I'm late to the (real) ramen party. I've had the cheap pre-packaged ones before but never had actual ramen because every time I saw it, it always had the egg in it and I'm just not a fan of eggs that aren't scrambled or put on top of avocado. But as I said in my last post, I'm trying new things this year. Late last year I finally checked pho off my list so the first on the list in 2018? Real ramen.
A friend of mine invited me to Jinya Ramen Bar and I reluctantly said yes. I'm a picky eater but after looking at the menu, decided that if all else failed pot stickers are always a safe bet. The actual restaurant itself is a genuine ramen bar, similar to the ones that I've seen many times on the Travel Channel. After much "debate" between the pot stickers and actually getting ramen, I decided to be as plain as I possibly could and ordered their Jinya chicken ramen which consists of chicken broth, chicken chashu, spinach, green onion, and fried onion served with thin noodles. I added a some cilantro and lime to mine after tasting it.
All in all, I was pleasantly surprised that I actually enjoyed the ramen because I didn't think I actually would. I don't think I'll ever try any of the ones with the egg in them or the ones with the bean sprouts but I will definitely be going for real ramen over the packaged stuff in any case in the future if it's an option. I'm still practicing on the whole chopsticks thing when it comes to noodles, but maybe next time it'll be a bit easier.