Charsiu Pork Rice Bowl At Santouka: CM

pork bowl

When I was a kid my parents had only four records worth listening to. My favorite by far was the Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band album. While my favorite song on the album is “A Day In The Life” (Youtube link) I always like “A Little Help From My Friends.”

You can’t find great food by yourself. Listening and trusting your friends can lead to great moments. Like finding the perfect little bowl of Charsiu Pork at the Santouka Ramen place in the Costa Mesa Mitsuwa Market. My friend ordered this the last time we were here and I thought he was crazy, I mean how good could a dish be when it costs less than $3.50?

I don’t know if I’ve ever had a better meal for under $4.00. The pork is tender and flavorful, but what really makes this dish is perhaps the greatest rice I’ve ever eaten. The rice has absorbed just enough of the broth/pork to balance that line between steamed rice and soup rice. You can’t stop eating it.

Order the #45.

PS- Thanks friend.

Pork RIce Bowl

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