Ramen is a staple dish I’ve always liked, but only recently truly loved. We’re surrounded by literally hundreds of options in our neighborhood and it’s overwhelming. We’ve slowly been exploring and trying to educate ourselves about all the different regional styles along the way.
Our current favorite is Couki, a small chain of five shops serving tantanmen (担担麺). Not considered a classic ramen, this is a Japanese version of dandan noodles; a Sichuan specialty. The dish contains minced pork and scallions in a spicy broth. The soup is incredibly filling with strong flavors of sesame, pepper and chilli. There’s nothing like slurping over a steaming bowl of this addictive dish as it’s getting cooler!