It was strange, while we were in NYC we didn’t really have too much Asian food. If there’s one thing we do it better here in Vancouver, it’s definitely that. I guess we’re used to always having a plethora of delicious Asian cuisine at cheap prices within steps of wherever we are so we take it for granted most times. However, our good friend CRPP said that we had to visit Momofuku Noodle Bar while we were in NYC. And as we all know, I love ramen so how could I say no?
I really loved the atmosphere inside. It’s really catered towards people who are constantly on the go and are probably on a quick lunch. We stopped by after our absolute last shopping session.
We started off with the pork buns which CRPP specifically told us we had to try. The buns were soft and delicious like the Siopao buns I oh so love. It had pork, hoisin sauce, scallions, and thinly sliced cucumbers. Perfect appetizer.
I could eat ramen everyday and still love it. For my main meal I decided to go with the Spicy Miso Ramen which had smoked chicken, Swiss chard, and sesame. The noodles were soft and chewy and the broth not too spicy or salty. It was just right :) Even in the absurd NYC heat, I thoroughly enjoyed this big bowl of noodles that left my stomach feeling tres happy.
Momofuku Noodle Bar is located at:
171 1st Ave
New York, NY
There are only a few restaurants that I will go to more than once or twice because I would much rather try and discover new places. However, once you find something you love it’s really hard to keep yourself from coming back. This is the case for the tasty Tan Tan Noodle which you can get at Nan Chuu Japanese Izakaya in Richmond.
I first fell in love with the Tan Tan Noodle at G-Men Ramen in Richmond and was heartbroken the day it closed down. Not going to lie, it was bleak for the next couple months that followed. That’s why when I got word that G-Men Ramen had reopened as Nan Chuu Japanese Izakaya, I immediately rushed down to see if my beloved Tan Tan Noodle had returned. It had. *cue The Turtle’s Happy Together*
The Tan Tan noodle is a nice blend of the sweetness of the peanut butter with a hint of spicy. The soup is on the thicker side which will leave you in a food coma once you’re done slurping up the whole bowl. It’s also topped with pork that is always cooked past the point of perfection that is beyond soft and deeeeelicious!
When you go, I also recommend the Ebi Mayo. Deep fried shrimp topped with a delicious mayonnaise sauce? How can you say no?
So go check it out! It will definitely not disappoint.
Nan Chuu Japanese Izakaya is located at:
8391 Alexandra Rd
To check out my attempt at making a home made version of the Tan Tan Noodle, check out my entry in the “recipes” section.
What can we say, we love our noodles. Whether it’s Ramen, Pho, Udon, we can’t get enough of it. But how do you fulfill your craving on those days where you’re too lazy to get out of the house? Everyone has a back up stash of instant noodles in their pantry somewhere. We’ll show you how to take your instant noodles one step further with the addition of some basic contents you can easily find in your fridge!
Backstory: The concept of adding an egg and cheese to instant noodles was initially introduced to us by our friend April a couple years ago. We’ve decided to put our own twist on it by adding peanut better in order to somewhat imitate Nan Chuu Japanese Izakaya‘s Tan-Tan Noodle (one of my absolute faves!). Yes it sounds weird, but I swear your tummy will be warm and happy after this.
What you’ll need
- 1 Kimchi Noodle Bowl
- 1 Egg
- 1 Slice of cheese (whatever your preference is)
- 1 Dollop of peanut butter
- 1 Sheet of Yaki Nori
I will be using a Kimchi Noodle Bowl (You know the kind, we’ve all had these since high school when you needed lunch and all you had was a dollar). The best part with this recipe is that you can finish cooking and start eating in 5-10 minutes!
1. Empty the uncooked noodles into a separate bowl and fill the original one with water up to the inner line.
2. Boil water then dump the noodles into the pot and let it soften.
3. Add the prepackaged seasoning.
4. Crack one egg (Tip: Mix immediately with the noodles. If not you’ll end up with a boiled egg).
5. Add a dollop of peanut butter and mix.
6. Dump contents of pot into a bowl. Top with a slice of cheese and cut up the Yaki Nori (Put as much as you want I love lots).
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