Saturday, February 5, 2011

Noodles Ave -- Plano, Texas

On our visit today, we tried the regular spicy ramen. Two of the specials were Ramen + a california roll (the hubby ordered this one) and Ramen + another roll (which I didn't order).

This was another place that seemed to serve the Korean spicey Ramyeon. The flavor had just enough spice and flavor to satisfy us. I would have really liked a few more extras on top. The few carrots, which tasted fresh, and green onions just weren't enough. The bright spot was that it came to our table in these 'fancy gold ramen pots', which absolutely made me beam with happiness. If you have watched the Korean version of Boys Over Flowers, you will understand.

I would describe this place as a fastfood-lite, Asian restaurant. You walk in and order at the counter, receive a number, and wait for them to bring it out. to you. There were some of your regular sushi items and many different varieties of noodles, hence the name, Noodles Ave.

All-in-all, I would go back for a quick ramen-fix, especially for under $8 for noodles and a sushi roll.

Noodles Ave
6509 West Park Boulevard Plano, TX 75093-6207
(972) 781-1133

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Fin Sushi & Sake Bar -- Plano, Texas

A fairly new restaurant in the area with WONDERFUL sushi & sashimi. I highly recommend the Yellowtail Heaven. But you came to my site for the ramen review.

After our first or second visit, the manager let us know that they had added ramen to the menu. So, I tried it. Unfortunately, I wasn't that impressed. It honestly tasted like they prepared and served pre-packaged Korean Ramyeon. The broth was reddish in color and more spice than flavor. There also weren't any toppings, just noodles and broth.

Don't get me wrong, I eat here on a monthly basis, eventhough it takes us 45 minutes to an hour to get there. The sushi and sake are always fabulous and some of the best in town - especially during happy hour!

Fin Sushi & Sake Bar
6149 Windhaven Parkway, #140
Plano, TX 75093
(972) 473-9329

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Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Mr. Max -- Irving, Texas

The hubby and I eat here weekly, just to get our ramen fix. Our favorite is the Shoyu ramen and we rarely get anything else. Let me put it this way, they know our order when we come in.

The bottom line? This is our second favorite place for ramen. Our first being Katana Ya in San Fransisco, which is a little out of our way. Mr. Max's broth is mouthwatering and you get just the right amount of everything. Sometimes I wish there is another piece or two of meat, but I'm sure I could ask for it.

This is a small mom & pop venue that is suited more for small groups rather than big parties. If you have more than 3 people, I would suggest calling ahead on a Friday or Saturday.

Mr. Max
3028 N Belt Line Road Irving, TX 75062

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Wednesday, June 23, 2010

RECIPE: Miso Ramen

from About.Com: -- my vegetarian/pescatarian changes are in RED

  • 1 tsp vegetable oil
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp minced fresh ginger
  • 2 oz. ground pork (omitted)
  • 5 oz. bean sprouts, rinsed
  • 4 oz. cabbage, chopped
  • 2 oz. carrot, cut into thin strips
  • 4 cups warm water
  • 2 tsp chicken bouillon powder (substituted veggie bouillon)
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 2 tsp soy sauce
  • 4 Tbsp miso paste
  • 2 Chukamen (raw Chinese noodles)
  • 1/2 tsp sesame oil


Heat vegetable oil in a large skillet or a wok. Add minced ginger and garlic in the skillet and saute pork (omitted for veggie) on medium heat until done. Add carrot, bean sprouts, and cabbage in the skillet and saute together for a few minutes. Pour warm water in the skillet. Season with chicken (veggie) bouillon powder, sugar, and soy sauce and bring the soup to a boil. Turn down the heat to low, and melt miso in the soup. Add sesame oil at last. Stop the heat. In the meantime, boil lots of water in a large pot. Put Chukamen noodles in the boiling water and cook for a few minutes, or boil noodles, following the package instruction. Drain the noodles and serve into two noodle bowls. Pour hot miso soup over the noodles with ingredients on top.

*Makes 2 servings

This recipe seems to always make 3-4 servings when I make it. Of course, I'm not filling 9in bowls, like the restaurants serve. The broth is very tasty and doesn't seem nearly as salty or oily as some shoyu ramen I've had. I've used both prepackaged ramen noodles (minus the flavor packet) and Chukamen noodles. Both complemented the flavors differently, but were both just as good. The only thing that it is missing is a bit of Naruto fish cake and a boiled egg.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Cafe Kubo's -- Houston, Texas

Today, we sampled the shoyu ramen and it was pretty darn good! The broth had a very nice flavor and you are served an over-abundance of noodles, which were soft and tasty. The standard extras were also served on top. If you are passing through Houston and are craving ramen, this should be your first stop.

Cafe Kubo's
9889 Bellaire Blvd, Suite 234
Houston, TX 77036

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Thursday, June 17, 2010

Umai Japanese Restaurant -- Houston, Texas

We came here to try the ramen. The brazed briscut ramen was very good. Lots of extras. At first the broth seemed a little light for my taste, but as I continued with my generous bowl the flavor really transformed into a very satisfying dish.

We also had the edamame gyoza which was very yummy, too! If you like dumplings, I highly suggest it!

Umai Japanese Restaurant
8400 Bellaire Blvd
Houston, TX 77036
(713) 750-9222