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Ramen in Monmouth County?

now that the weather is getting colder i am just craving a big bowl of ramen....is there ANYWHERE in Monmouth County to get a bowl of ramen? Right now it looks like Rai Rai Ramen in North Bruns is the closest i can find....but an hour is a long way! HELP!

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  1. Ming Ying has some really delicious Ramen style Noodle soups ....I love the shrimp Dumpling soup also...

    80 Montgomery Avenue
    Long Branch, NJ 07740
    (732) 564-7413

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    Ying Restaurant
    520 W Side Ave, Jersey City, NJ 07304

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    1. re: Tapas52

      Wasabi 34 in Matawan has a lunch special for $5.95:

      Ramen (spicy)
      japanese noodle soup with mix vegetable, dumpling, fish cake, and egg

      Comes with salad. And supposedly soup as well, though that might be a little redundant.

      I haven't tried it.. I don't eat many noodles, but there's a picture of it on their website, www.wasabi34.com under "Special Lunch Menu"

      1. re: Tapas52

        Yes! Tapas...I live right around the corner from "Yingy" as we affectionately call it and order the roast pork and shrimp dumpling noodle soup regualrly! As much as I LOVE LOVE LOVE it, I wouldnt compare it to a true Japanese Ramen.....but I love my "yingy" LOL

        1. re: stack_c

          stack I hear you........Ming Ying is one of my favorites also......and I dont have to travel very far....but I'm sure there is more authentic Ramen dishes around the state.

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          Ying Restaurant
          520 W Side Ave, Jersey City, NJ 07304

        2. re: Tapas52

          Tapas - the noodle bowls @ Ming Ying are pretty good but they are absolutely not comparable to real Japanese ramen.

          BTW Kwong Fat in Eatontown also does a decent Chinese noodle bowl also.

          stack - I haven't been to Rai Rai but the only other Ramen place I know worth mentioning in NJ is Santouka in the Edgewater Mitsuwa. Man that slow roasted pork and broth kill me... if you're in the Long Branch area you can get to Edgewater in a little more than an hour, and all the goodies at Mitsuwa make the trip worthwhile...

          Noodle bowls really are great in the winter! Pho, Udon, Ramen, Champong, I love them all!

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          Kwong Fat Restaurant
          613 Hope Rd, Eatontown, NJ 07724

          Ying Restaurant
          520 W Side Ave, Jersey City, NJ 07304

          1. re: joonjoon

            Ok, but who makes a great PHO in Monmouth County??

            1. re: sockster

              sockster - im stumped on this one too! Would love to know!

              1. re: stack_c

                I liked Saigon II for pho, but it is gone for now, and this seems to be hijacking the thread on ramen.

                1. re: equal_Mark

                  Interesting fact :The owner of Saigon II son is working as a waiter at Kanji. He confirmed they are working on a new place!!

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                  Saigon II
                  650 Newman Springs Rd, Lincroft, NJ 07738

        3. I recently went into Ming Ying and ordered the noodle soup with pork and shrimp dumplings. The woman at the counter apologized for the long wait-----they were making the dumplings from scratch. It was well worth the wait----the soup, especially the dumplings were delicious. The shrimp inside the dumplings were so tasty, I can't wait to go back and order it again. I ordered takeout, so the broth was in a separate contained from the rest of the soup ingredients, which was a nice touch. I also tried the Thai fried rice with beef and that was also very good. I can't wait to try more items on their menu!

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          1. re: DinnerChick11

            There is no doubt the Ming Ying produces some really good food. A lot has been written about them on these boards, (esp. their shrimp dumplings). .Although not as authentic Chinese food like let's say Shanghai Bun in Matawan, for these parts (and I'm from here), I'm glad we have a place like MY nearby.

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            Shanghai Bun Restaurant
            952 State Route 34 Ste 6, Matawan, NJ 07747

            Ying Restaurant
            520 W Side Ave, Jersey City, NJ 07304

            1. re: sockster

              I've recently become enamored of Ming Ying's fried shrimp dumplings with hot sesame sauce...