Thursday, 18 July 2013

April Madness: Ramen New Flavor Battles

Yesterday I received two emails from different people with new flavor suggestions. I happen to like both ideas and so to celebrate the end of March Madness here in the US and to celebrate the fact that I’m a month behind in thinking about this, I’m starting a new flavor battle. Each round will feature 2 flavors. The winner will advance. I plan on running this all summer, so send in more ideas if you have them.

Ramen Flavor Battle: Round 1

Cajun (68%, 112 Votes) Barbecue (32%, 56 Votes)

Total Voters: 164

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Wednesday, 17 July 2013

April Madness: Ramen New Flavor Battles: Ranch vs Dorito


This is an epic battle that should have been posted yesterday but was not due to a mistake on my part. Who wins?

Ramen Flavor Battle: Round 1: Dorito vs Ranch

Dorito (64%, 102 Votes) Ranch (36%, 59 Votes)

Total Voters: 159

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Ramen vs Pho

Westword has an interesting article, that while focused on some Denver restaurants, provides a brief explanation of the difference between ramen and pho. I’ve had and love both, but I’ve never seen pho at the store for 20 cents a pack.

Here’s a snippet:

In a bowl of ramen, the long, curly noodles are made from wheat, which has the structure-giving gluten that pho’s rice noodles do not. Ramen stock is darker, richer and cloudy, often made from pork bones cooked at a rolling boil, whereas the base for pho is traditionally made from beef and scented with star anise, cinnamon and charred ginger.

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Ramen Dreams Chef Picks The Five Best Ramen Shops in the US

A fanatic ramen chef, Keizo Shimamoto, who eats 600 bowls a year, has picked his 5 favorite ramen shops in the US. Los Angeles did pretty well and I was surprised not to see SF on the list.  Here’s an excerpt, read the full story to see the list:

If you know me, then you know ramen rules my life. So when I was asked to compile a list of my top five ramen shops in the United States, then you know that this was no easy task. In the past six years I’ve probably slurped more bowls of ramen than any other American, including “a dream ramen journey” throughout Japan, spanning 21 cities and 55 bowls in 28 days, but there’s still very much that I need to learn about this freakish noodle dish. I initially moved to Japan to study how to make ramen because there wasn’t much I could consider “quality ramen” stateside — but with the “ramen boom” finally crossing the Pacific, there are several shops that deserve recognition.

What’s better is that you can also watch the full (short) movie called Ramen Dreams, which follows Keizo as he follows his ramen dream to a Tokyo. You can also just watch it below:

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