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The Tang (NYC)

[Translate] A recent dinner with a few friends at The Tang in East Village, we were pretty surprised how good this very small Szechuan restaurant is. It’s essentially a narrow restaurant that have about seven two-tops and a four top right behind the compact open kitchen that’s up at the front end of the restaurant. We started off with a smattering of (cold) small plates. The tofu dishes – Naughty tofu and Sesame tofu – were very tasty. For the ones who are sensitive to chili heat, the sesame tofu is your best bet. Cold, soft tofu wading in a..

Very Fresh Noodles (NYC)

[Translate] Very Fresh Noodles is one of the newest casual restaurant additions to the Chelsea Market that serves steaming bowls of biang biang noodles. It’s a small stall that has one chef stretching and pulling the fresh balls of dough with such force that you hear the broad bands of dough vibrate at the pull and loud thwack on to the counter. It’s a popular place to have these bowls of delicious noodles that even arriving during opening time on a Saturday morning, there’s a small crowd of people patiently waiting for their food. The flavor profiles of these noodles..

Universal Noodle Ramen Nagi (Taipei, Taiwan)

[Translate] Taipei has an abundance of soup and noodle shops but once in a while I do crave a good bowl ramen and based on what I’ve heard from friends, Universal Noodle Ramen Nagi Nagi quickly became one of the most popular Japanese ramen chains in Taipei. They offer more customization than other ramen restaurants by giving their customers a menu where their personal, desired choices can be circled. They offer four different pork soup bases and a fifth limited soup base that changes weekly. Their four pork soup bases are: Butao King (豚王): award winning tonkotsu pork broth prepared..

Dinner at Mechanko Tei

[Translate] *Note: All photos on this post are all taken with my iPhone 5.* Karaniku Tofu Recently, I went out with a friend for dinner at Menchanko Tei in Midtown East. This narrow, two story restaurant has a sturdy customer base of Japanese business people, where four beach-ball-sized round paper lanterns hover over the dining room, large color photos of Japanese street scenes decorate the walls, and the cooks are hidden in the basement kitchen. This restaurant may not be the hottest ramen restaurant in NYC but it serves authentic bowls of ramen. We started with deep fried karaniku tofu..

Dinner at Cheu Noodle Bar (Philadelphia, PA)

[Translate] Cheu Noodle Bar exterior; header of the menu; interior of the restaurant and the unique lamps hanging over the bar Cheu Noodle Bar is a very new restaurant located in Washington Square West neighborhood in Philly that is owned by two friends, chef Ben Puchowitz and Shawn Darragh. This restaurant started out with pop-up dinners and the restaurant came into full fruition in April. This narrow, 30-seat restaurant has red painted walls and one being shellacked with squiggly instant ramen bricks behind clear plastic with a collage wall above it, containing Chinese good luck phrases and what seemed like..

Yuji Ramen at Whole Foods Smorgasburg

[Translate] Yuji Ramen’s counter; Cold soba teas and Tsukemono pickles Whole Foods Smorgasburg recently chose Yuji Ramen, owned by Chef Yuji Haraguchi, as part of their pop-up vendor. I’m excited as my Asian self loves ramen, especially on chilly winter-like days we’re having here. Having lunch there on Saturday afternoon with a friend, we started with cups of cold soba tea ($2 each) and share a small bamboo boat of Tsukemono pickles ($3). The tea vaguely reminds me of genmaicha from the subtle toasty, nutty flavors in the tea. The pickles were the nukazuke variety consisting of gently briny cucumber,..

Ramen at Misoya (Before I Head Out to Chicago)

[Translate] A few days ago, I had a very filling lunch at Misoya Ramen with a friend. I’ve read around Chowhound that this ramen newcomer might be comparable to my favorite ramen restaurant Ippudo. Since I love to eat a soul warming bowl of ramen during the chilly Monday we had here, it doesn’t sound like a bad idea before I head out to my vacation to Chicago. This small, narrow restaurant was already packed with diners slurping their fairly large bowls of ramen. This sparked hopes that it’s actually pretty darn good. Interior wise, it’s pretty simple and almost..