To Slurp or Not to Slurp

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A bowl of ramen consists of four core elements: broth, tare, noodles, and toppings. With several varieties within each element, every ramen shop crafts its own "blend", usually specializing in one style of ramen. From the familiar tonkotsu ramen to the underrated tsukemen, our popular ramen tasting will explore the basic characteristics of a number of established regional styles and the myriad varieties of ramen being served every day across the U.S. Make sure to grab tickets to our NY Slurpfest on October 20th before they sell out!

Brooklyn Ramen (Brooklyn, NY)
Lobster Abura-Soba

LUCKYRICE: Why did you choose to serve a soba dish over ramen?

Brooklyn Ramen: The word soba means "noodle" in general, not just the commonly thought of soba noodle. Some refer to this style of ramen as "abura soba", "maze soba", or "mazemen".


LUCKYRICE: When enjoying a bowl of ramen, you should _____ and shouldn't _____.

Brooklyn Ramen: You should slurp the noodles and eat them in 10 minutes...and should not ask for a fork - use chopsticks!


LUCKYRICE: Broth, tare, noodles, or toppings - which is the most important element for a great bowl of ramen?

Brooklyn Ramen: Hands down, tare.


LUCKYRICE: To slurp with or without (lots of) sound?

Brooklyn Ramen: Slurp with lots of sound!


LUCKYRICE: Favorite late night snack?

Brooklyn Ramen: Dunkin Donuts.

Menya Musashi (Hawaii/Tokyo)
Musashi Tsukemen

LUCKYRICE: Why did you choose to serve tsukemen, where noodles are served separately and dipped into a bowl of broth?  

Menya Musashi: I want to promote and introduce the qualities of tsukemen to people in NYC and have them enjoy something that is not always readily available in the city.


LUCKYRICE: When enjoying a bowl of ramen, you should _____ and shouldn't _____.

Menya Musashi: You should eat it right when it is served as that's the perfect soup temperature and texture of the noodles...and should not waste time by talking.


LUCKYRICE: Broth, tare, noodles, or toppings - which is the most important element for a great bowl of ramen?

Menya Musashi: The balance and how all of these things work together.


LUCKYRICE: To slurp with or without (lots of) sound?

Menya Musashi: Slurp....LOUD.


LUCKYRICE: Favorite late night snack?

Menya Musashi: Beer and Peanuts.

Ramen Tatsu-ya (Austin, TX)
Texas Tsukemen

LUCKYRICE: What makes your tsukemen “Texan"?

Ramen Tatsu-ya: Instead of using chashu, we use BBQ brisket to infuse smoky flavor into the broth. We also use herbs and spices that are native to Texas.


LUCKYRICE: When enjoying a bowl of ramen, you should _____ and shouldn't _____.

Ramen Tatsu-ya: You should slurp...and should not eat too slow because the noodles will get soggy.


LUCKYRICE: Broth, tare, noodles, or toppings - which is the most important element for a great bowl of ramen?

Ramen Tatsu-ya: All important because each of these things play an important role in creating one complete ramen. But if we had to choose, it's the broth.

LUCKYRICE: To slurp with or without (lots of) sound?

Ramen Tatsu-ya: With sound for sure!


LUCKYRICE: Favorite late night snack?

Ramen Tatsu-ya: Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwich.

Shoki Ramen House (Sacramento, CA)
Tan Tan Men

LUCKYRICE: Tan Tan Men is a style of ramen that evolved from spicy noodle dishes originating in Sichuan, China. What makes your sinus-clearing version unique?

Shoki Ramen House: Our ramen, in general,  is very unique because it is essentially animal and meat-free, unless you choose to add meat. Yasushi Ueyama started his career as a kaiseki chef and each of our dishes is created using a delicate process where all ingredients are made in-house, imported from Japan, and sourced locally.


LUCKYRICE: When enjoying a bowl of ramen, you should _____ and shouldn't _____.

Shoki Ramen House: You should taste the broth first and make sure to mix the ingredients...and should not feel guilty about not leaving one drop of broth behind when finished!


LUCKYRICE: Broth, tare, noodles, or toppings - which is the most important element for a great bowl of ramen?

Shoki Ramen House: Balance and harmony are two important concepts. Therefore, they are all very important. Each element has its own flavor and, when you bring them together, you have a perfect bowl.


LUCKYRICE: To slurp with or without (lots of) sound?

Shoki Ramen House: Slurping is very important as it cools off your noodles as you eat them and aerates the ramen so you can taste the flavor of the noodles and the broth. We encourage all of you to slurp your ramen loudly!


LUCKYRICE: Favorite late night snack?

Shoki Ramen House: Milk chocolate, gluten-free pretzel crisps, and local cheese.

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