Jul 30, 2014

Tatsu Ramen on Melrose

I was lucky enough to get on the list during soft-opening and try everything for free! This is their second location. Just around the corner from Pink's hot dog, right next to All about the bread.

Tatsu ramen is tonkotsu base, thin noodles. If you don't want your ramen too greasy, ask for easy oil after you placed your order. Currently, dessert is not available. Hopefully they'll have ice cream or something in the future.

I also took short clip on tastemade. CLICK HERE to watch it.


I wish there is option for easy oil.

ramune $2.50

Bold ramen $10
Served with seasoned soft-boiled egg & pork

Soul ramen $12
Signature ramen. Homemade Tonkotsu broth, black garlic oil and sweet umami sauce. Served with ground beef and a choice of pork, chicken or tofu. I got with pork.

Me and my friend, we both liked this soul ramen better.

extra eggs, corns, chashu

Chashu rice $4
I liked chashu rice bowl. It had sweet flavor. It wasn't cubed, more liked shredded.

Fried rice $4
was little mushy

Juicy pork bun $3.50

Tatsu ramen
7111 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90046

Sun-Wed:11:00 am - 2:00 am



Jul 29, 2014

Baking coffee chocolate cake with Pure raw cacao powder

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Coffee Chocolate Cake
makes 1 9-inch cake
Recipe from: Joy the baker
2 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup cacao powder
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar  *I cut off sugar and only used 1/4 cup.
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup warm coffee
1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon vegetable oil *I also cut off oil, can't remember how much I used.
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
small handful of chocolate chunks and/or cocoa nibs (optional)

Place rack in the center of the oven and preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Grease a 9-inch pan and dust with cocoa powder.  Set aside.
In a large bowl, whisk together flour, cacao powder, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.  In a medium bowl, whisk together coffee, oil, and vanilla.
Add the wet ingredients, all at once to the dry ingredients and whisk until just combined.  Stir in chocolate chunks and cocoa nibs, if using.
Pour the batter into the prepared pan.  The batter will be relatively thick.  Bake for 30-35 minutes, or until a cake tester inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean.
Remove from the oven and allow to cool in the pan for 10 minutes before inverting onto a wire rack to cool completely.  Sprinkle with powdered sugar and serve.

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