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east-meets-west minimalism

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2.26.2010

valentine's ramen at rai rai ken

Miso ramen with tofu at Rai Rai Ken


The scene!


The noodles, revealed. Behold!




Nothing says, "I love you" like a hot bowl of miso ramen with tofu. And so we went (and at last I am posting the deliciousness) to Rai Rai Ken in the East Village on Valentine's Day. It was heavenly and lovely and romantic and delicious.

Rai Rai Ken has become our favorite ramen shop in the last six months, and the only one we frequent. After a few visits, I worked up the courage to speak with the chef and find out his story. He is from China, but had a ramen shop in Japan for 14 years, which is totally the best of both worlds when it comes to ramen. For those of you who haven't seen Tampopo or read Oishinbo, ramen in Japanese cuisine is a Chinese-style noodle re-imported into Japan, and too often badly made by Japanese, according to my reading. Chef Rai Rai Ken, however, makes the perfect East-meets-East bowl.

The name Rai Rai Ken, written in Chinese characters, translates roughly to "coming and coming to the counter." In other words, a bowl of well-made ramen equals a quick turn and lots of happy customers. The space is tiny and narrow. There are only about 20 stools (but I think I exaggerate) on 10th Street between 1st and 2nd Avenues. I have little recollection how we found this heavenly spot. I do remember we were in hot pursuit of a vegetarian broth, because typically ramen is served in a pork broth. And we found it. We get the miso ramen everytime. Hold the chicken -- substitute tofu instead. $9. Totally reasonable. And totally delicious.



Rai Rai Ken

214 E 10th Street (1st & 2nd Avenues)
East Village
New York, NY
212.477.7030
Open Mon-Thu,Sun 12pm-12am, Fri-Sat 12pm-2am





Just look at the side elevation: cabbage mounded up & topped with crispy garlic!
Yes, I lovingly love this bowl of ramen.


One of the assistants spooning out the broth.


The Master [R], with his two able assistants [L]


The key part of the menu.


This shot is a little overexposed, but I had to show you
how narrow it is. You hang up your coat on hooks behind you.
And if anyone wants to go past, you have to lean forward.

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