Friday, June 28, 2013
Serviceable, If Not Artful, "Tokyo" Ramen At Asian Art Museum Cafe
I put quotes around the "Tokyo" in the AAM's menu listing of Tokyo Ramen, because to me, Tokyo Ramen implies a shoyu broth and today's ramen appeared to be miso-based (possibly with a bit of pork bone fortification). It was a forthright if not particularly complex broth that I enjoyed. The noodles were of the thin, curly style, and cooked hard the way I like. The chashu was on the dry side, and a bit meager in quantity for the price. If there was anything they didn't stint on, it was the noodles, really too many for the bowl, like a built-in kaedama. Overall, it was a brave attempt, but Cafe Asia won't be confused for a ramen-ya any time soon.
Where slurped: Cafe Asia at the Asian Art Museum, 200 Larkin St., San Francisco