Oki Doki–the restaurant that served ramen at the same time it offered Vietnamese bun and Malay fried rice–has shuttered at 3033 Bristol St., the same corner at Paularino that once also housed Orchid Restaurant.
In its place Ikkousha is opening. Ikkousha is short for Hakata Ramen Ikkousha, which has twelve restaurants in Japan and a burgeoning empire in Indonesia, Singapore, China, Vietnam, Taiwan, Australia and Hong Kong.
This Costa Mesa store is its first in the US. The specialty, of course, is the thick milky pork bone broths of the Hakata style.
If you understand Japanese, here's a video the company produced from its website.
*Thanks to JB for the tip and the picture!
Before becoming an award-winning restaurant critic for OC Weekly in 2007, Edwin Goei went by the alias “elmomonster” on his blog Monster Munching, in which he once wrote a whole review in haiku.