09 January 2018

Ichiran... ❤

My son is a foodie.  A real foodie.  At 13 (well, almost 13).  Last week, he requested that we go out and try out a new place.  I love that he's game.  I've been hearing about this ramen place where they serve only one type of ramen (tonkotsu ramen), where each person gets a "booth" to themselves, where the entire experience is done with very minimal human interaction.  The weather has been cool (it's around 8°C /45°F today) and I thought it'd be nice to check out Ichiran and have a nice, hot bowl of ramen.

Off we went and made it there by 12 noon.  We were congratulating ourselves for getting there early enough that we didn't have to queue up.  Once inside, though, we realized that we'd patted ourselves on the back too soon. There was a line inside that snaked around.  We decided to just wait since we were there already.  About 30 minutes in, we were finally seated at our respective booths.  I just call them booths, but essentially, you are seated along a bar, but there are dividers between you and the people on both sides of you.

They handed each of us an order slip where we could indicate our preferences on how our ramen would be prepared:  the richness of the stock, firmness of the noodles, the spice level, how much garlic we'd like, whether or not we'd like spring onions and/or the pork slices.  We could also indicate if we'd like extra sides (dried seaweed, salted egg, mushrooms, etc.)  Both of us mainly went with the recommended selections, but opted to up the garlic level. 

You press a button, someone comes to take the order slip.  You get a cup (for water that you self-serve from your own tap on the table in front of you) and chopsticks. When your order is ready, they serve it to you and bring down the bamboo curtain that separates you from the area where the food is prepared, leaving you to savor your ramen in peace.

Singwa - Wed, 10 Jan 2018

It was easily one of the best ramen I've had... ever.  The broth was so flavorful, the noodles were just right.  The word that both J and I kept saying as we were eating --flavorful.  Suffice it to say that we will be going back there again... and again... and again.   I won't say more.

Once done, we grabbed our order slip, a copy of which was discreetly placed in a holder on our table, and went out to pay.  By then, there was long line, not just inside the restaurant, but also outside, down the block!  See?

If you ever are in Hong Kong (or Japan or Taipei or Brooklyn, NY), do check out Ichiran.  Don't let the long queues deter you. The ramen is well worth the wait!


Tamar SB said...

I love following your foodie adventures!!

Pea bea said...

I confess that I like Ramen Noodles (the really cheap packages that you just boil in water) with a certain peanut butter cracker, but I can only imagine they are nothing in comparison to an actual ramen recipe. Sounds like a truly unique experience. You have such great times with your kids. :)

Peabea@Peabea Scribbles

Ruth Rieckehoff said...

Here in Los Angeles people are crazy about ramen. Tonkotsu ramen is the bomb and I love places that specialize on it. We usually have to make a line to order and get food (but it is worth it).

Sharon said...

I love ramen! This sounds SO good! And it looks yummy, too.

Erica Sta said...

Looks delicious!

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elizabeth said...

This sounds and looks so delicious! My mouth is watering!

Amy Franks said...

It sounds delicious, no wonder the line was so long.

Kelleyn Rothaermel said...

This looks so delicious! My son has requested a Ramen Cake this year meaning he wants a cake that looks like a bowl of Ramen noodles.

Jill Harrison said...

this sounds and looks delicious. I will need to look out for it. Thanks for taking us along. I wish we had "smell" vision! Happy weekend.

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