Whenever I have a chance to visit Little Tokyo in Los Angeles, I always make a stop for Mochilatos at Mikawaya! (118 Japanese Village Plaza Mall, LA, CA 90012)
We are all familiar with ice cream filled mochi:
Thankfully, you can find these at many local grocery stores and all of your local Trader Joe’s®. 🙂 But at Mikawaya, they’ve got gelato filled mochi. The gelato is less dense than ice cream and the flavors are more intense. My favorite mochilato is the Plum Wine, which I never fail to get each time. On my last visit a few months ago, I paired the plum wine with a raspberry mochilato!
After our mochilatos, we decided to get something more substantial to eat. We were in Little Tokyo around 11 am, hoping to grab an early lunch before heading out for more adventures. But, note to my future self, most of the restaurants in this area do not open until 11:30 am or noon. With limited options, we sought help from Yelp™ and settled on Shin Sen Gumi Hakata for Ramen. With over 1500 reviews giving them 4 stars, we headed in for some grub.
They serve only Tonkatsu, or pork bone broth based, ramen.