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Nov 10, 2004 02:06 PM

DC and Ramen

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Here's an article from today's New York Times that will leave you desperate for some ramen. Not the packet kind, but the real deal:

Anybody know of a real Japanese ramen in DC?



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  1. Just read it, I'm with you!!! I need Ramen now!!!

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    1. re: red or green

      I read the article this afternoon too, and having been to Japan only 6 months ago, I still crave the good stuff. Are there ANY ramen soup places in the entire DC metro know, the small counter ones? Had a couple of times at various DC restaurants, but it's just not the same.

    2. I don't know that they're world-class (or NYC) quality, but both Daruma in Bethesda and Temari in Rockville make ramens that are quite tasty and restorative. I believe I've heard that Aji-Nippon (Bethesda) has some good noodle soups, as well, which might well include ramen -- but I haven't been yet, although I keep meaning to get over there for lunch.

      1. I lived in Japan for two years and ate a lot of ramen there.... but I have to admit, I'm not a huge fan of Japanese ramen-- I think it's a watered down version of Chinese ramen. However, if you want Japanese ramen, I've had a good bowl at Cafe Asia on I Street. Temari in Rockville is a good place to go (also check out thier omuraisu... the place is great at homey Japanese cooking).

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        1. re: aiyree

          I've been to Rai Rai Ken and Honmura An mentioned in the NYT article, I have to agree with aiyree that I prefer the Chinese version, if by that she (he) means the egg noodles typically served with bbq pork. When I take a break from my low carbing, I will do pizza and ramen, Chinese and Japanese style.

          Where's the best place for Chinese soup noodles, particularly NoVA? I think I had it once at Full Kee in Chinatown, a few times at Hope Kee before it closed down in Clarendon and once or twice at Full Kee in Falls Church. Others? Better?

          1. re: Minger

            It's not NoVA, but Chinatown Express in Chinatown is hands-down the best place for what I think you're looking for.

            China Town Express
            746 6th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

            1. re: sweth

              Just to clarify, I meant that Chinatown Express is the best place for Chinese soup noodles, not for ramen. I've yet to find a good ramen-ya in the DC area, although I've also yet to make it to Daruma or Temari.

            2. re: Minger

              For Chinese noodle soups I am partial to Miu Kee on Rte 50 in Falls Church in the same plaza as the IHOP/frozen dairy bar.

          2. Same here!!!! I had been in touch with an older woman I met on craigslist (her ex lived in japan) who recommended a place to me out in VA, but we lost contact before we could ever go out to eat....

            That does it! I am going up to Maryland THIS WEEKEND and I am gonna get me a bowl of ramen!

            1. real japanese style ramen is great. read the article and wish a ramenya was located near the balt./d.c region. nyc is def. undergoing a japanese flavored culinary direction.