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10 Sensational Stops for Japanese Food in Shinjuku, Tokyo

Jay Friedman 9 comments

If you're visiting Tokyo for business or pleasure, there's a good chance you'll be staying in the Shinjuku area. Arrive at night, and you'll feel like an alien (or perhaps a replicant?) amidst all the neon in the Blade Runner-like atmosphere. And while amazing Japanese food surrounds you, that alien feeling may challenge you in navigating the streets (addresses are difficult in Japan), not to mention the menus, and perhaps even the basic how-tos of ordering and etiquette. Read on for a list of essential Japanese dishes to eat in Tokyo and our favorite spots to enjoy them, all right in the Shinjuku area. More

How Ivan Orkin is Changing New York's Ramen Cuisine

J. Kenji López-Alt 26 comments

With the opening of his flagship restaurant on the Lower East Side, Ivan Orkin brings a wacky touch to New York's somewhat staid ramen scene. Beyond the lighter, less fatty ramen broths (a refreshing change-up from the New York standard), he now has menu items like fried tofu with Coney Island chili sauce and roast pork onigiri topped with tomato. Orkin's new restaurant shows the potential for ramen to join the broader category of American cuisine. More

The Fresh Ramen Kits From Sun Noodle Will Knock Your Socks Off

J. Kenji López-Alt 42 comments

Here's something you may not know: Sun Noodle, the noodle supplier for some of the finest ramen shops on both coasts, produces refrigerated packs of fresh ramen noodles paired with concentrated sauce bases intended to be cooked just like instant ramen. I headed over to Mitsuwa in New Jersey and got my hands on their four flavors—shoyu, tonkotsu, tan tan, and miso—and gave 'em a taste to see how they stack up to local ramen shops and other instant noodle brands. More

Pai Men Miyake's Chirashi, a One-Bowl Meal for Sashimi Lovers in Portland, ME

Hub Grub Liz Bomze 3 comments

Though "chirashi" literally translates to "scattered," I always think of classic chirashi as the composed salad of sushi preparations: a bed of vinegared rice overlaid with fanned out fish fillets and tidy bunches of vegetables set just so. The chirashi at Pai Men Miyake is particularly nice and well portioned for the price. More

Eat This Now: Tonkotsu Ramen from Strings Ramen in Chinatown

Chicago Dennis Lee 10 comments

I was excited to see the opening of Strings Ramen in Chinatown just a few doors down from The Phoenix Room. I got even more excited when I saw the menu only has four bowls of ramen on it, because I'd rather see a place with a few items it does well rather than a billion things it does a mediocre job with (I'm looking at you, Cheesecake Factory). More

Lunch in the Loop: Ramen and Skewers at Ajida

Chicago Dennis Lee 5 comments

While the onslaught of new ramen restaurants seems to have died down a bit lately, Ajida opened up quietly on Wells just over a month ago. I'm used to ramen stands being a little beat up and homey looking, but that's probably just the Asian romantic in me. Mostly because I am, in fact, Asian. More

Two New(ish) Ramens Worth Slurping in Seattle's Other Japantown

Eating Asian Jay Friedman 1 comment

4649 Restaurant and Ramen Man are steps apart from each other, but each one brings its own distinct style to the bourgeoning Wallingford Japantown. More

Chuko's Vegetarian Ramen is Awesome

New York Lauren Rothman 9 comments

Chuko opened in 2011 and continues to draw enough of a dinner crowd that evening waits for a table can stretch perilously close to one hour. But the idea of ramen on a bitingly cold day is too good to pass up, and for the vegetarian noodle-lover, there's good news: Chuko does a great bowl of meat-free ramen. More

Offal Specialist Takashi Serves an All-Beef Late-Night Ramen

New York Craig Cavallo 2 comments

Beef offal specialist Takashi recently started a late-night ramen menu by reservation only. Forget pork tonkotsu; here's ramen with Kobe beef belly. More

7 Great Asian Noodle Soups in Boston

Hub Grub Liz Bomze 9 comments

I never need an excuse to eat Asian noodle soups, but it being the dead of winter and the start of Chinese New Year, the timing seemed particularly good for rounding up a few of my favorites. More

The Food Lab: Homemade Shin Cup-Style Spicy Korean Ramyun (Beef Noodle Soup)

The Food Lab J. Kenji López-Alt 27 comments

A homemade version of the wildly popular (and wildly delicious) Shin Cup Ramyun Korean instant noodle, flavored with beef and spicy chilies. More

Homemade Shin Cup-Style Spicy Korean Ramyun Beef Noodle Soup

Serious Eats J. Kenji López-Alt 14 comments

A homemade version of Korean-style spicy beef instant noodles made with short ribs, Korean chili paste, and kimchi. More

Ivan Ramen's Slurp Shop: Damn the Authenticity, Full Speed Ahead

New York J. Kenji López-Alt 24 comments

Ivan Ramen's Slurp Shop is open, and it's good. Really, really good. The last great ramen rush in New York was all about the pork. It's not until the last year or so that we've been dipping our feet into craziness that is modern ramen. Slurp Shop marks New York's first headlong dive, and it's fitting that a Jewish guy from Long Island is bringing it to us, leaving authenticity far behind in the dust. More

Read This Now: "Pretty Good Number One," A Fish-Out-of-Water Tokyo Tale

J. Kenji López-Alt 6 comments

I interviewed author Matthew Amster-Burton, one of the funniest writers I know, about his new book, Pretty Good Number One, which details his experiences eating around Tokyo. Plus, a ramen-filled excerpt from the book! More

Trendy Asian Favorites Done Well at Philly's CHeU Noodle Bar

Hub Grub Liz Bomze 4 comments

It feels a little trite to report about another Momofuku-ish noodle joint, but the food at Philly's CHeU Noodle Bar is worth talking about. More

Why Have I Been to Ivan Ramen 6 Times in 14 Days?

New York Brian Koppelman 4 comments

I am a ramen freak. This is something I didn't really know about myself until about 14 days ago when I waked into Ivan Ramen Slurp Shop in the newly opened Gotham West Market. I've been back five times since they opened. I'd admit to six, but that would be a little embarrassing. More

The Food Lab: Turkey Paitan Ramen With Crispy Shredded Turkey and Slow-Cooked Egg

The Food Lab J. Kenji López-Alt 8 comments

Turkey soup is all well and good for the day after Thanksgiving, and what's more, it's a snap to make. But sometimes I don't feel like making things snappy. Sometimes I feel like investing a bit more time into my scraps. Sometimes I feel like I want my home to smell like simmering turkey broth for an entire day before I get to dig into the fruits of my labor (or really, the fruits of my stove's labor, because it does the lion's share of work in this recipe). Enter Turkey Paitan Ramen. More

Turkey Paitan Ramen With Crispy Turkey and Soft Cooked Egg

Serious Eats J. Kenji López-Alt 6 comments

A rich and creamy turkey broth flavored with miso and sesame with crispy braised turkey meat, a soft boiled egg, and Brussels sprouts leaves. More

Enter Our NYC Ramen Map Giveaway and Never Go Without Noodles Again

New York The Serious Eats Team Closed

All You Can Eat Press, the team behind the doughnut and burger maps of New York, are at it again with one of our favorite bowls of noodle soup: ramen. You can score a free one here. More

The Ramen Rater Tests the Rapid Ramen Cooker

The Ramen Rater 17 comments

The Ramen Rater takes the Rapid Ramen Cooker, which claims to cook bowls of instant noodles in the microwave perfectly every time, for a spin. More

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