We love ramen. Like really, really love ramen. It’s like this amazing ethnic version of comfort food that is prettier than basically all american foods and more filling/delicious than chicken noodle soup or some other american counterpart. Honestly, what’s not to love about ramen. On a cold New York afternoon, it’s even better. At Ippudo NY (located at 321 West 51st Street in Midtown or at 65 4th Avenue in the East Village – we went to the one in Midtown), the line out the door and hour long wait at 1 o’clock on a Thursday afternoon should be some indication of just how good this place is. But to believe how amazing it is (seriously, I see their pork buns in dreams…still…it’s a problem), you will just have to eat there.
Now, we failed miserably in getting a photo of the pork buns. They are like the loch ness monster in that way…there is never any clear photographic evidence. Actually, after waiting an hour, we inhaled the pork buns before Kristina even had time to get her camera out, but I like the loch ness thing and the version of the story that doesn’t make me sound like a fat kid in a doughnut shop after skipping a meal. But I digress. You’ll just have to take my word for it, the pork buns were AMAZING!!!
So, a couple of orders of pork buns in the bag, and then these delightfully large bowls of delicious ramen should have done us in. But then the table next to us ordered this desert that looked like a leprechaun and a unicorn had a hot hot night together and birthed the dessert to end all desserts (see below). So of course we got dessert. Curse you table next to us.
Chocolate Forest pistachio and apricot crumb covered choco mousse cake with chocolate filling served with pistachio ice cream. I’ve called things a revelation in the past, and maybe that’s a testament to just how inspired I can be by good food but seriously, this thing was a revelation. When we cut that green cube cake thing open and liquid chocolate poured out, my whole body tingled. I have problems.
So Kristina made her own version of this. And I don’t want to sell it short. It was pretty magical itself. She got the recipe from Half Baked Harvest – here is the link if you want to try it for yourself. Crockpot Caramelized Pork Ramen Noodle Soup w/Curry Roasted Acorn Squash.
I think the moral of the story here is that you should eat more ramen. And if you’re in New York, you should do it at Ippudo. Order the pork buns and then that green cube confection and send me a thank you card in the mail. Oh, and tell the good people at Ippudo that Adam sent you. It won’t do you any good and they’ll have no idea what you’re talking about. I just want to get my name out there.
Live, love, and eat more ramen my friends.