so many Clinton Street restaurants to try, so little time! only 9 days left in the hood and finally tried Ivan Ramen 🍜 the triple pork triple garlic mazemen was INCREDIBLE and I'm kicking myself for waiting this long to try it 💛
📍@ramenjunkie on the LES
I honestly cannot believe I have not gone to Shojo until last night. My coworker has been telling me to go for the last few years. I never seemed to make my way over until yesterday when I met up with my OG food date, Michelle.
We ordered a few dishes to share - this mazemen dish stuck out to me in particular. Maybe it was the garlic flavors, I love that flavor profile (vampires, be afraid). It is a simple dish, and very well balanced with its well-cooked noodles, not being too dry, and also spot-on ratio of noodles to veggies.
Michelle and I were delaying ordering food for some time due to being chatty and catching up, but this dish provided the both of us with a moment of silence (and noodle slurps). I will need to go back to dive into their drink menu.
[Mushroom Mazemen at @shojoboston: soy braised shiitake, pea greens, crispy garlic, radish]
Yume wo katare offers a lobster mazemen for the iconoclasts of the ramen world. Often set aside for ignorant ramen "lovers" with fat wallets, lobster is rarely used well in ramen. However, yume wo katare breaks the trend by maximizing the flavor of the lobster while keeping the dish focused on the thick, chewy, udon-like noodles (obviously not biased towards high qq noodles). The small bites of lobster along with a broth that resembles mix between a French, thickened consume and a Taiwanese influenced Japanese tan tan sauce makes this perfect for a summer day. 7/10
Crunchy Maze-men - クランチーマゼマン *September Special* @ramenraijin
September had arrived. Can’t believe this summer season had passed by quickly. Guess what it means? New seasonal ramen specials had arrived.
Let’s begin with Ramen Raijin – Crunchy Maze-men
Maze-men are soupless ramen with a base sauce with various toppings on top. All you need is to mix everything together, and enjoy. Raijin’s Crunchy Maze-men consists warm seasoned noodle, diced pork cha shu, seasoned soft boiled egg, beansprout, tenkatsu, fried noodle, green onion, nori seaweed, chilli pepper, & lime. Seasoned noodles are well flavoured with enhanced crunchy texture of different toppings on top. Moreover, lime juice does added value toward this combination.
From Raijin’s previous maze-men creations, they love to use tenkatsu as their toppings. Tenkatsu (天かす) were also known as tempura bits. They are crunchy bits of deep fried flour-batter used in Japanese cuisine. Tenkatsu were commonly used as toppings in many Japanese style dishes, such as soba, udon, takoyaki and okonomiyaki. It does enhance the crunchiness texture of noodles. Beansprout itself had a genuine texture while it gives a little moisture to this noodles mix. Most importantly, this is my first time seeing fried noodle bits at Raijin’s ramen special. You can find fried noodles bits in Raijin’s egg salad. This time, you can try this at their crunchy maze-men. Overall, the combination of these toppings does have a nice crunchiness element in it. Overall, I do enjoy this ramen creation.
Ramen Raijin. Thank you for the ramen once again
See you next time.
Anthoni’s Ramen Adventure Continues
Apologies for the shameless plug! I'm so proud of my friend Yuji of Yuji Ramen/Okonomi, which was featured on Aziz Ansari's show "Master of None." The food is always fresh and delicious. If y'all are ever in Brooklyn definitely visit. Congratulations on all your success Yuji San! WU Pride! =o) .
The dishes in order by slide are: smoked salmon and cheese mazemen, bacon and egg mazemen, shoyu ramen, Joto sake and today's menu with several items sold out.
When people ask me what ramen restaurants they should go to in Dallas, Ten Ramen is one of the two I recommend. Their tonkotsu broth is so consistent, delicious and creamy. Their Chashu is thick and well-seasoned as well. One of my favorite bowls in Texas.