Sawtelle is a street in LA full of Asian influenced restaurants. It is packed on weekend nights. Best time to get in anywhere is for lunch.
We went over there on Saturday night and did what everyone else does….stand in line. We decided we would go to Tsujita. Once your name is called you place your order. Your name is called again at one point and you go inside to sit. About one minute after being seated your meal comes out. It is pretty clever. The wait is outside. They run a pretty tight ship.
The thing to do here is the Tsukemen. The dipping noodle. A bowl of cold noodles and extra meat if you order it to be dipped into your bowl of spicy ramen.
Spicy is different to everyone. The dish comes with a big helping of the onikasu (the red spice) and you can add extra. If you want you can ask for the dish with no spice and add your own. The guy out front told us that it wasn’t that spicy and part of the dish. He usually adds two more spoonfuls. After eating our dish as is I realized that guy has a serious tolerance for spice. It comes spicy enough for me.
Fun experience. The handmade noodles are pretty damn good. Totally worth the wait.