Torrance seems to be the mecca of ramen in So Cal. There’s elite ramen like Santouka, Shin Sen Gumi, and Yamadaya just a few clicks from each other. However, I’m not going to lie here, Hakata Ikkousha has quite possibly crafted the most delicious Tonkotsu broth my lips have ever touched. This broth is so thick, porky, rich, and creamy. The first sip I literally said, “Wow!”
Perfectly balanced with the flavored soft-boiled egg and al dente ramen. The pork chashu was much more lean than majority of its competitors. I actually prefer a little fat for that melt in your mouth texture but there’s so much pork fatty goodness here it doesn’t really matter. At 1:30 pm on a Tuesday, this placed was at capacity with groups waiting outside. The plaza has plenty of parking but limited seating inside. I know this bowl of ramen won’t be for everyone, as it’s very fatty and salty. Blasphemy. In my opinion, you shouldn’t even be eating ramen if you don’t get down with salt and fat.
Hakata Ikkousha has earned its place among my list of go-to ramen joints. Easily one of the best tonkotsu broths around.
21605 S Western Ave
Torrance, CA 90501