Oh man… it’s been about 2 months since my last post… This is what happens when life gets in the way… But I’m glad to say that lots of good things have happened since my last post – including the trip to New York, which was amazing!! I want to share with you all the cool stuff that we did, but first up – my favourite topic, FOOD and lots of it!!
Now in my last post, I talked about some of the foodie shows on Netflix that had given me “food-spiration” for New York. And because D and I are super-ramen fans since our Japan trips, we really wanted to go to Ivan Ramen and Momofuku.
We were really lucky because Ivan Ramen had a special event on when we were there – a collaboration with Black Project beer, which meant that we could book a table 🙂 The starters on the menu were really interesting – and I would have totally gone for the fried chicken but we decided to go for something a bit different, the Miso Roasted Cauliflower. And oh wow, it was so moreish!! Like a subtle fusion cauliflower cheese with smoky miso umami gorgeousness. My mouth is watering just thinking about it!
Then came the ramen – Tokyo Shio Ramen for me, and Tokyu Shoyu Ramen for D. They both looked deceptively simple in presentation but so complex in flavour. Unlike some other ramen places, the noodles aren’t drowned in loads of watery broth; the bowl is quite shallow but with just enough of the broth which is strong. The roasted tomato in mine was a great touch – the juices of the sweet tomato made all the flavours pop! Also, the noodles were the perfect texture – I loved it!
A few days later, we stopped for lunch at Momofuku Noodle Bar, also in the Lower East. I liked to minimalist Japanese feel of the restaurant – lots of wood and clean lines.
This time, we had the Shrimp Bao. We were sitting at the bar so we watched the guys cook, watching our shrimp patty turn a beautiful golden brown on the grill. It was really good – I could’ve had about five of those bao. Seriously!
So then it was ramen time – no messin’ about, we both had the Pork Ramen. Now this ramen was a bit different – there was pork belly and shredded pork shoulder, and the egg was soft poached. The egg was a bit too soft for me – I prefer the bite of the white in a soft boiled egg. BUT! The pork belly was an absolute triumph for me. They finish it on the grill so the fat is a bit crispy – hands down, the best pork belly I’ve had in a ramen. Ever!
So……. the winner??
It’s too close to call!! I really don’t want to sit on the fence but both broths had strong umami game, as for the other parts…
Ivan’s noodles, egg and tomato + Momofuku’s pork belly = UBER-ramen.
I think I’m onto something!?!
Visit: 25 Clinton Street, New York, NY 10002 or 600 11th Avenue, New York, NY 10036
Facebook: Ivan Ramen
Momofuku Noodle Bar
Visit: 171 1st Ave, New York, NY 10003 or see website for other restaurants in the Momofuku group