Welcome to “This Week in Washoku” what will (hopefully) be a regular feature on Japanese food. Washoku being the Japanese word for Japanese cuisine. Without further ado, let’s get to all the nosh news.
Sushi on Film
Jiro Dreams of Sushi, a David Gelb film on 85-year-old Jiro Ono, who may be the world’s greatest sushi chef is presently playing at the Ritz Bourse. The trailer is positively drool-enducing:
The Great Ramen Debate
With two ramen restaurants already operating and at least two rumored to be in the works, Philadelphia has recently become a hotbed of ramen controversy. Philadelphia City Paper has a great piece on the reactions to the ramen invasion(warning: some harsh language).
Caucasian-owned pop-up Roundeye Noodle Bar, which I reviewed after their February installment, came under fire from civic groups for the racial nature of their name. Having changed their monicker to Cheu Noodle Bar, they will host their third pop-up on Sunday, April 1.
The first into the fray, Ramen Boy met with harsh reviews out of the gate, but is garnering more support as it establishes itself. My sources tell me that customers can request a higher percentage of pork stock in their tonkotsu orders. The regular version is 50/50 chicken/pork.
Nom Nom Ramen, opened last week in Center City and is still in the soft-open phase – serving only the first 50 dinner guests through their doors. Offering Shoyu, Miso, and Karai versions at a reasonble price, there is no word yet on when Nom Nom will be ready for full service.
Dine Out Japan
Finally, the Dine Out Japan restaurant week will return April 15-19 as part of the Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival. With 20% discounts at 10 area restaurants, it’s a great chance to sample some fine dining.