Ramen


May 16, 2016

Itani Ramen’s Gyoza Machine

by Kayoko

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Kyle Itani used to have midnight ramen pop-ups at his Oakland restaurant, Hopscotch, a few years ago and Yoko and I would sneak in and snag a table.

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April 4, 2016

Take-Chan Niboshi Ramen in Tokyo

by Kayoko

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The best bowl of ramen we ate on our last trip to Japan was in the Chofu neighborhood of Tokyo.

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March 18, 2016

Itani Ramen Now Open (For the Moment)

by Kayoko

We’ve all been patiently waiting for Itani Ramen to open its doors. The time has come… THIS WEEKEND!

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February 1, 2016

Umami Map: Top 3 Ramen Spots in the Bay Area

by Kayoko

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Ramen is a touchy subject in the Bay Area. Scratch that, it is a touchy subject ANYWHERE.

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September 21, 2015

Noraneko Ramen in PDX

by yoko

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Kayoko and I rolled into Portland at around 3pm from Seattle during the first days of summer — and Portland delivered on their end of the summer deal.

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August 31, 2015

Richmen Redux: Ramen Shop’s NEW Noodle-Making Machine from Japan

by yoko

DSC_1224Remember when the Ramen Shop guys brought the 500 pound Richmen, the massive ramen noodle making machine to Umami Mart back in October 2012?!

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May 28, 2015

Umami Map: 24 Hours in Osaka

by Kayoko

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Growing up, I would visit Japan about once every two years or so. It would always be to see our extended family, who all lived in the Tokyo area.

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January 22, 2015

Furochan Eats: Ramen Is Not Dead. It’s Just Getting Started

by Furo-chan

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Sometime last week, Dave Chang of Momofuku fame declared ramen dead (in the States). You can read his diatribe in its entirety over at Lucky Peach, but he makes several ludicrous claims there, including, “Access to instantaneous information from the Internet has killed innovation in ramen,” “Ramen was always a fringe pursuit in Japan” and, most absurd of all, “Ramen is not supposed to be about shared experiences; ramen is food for those who don’t want to be part of the mainstream.”

This is, of course, a whole crock of horse shit.

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October 27, 2014

The Ramen Shaman: Jiraiya (Suzumenomiya)

by Will VanderWyden

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Fall has arrived in Tokyo and with it an indefatigable sense of nostalgia, or natsukashisa.

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September 8, 2014

The Ramen Shaman: Menya Musashi (Shinjuku)

by Will VanderWyden

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Menya Musashi’s namesake is one Miyamoto Musashi, regarded as one of Japan’s greatest swordsmen and creator of the two-handed swordfighting technique niten-ryu, which translates to “Tarantino Wet Dream.” According to legend he never lost a duel in over 50 years as a wandering warrior — which I am inclined to believe since back then you could embellish a dragon killing into a story at will.

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