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where to get cold ramen?

noot Jun 28, 2007 09:41 AM

Sapporo on W 49th street serves a <very tasty> cold ramen dish during the summer but I no longer work in the neighborhood - anything on the east side (preferably between houston and the 40s) that has something like it? I've had the hot ramen at Menchanko Tei but I'm not sure if they have a cold ramen dish.

  1. Andrew P. Jun 28, 2007 05:50 PM

    It's not in your neighborhood, but Momofuku has a tsukemen dish with peas, pork, nori, scallions and dipping sauce, with a poached egg on top. I had it the other night and it was delicious, excellent summer food.

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    1. re: Andrew P.
      raji212 Jun 28, 2007 06:48 PM

      how were the noodles?? so so important with tsukemen...

      1. re: raji212
        Andrew P. Jun 28, 2007 11:07 PM

        a big tangle of noodles. linguine-like in shape with a delicious chewy texture. mmm. i wasn't expecting it to be a very filling dish, but it really was. i just popped the poached egg all over the noodles, tossed it all together, and used the soup spoon provided to dunk bites in the separate bowl of broth-like dipping sauce.

    2. Deenso Jun 28, 2007 11:51 AM

      Menchanko Tei's cold noodle dish (hiyashi) is very good. We tried the hiyashi at Rai Rai Ken last night and we enjoyed it. They had another cold noodle dish - something with ground pork - that's next on my list.

      The suggestion from raji212, for Saburi, is one I'll follow up on very soon, since it's only a block from my new office.

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      1. re: Deenso
        kenito799 Jun 28, 2007 12:00 PM

        The cold pork ramen at Rai Rai Ken is Chinese-style...the hiyashi is much better. Love those apples, sundried tomatoes, bamboo shoots, pickled ginger, vinegary dressing...yum

        1. re: Deenso
          noot Jun 28, 2007 12:00 PM

          Thanks all for the multiple suggestions. Since I live right by Saburi thats first on my list, can't wait!

          1. re: Deenso
            raji212 Jun 28, 2007 01:55 PM

            Saburi is completely off the radar and is the ONLY "wafuuchuuka" restaurant in all of NYC. Wafuuchuuka is the style of chinese food you'll find in Japan. Not as heavy and using much better ingredients. As all ramen is a Chinese dish, ALL of their noodle dishes are very very good. I can also tell you that their ebi-chili, harumaki, mabotofu, butakakuni, all amazing, you will not find these this good elsewhere in the area


            click on the menu items to see pics

            When you go tell Sai-san or Mika-san that Raji sent you

            1. re: raji212
              Deenso Jun 28, 2007 04:56 PM

              "When you go tell Sai-san or Mika-san that Raji sent you."

              Too late. I couldn't stand that it was only a block from my office, so we went right after work tonight. Excellent! And very nice, friendly service from the lone waiter.

              See - this is why I love Chowhound.

              1. re: Deenso
                raji212 Jun 28, 2007 06:47 PM

                It's really a sleeper... and a menu that takes 3-4 visits to truly explore... but with pitchers of Japanese draft available, shochu and the elusive shaoxing wine they carry (a favorite of Hideki Matsui), as well as the snapping turtle and snake liquors, go back often!

              2. re: raji212
                Lau Jun 29, 2007 05:42 AM

                what else is good at saburi? i went there about a year and half ago, i thought it was good, but havent been back since

                1. re: Lau
                  raji212 Jun 29, 2007 06:33 AM

                  The dishes he and iron chef Chin Kenichi are famous for are the ones to go for:

                  Ebi Chili is amazing
                  Kani Tama
                  Yuba harumaki
                  buta kakuni

                  They have daily specials which is always good to go for

                  1. re: raji212
                    Lau Jul 6, 2007 04:19 AM

                    mmm sounds good, i think ill try it this weekend and report back

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              randumbposter Jun 28, 2007 10:27 AM

              try the tsukemen at menchanko tei . the spicy miso flavor is kind of like eating ja jiang mien , its pretty good. cafe zaiya does hiyashi chuuka for 6.75 .

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                smcgill Jun 28, 2007 10:07 AM

                Menchanko Tei does indeed have cold ramen--hiyashi chuka.

                Cold sesame noodles too!

                1. bigjeff Jun 28, 2007 10:05 AM

                  they have a cold ramen thing at rai rai ken which I enjoyed. not sure how traditional it might be because it tasted almost salad-y but, it was really good.

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                  1. re: bigjeff
                    bigjeff Jun 28, 2007 08:16 PM

                    setagaya was too crowded tonight, so we ended up walking to rai rai ken; but with all this talk about cold noodles, I ordered the hayashichuka and quite refreshing for tonight's humidity. but this place saburi below sounds excellent; not in the area often but next time, o next time.

                  2. raji212 Jun 28, 2007 09:54 AM

                    Saburi @ 30th and Lexington serves a GREAT hiyashichuuka - king of cold ramen

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