Place: Ramen Tatsu-Ya South
Address: 1234 S. Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704
Ramen: Mi-So-Hot Ramen
Description: Blend of miso based tonkotsu soup with ground pork, napa cabbage, bean sprouts and ajitama egg & spicy.
REVIEW: Big flavor deep in the heart of Texas, will wonders ever cease! Great spice in a complex bowl of flavorful pork broth, the egg was on point, the toppings fresh and the portion size massive. A surprisingly elegant bowl, full of flavor and noodles.
Place: Momofuku Noodle Bar
Address: 171 1st Avenue, NYC, 10003
Dish: Spicy Miso Ramen
Description: smoked chicken, poached egg, sesame
REVIEW: Big David Chang fan but a midday 55-minute wait, better be worth it. Bright looking bowl but the chicken was fatty & gristly, the broth was overly smokey with no layered flavors and the egg was uninspired. Overall disappointing! Still a fan of Chang though!
I love it when a new ramen joint opens up in town and I love it even more when that new ramen joint is walking distance from home…. my belly or cholesterol level may not be happy but I am! So it was with unbridled enthusiasm on a sunny Saturday afternoon that the wife and I decided to give the new noodle-slurping shop a try and Im glad we did, Coco’s Ramen is a welcome addition to the neighborhood.
Connected to Crazy Sushi, Coco’s boasts a simple menu but with six different ramen broths to choose from, there are a few options. I decided to against the norm and order the Curry Ramen, which calls itself “flavorful – a curry base with pork and chicken stock”. All ramens come with nori, assorted veggies and of course an egg. I asked for it spicy with some black garlic and I of course ordered a second egg. When my bowl arrived, I was greeted with a deep mustard colored visual and a smell of light japanese curry! The broth was thick, the flavor was excellent and not-overpowering which is exactly what I was hoping for. The pork/chicken broth shone through and the curry was a delicious accent instead of a majority stakeholder. The veggies were fresh (big hunks of potato and carrot throughout), the pork was delicate and the two eggs were wonderful companions to the as-advertised “flavorful” broth. If there was one downside, I would say it was the noodles, as to me, they didn’t taste fresh.
While I enjoyed the Curry Ramen, I haven’t been back (mainly due to work travel) but I am excited to try another dish (my wife loved her Tonkotsu Ramen) especially since its in the ‘hood. Coco’s Ramen is a welcome addition to my personal lazy-susan of Ramen shops and with a close location and multiple choices I see many repeat visits in my future.
Dish: Curry Ramen w. additional Egg & black garlic
Location: Coco’s Ramen
Address: 3319 Mission St., San Francisco, CA, 415-648-7722