Tsurumaru Exploring Udon in Little Tokyo

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Tsurumaru Udon
Tsurumaru Udon

Little Tokyo is anticipating the arrival of a new udon specialist named Tsurumaru, taking over space next to Shojin on Alameda Street. There are many broth, topping, and temperature variations in which this thick wheat-based noodle can be slurped, from the basic brown kake udon with a mirin, soy, and dashi-based broth to chilly, summer-suited bowls, and more cheeky variations like the meat-obscuring ninja udon with shuriken-shaped nori, and every perv’s favorite old reliable, bukakke udon.

Tsurumaru Udon
Tsurumaru Udon

Signage hints that Tsurumaru also specializes in tempura, raising the odds that the twain shall meet in a decent tempura udon or tenkasu udon, a texturally enticing experience that comes packed with squiggly tempura shavings. Since noodles further exploded across the city this past summer, Tsurumaru is already notable for its good timing, bringing a new hot bowl of comfort to town just when we’re getting into the season.