Have you ever heard of a rice burger? It looks a hamburger with compressed rice cakes substituted for the buns. The MOS Burger fast food restaurant chain introduced the concept in 1987, and it has become a popular in Japan and East Asia. I really missed that particular taste and looked for an actual MOS Burger location or a similar alternative one weekend. My Swedish colleague suggested that I visit Little Tokyo within the East Village, mainly because that neighborhood attracts new concepts of Japanese food. Luckily I was able to find exactly what I was looking for at Yonekichi. Normally I am not a big eater and one regular hamburger is the perfect amount, but I could not just pick one during this visit! I settled for two choices — Tsukune, a chicken meatball patty, and Mugifuji Pork, a pork BBQ. Both tasted like heaven combined with flashback memories from my high school days when I had something similar as afternoon snacks!
Price: $8-$15 per person
Neighborhood: Little Tokyo, East Village
Dining option: Take out window with small chairs available out front