Friday, June 15, 2012

Real ramen in Pittsburgh?

lol, no, not really. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette has a June 14th article about a Ramen Brunch at a trendy restaurant that sounds promising:
Lately, ramen has been making cameo appearances at several restaurants.

Salt of the Earth serves a Ramen Brunch the third Sunday of every month. A few months ago, the sous chef duo of Kevin Rubis and Chad Townsend hatched the plan and now are the executors of the soup. It's the real deal, too.

At first it was just an idea. "When I had a bowl of ramen at Momofuku in Manhattan, I deconstructed it," says Mr. Townsend. "We can make that, I knew. It has to be easy since it's all about the components."

"Then one night after service, Chad and I started talking about ramen," chimed in Mr. Rubis. "We thought it would be a fun project. We ran the idea past our chef, Kevin Sousa, who gave it a thumbs-up."
But if you want good, authentic Japanese-style ramen near Pittsburgh, you'll need to travel to Morgantown, West Virginia.


Miso ramen at Yama, Morgantown.

Just off High Street, tucked into the dingiest slumlord-run building in town, is Yama (387 1/2 High Street, but facing Fayette Street), a Japanese-owned and -run restaurant best known for its miso ramen, shoyu ramen, and other noodle dishes. As there's hardly any Japanese community at the university, most of the customers are Japanese visitors from Pennsylvania or locals who have tasted real ramen before. The place doesn't look like much, but it's good, authentic, and still relatively cheap for stateside prices. The only complaint, besides the rundown apartment that houses it, is that the menu lacks Hataka ramen, the most famous regional variety of the dish.

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