Ramen in Phoenix?
- JK Grence the Cosmic Jester Dec 22, 2008 09:31 PM
Before you think I've gone off the deep end, I'm not talking about the brick of fried noodles that you lived on back in college. I'm talking about the good ramen that you get at a Japanese restaurant. I know that my favorite Japanese place, Sushi Ken, has a terrific chashu ramen. I already looked at Cherryblossom, and sadly they only do soba and udon. Are there any other places around town that serve ramen... maybe if I'm lucky one that does tonkotsu?
4206 E Chandler Blvd, Phoenix, AZ 85048
On their regular dinner menu, Hana lists one ramen dish, which I have not tried.
Hana Japanese Eatery
5524 N 7th Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85013
I can do better than ramen, babydoll. Head over to Aloha Kitchen in Mesa, get the char-siu and wonton saimin. They do it right, it even has the fishcake and scallions on top; only missing the teriyaki brochette laid over the top of the bowl. They have a fried saimin that is probably closer to ramen --? But unnecessary, once you've had the good stuff.
link to menu -- http://www.alohakitchen.com/2005-05-2...
2950 S Alma School Rd # 12, Mesa, AZ
My husband is from Southern California and quite the ramen-lover. He thought he would be completely out of luck here in Phoenix, but he found The Cherry Blossom Noodle Cafe and thinks it is good and definitely satisfies his ramen cravings. I haven't been yet, but I trust his opinion since he's been eating ramen for years both in So. Cal. and Japan! :) Here's their website. http://www.cherryblossom-az.com/
What type of ramen are you looking for? Hakata, Sapporo, or Tokyo?
For Tokyo style ramen (pork bones, chicken stock, curly egg-y type noodles), you can probably get your fill at Sushi Ken.
I have yet to find anything resembling true Hakata style ramen in Phoenix. No one apparently has the gumption or patience to nurture the necessary pork broth. Cherry Blossom makes a good run at it, but the broth is thin and often too salty -- no umami.
I haven't even tried looking for a Sapporo style ramen joint. Sisphysian endeavor, to say the least.
I have always been a soba fan myself. The Yamakake soba at Sushi Ko in N. Scottsdale is really good (with a nice quail egg on top). I don't think anybody does it anywhere else in the Valley.
9301 E Shea Blvd Ste 123, Scottsdale, AZ 85260