大つけ麺博 – 2014 Once again the Grand Tsukemen Fest is upon us! Once again it is in Okubo Park, just minutes from Shinjuku Station. Once again I’m having an official Ramen Adventures Meetup! What: The 2014 Grand Tsukemen Fest Where: Okubo Park (大久保公園) When: Sunday, October 19th from 7pm-9pm Check the meetup link here: http://www.meetup.com/Tokyo-Ramen-Meetup/events/212504722/?a=ra1_te…

冷し中華 Summer is the time when successful ramen shops get creative with a dish of cold noodles called hiyashi chuka. Often soupless, these creations can have anything in them, so long as they use cold ramen noodles. It is a great way to beat the heat. Here are some 2014 bowls. Kagari in Ginza served…

週プレイのラーメンアメリカ人 If you managed to take a look at this week’s 週刊プレイボーイ (Weekly Playboy), you’ll have read some big news. Major news. Crazy news. The first bit of news is that after over two years, our weekly column will be taking a bit of a break. Two years of Abram and I talking about the…

Slurp! A Social and Culinary History of Ramen – Japan’s Favorite Noodle Soup When I first heard about Slurp!, I was overjoyed. A real book, in English, detailing the history of ramen was something that was just waiting to be written. I always expected that one of the usual suspects would pen something like this;…

I’m happy to be working with Yummy Japan! to create some video content for my ramen adventures. Check it out and subscribe! http://www.youtube.com/user/brianramen So far, we’ve made about five videos, and plan on a lot more in 2014. I’d really appreciate any feedback! I’m trying to keep my videos under the 4 minute mark. Quick…

Well, the 2013 Grand Tsukemen Fest is finally over this week (November 6th, 2013). Twenty-four shops made the trek out to cook, serve, and compete in the all-tsukemen fun. My ranking for the fourth week is as follows: 錦本店 – Nishiki, from up north in Akita Prefecture, brought an awesome bowl of thick niboshi tori…

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