for a bowl of yamakake (tuna sashimi, grated yamaimo, and rice) whenever I got homesick for my mother's cooking. Yes, there are better Japanese restaurants, but this is a warm and welcoming little place. I loved seeing Latino families tucking into sushi and tempura alongside the Japanese old timers - a real slice of Boyle Heights.

              2. oumi sasaya makes it with tempura chicken if you want to try something a little different.

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                1. re: raizans

                  Otafuku makes a Pork version with Katsu which she doesn't like. To her, a main point of Katsu (and Tempura) is the crispiness of the dish. So putting tempura in Oyakodon defeats the purpose of having it.

                  1. re: Mattapoisett in LA

                    but the batter soaks up the liquid and it tastes so good! oh well, no use arguing...

                    1. re: raizans

                      LOL! That is just a Japanese thing I just can't get behind... when I fry something, I want it CRISP. If I want something to soak up the liquid, i add rice (which is why I LOVE rice bowls!!). That is why I always ask for my sauce on the side when I order Ten Don at Hannosuke.. even if the counter guy give me a 'herumph!" look... LOL!

                      In all fairness though, I don't get Orange Chicken or dunking Oreos in Milk either... so......


                      1. re: Dommy

                        LOL, I feel the same way about smothered foods like chicken and pork chops. Let me get this right, you fry it crisp and then smother it to take that crispiness away? No thank you.

                        1. re: JAB

                          Oh YES! I remember when I first saw Smothered Chicken Wings at Roscoes... it just seems so WRONG!!!

                          I love Fried Chicken Wings

                          I love Gravy

                          Fried Chickens Wings tossed in Gravy?



                          1. re: JAB

                            yes, it's the best! think of the frying as an intermediate step to the creation of a luscious, flavor-soaked coating.

                  2. Nowhere near your areas, but Ducks Restaurant in San Gabriel just off of Rosemead & Las Tunas consistently has my favorite don.

                    I prefer katsudon, but the oyakodon was good, too.

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                    1. re: crocodileguy

                      The last time I had it at Ducks, the egg was too crisp. Almost overdone. I perfer a custardy one like the one they had in the Ongiri show, which the egg was more coddled than it was scrambled...


                      1. re: crocodileguy

                        I wouldn't go to Ducks.

                        Ducks is fine for what it is, and I would only go there if one lived nearby, but not something to travel, say, more than 5 miles for.

                        1. re: ipsedixit

                          It's awfully pricey for the quality. Otomisan or Mitsuwa food court for me,

                      2. Thank you everyone for your replies! We look forward to trying i-Naba's version, probably in Vegas as they seem to serve it all day there... So for this particular craving.... I decided to head to Taiko in Brentwood...

                        I know Taiko is not on anyone's list for super tasty Japanese food. It's not on mine either... but they do a Oyako Don how I like it. The egg is custardy and the chicken done well. They use good quality tasty rice, and have brown if you are so inclined...

                        Overall, the dish was very good. It was just missing some homey notes, like the onion in the egg mixture...


                        The rest of the meal we good, but again nothing sparkled. The FruFru Roll, Soba and Unagi were done well, but nothing that I would recommend going out of the way for. The best part of the trip to the westside was actually where we stopped for dessert...


                        Sweet Rose Creamery's soft serve is so epic. The vanilla Honey was almost too much on its own.. but swirled with the clementine... O.M.G.