Kintaro – Vancouver, BC
Back in July my husband and I went on a eating tour of Vancouver with the chefs from Revel. Talk about my perfect weekend:) We started off with some of the most satisfying ramen I’ve had outside of Tokyo at Kintaro in West Vancouver. Open for lunch and dinner (closed on Mondays), this place is known to be one of the best ramen houses in Vancouver however don’t expect much for decor. People come here for the food, not the ambiance. And know that once you order there’s no going back…everything is already set in motion.
The first time we ate there we were seated at the bar overlooking the whole production line of what was to become our bowls of ramen. I’m not a big “fat” person so I opted for the vegetable ramen (safe I know) rather than the fatty pork ramen which everyone else in the group ordered. You have the choice of how fatty you’d like your meat and how fatty you want your broth to be. At least there are options:) *On our second trip there we ordered the gyoza which are delicious…I definitely recommend those!
Don’t expect to finish the whole bowl…it’s endless but you can take the rest with you to go.
All the broth working awayAll of our bowls being assembledTah-dah…my ramen!
momofuku noodle bar – New York, NY
I’m a big fan of David Chang’s and have been dying to try one of his restaurants. What’s funny is that the whole time we were in NYC I thought we were going to momofuku ssåm bar but when I googled the address this one came up instead so we went there by accident but things happen for a reason and this was a great mistake.
We got to the restaurant at 11:50am only to be greeted by a line. Luckily it wasn’t too large and by the time the doors opened we got a prized spot at the bar overlooking the kitchen. In any restaurant that has counter seating by the kitchen, I LOVE sitting there. I enjoy seeing the chefs at work, hearing their conversation and jokes and as one of my culinary instructors once said, “the ballet”, referring to the chefs working together in a small open space without talking but avoiding getting in each others way.
Back to the food:) Everything we ordered was so good! My favorite thing of all were the shrimp buns. Wowzers…I could eat a lot of those! I also ordered the special ramen of the day – a red miso ramen with prawns and arugula. Great choice by me:)
Next time I’m in NYC I’d love to try the ssåm bar since we missed it but so far I can say David Chang is living up to my expectations.
Brussels Sprouts – spåetzle, sausage, mustard (there was also some fresh cubed apple on top which added a nice touch of acidity)Grilled Octopus – scallion kimchi, Chinese sausage, squash (pepitas and arugula added a nice touch to this dish as well…fresh greens and a little texture is always good)Shrimp Buns – spicy mayo, pickled shallot, iceburgI love you!Red Miso Ramen – Mayan prawns, hijiki, arugula