If you’ve never heard of Mos 2, they’re the more delicious version of Flame Broiler and WaBa Grill. I’d call Mos the pioneer of SoCal style Teriyaki Chicken Bowls where chicken is charbroiled and served with a viscous Teriyaki sauce – the sauce is a lot sweeter and thicker than traditional teriyaki sauce. The original location opened in the 1980’s on Edinger in Santa Ana, near my alma mater, Mater Dei High School – it was called Mos Burger. I’m not sure if it was affiliated with the popular Mos Burger chain in Japan, but they do share the same logo, so I’m guessing there was a connection. At some point, they stop serving burgers and changed the name to Mos 2. and pretty much just served Teriyaki bowls and plates. The original Edinger location is long gone, but they still have a few locations in North Santa Ana and Anaheim. After all these years, it still tastes the same and definitely the best Teriyaki bowl you can get in Orange County. Now that I live thousands of miles away, I’ve figured out how to make it at home since it was a family favorite.
My copycat of Mos’ Teriyaki Sauce, viscous, sweet & delicious!
Grilling the chicken on a BBQ is how you replicate that delicious charbroiled flavor.
If someone knows the story behind Mos 2’s connection with Mos Burger from Japan, please let me know in the comments below.
I like to enjoy my teriyaki bowl with a salad of mixed greens, I’m still trying to figure out Mos’ unique salad dressing which is similar to French vinaigrette, so I’ve been using this Kewpie Deep Roasted Sesame Dressing for now. I also pan fried some Trader Joe’s Gyoza to serve on the side.