Hello foodie friends, welcome back to the second installment of “This Week in Washoku” a run-down of all things revolving around Japanese cuisine. Grab your keitaibashi and work up your appetite because there is lots to chow down on.
Japanese Food Tasting
Maido! – Narbeth’s Japanese grocer is hosting a free Japanese food tasting tomorrow (April 7) from 11:00 am – 3:00 pm. The samplings will include an array of Japanese curries, green tea ice cream, red bean ice cream, and other snack foods. For the very hungry, sidle up to the food counter for a serving of gyudon – a weekend specialty and personal favorite.
Nom Nom Ramen – Lunch Hotspot
As of yesterday, Nom Nom Ramen is serving tasty noodles in 4 varieties (Shio, Shoyu, Miso, Karai) at lunch and dinner. I sampled the Shio ramen (pictured below).
Rich, salty and delicious – Nom Nom’s tonkotsu broth would hold Philly’s championship belt right now – if only there was such a thing. The noodles were maybe a tad too al dente, but still very respectable. And the chashu and other toppings complimented the dish nicely. The poached egg is an addition available for about $1 and well worth it in my humble opinion. With most of the bowls coming in under the $10 mark, Nom Nom Ramen has the total package – quality food, reasonable price, and good service. Official grand opening and regular hours are coming soon, but if you have a chance to grab a bowl there before then – take it.
Looking to learn the art of rolling your own sushi, Madame Saito – “Philadelphia’s Queen of Sushi” – is teaching classes over the next two weeks (April 8, 12, 17). With a little training, you’ll be ready to take on the Amateur Sushi Making Contest on April 19. If your pacificist nature keeps you out of competitions, you can still go and enjoy beer, sake and appetizer samplings. Madame Saito also plans to unveil “The Nutter Roll” – an homage to our Honorable Mayor.
Those are the highlights for now, but there will be much more nosh-worthy news, coming your way next week.Gochisosama deshita.