OROCHON... I tried to eat the whole bowl of super hot ramen within the time allotted, but I just couldn't do it. Now that I've tried, I'm pretty sure I could do it... BUT... it is not worth the pain the following day... so many Thai Bird chiles, so much crushed red chile powder... it might ruin your gastro-intestinal system for a few days... If you succeed, you get your photo on the wall... not worth it... I'd want some cold, hard cash to subject my body to that much pain. BUT... if you fancy yourself as having a cast iron stomach and want to show us how macho you are... by all means... go for it...
If you are going to the SuNny's Jonathan Gold's Zocalo event at 6:30pm, if you are able to get to the area at 5pm and would like to join me for dinner at Orochon, this is a great way to eat two birds with one stomach.
Meet @ 5:00pm and order as soon as is practicable. Remember we have to walk a few blocks to the Zocalo event, so we need to leave about 6:15pm. Please bring cash to pay your share of the bill.
No Guests: If you have a friend that wants to go, just have them join the group.
It is a little hard to find as it is hidden away in a little three story mall and it is on the top level. There's some outside tables which can be nice if the weather isn't too cold, but once you get your spicy ramen, that will warm you up anyway. We will be limited by time, so we will take a table that is ready soonest, if there's any wait.
Menu - $7.45 for the more expensive Miso bowl of ramen plus there's add-ons... I usually get an egg or bbq pork added for $1-$1.50 additional.
While it is not considered the best ramen in the city, it is one of those restaurants that you must try... It should be on every LA Foodies Food Bucket List.
They do sell wine/beer so their spicy ramen is ingenious as I'm sure it helps sell lots of beer and soft drinks.
Due to time constraints, we cannot wait to order for late arrivers, but since this is not a family style dining event, late arrivers won't miss out on anything if they do come late.
After dinner it is about 3 blocks to the Zocalo venue, so if you take the Metro, dinner and the talk is all withing walking distance. If you are driving, there's lots of options for parking, but try to arrive early as traffic/parking might be congested. If you are coming from the SFV, I highly encourage you to take the Metro... if you never have, I think you will be pleasantly surprised.