Saturday, September 11, 2010

week 36: totto ramen


and just like that, as if it were on some kind of cue,
it is soup weather. 
{you know, the edible version of scarf weather. the best kind of weather}
not that it needs to be soup weather to eat ramen
because ramen was the non-kosher food of choice at summer camp... 
my friendsies brought cases of the stuff in their duffels. don't even ask how we cooked it. it's really embarrassing. 
but anywho. 
ramen is the type of soup that tastes best when you're eleven and you've just had a really long ice skating practice and you're still in your skating tights and your little skating dress but you must have food to even have the energy to change into your jammies. so your mommy bypasses the leftovers and just sticks some "line noodle soup" on the stove. bless her.
and maybe it's because i'm so used to the mommy line noodle soup that i've not been so terribly wild about all these ramen places around the city {i am no chris p thompson}
but let it be known
is the exception. the first of its kind.
there are two levels of spiciness, but i think one would win:
there was a really long line when i went but i think my friend matt must have given the hostess the sexy eyes or something because we got in way sooner than we expected.
we started with the 
char siu mayo don
pork+mayo+magic rice+green things
even though it was pork, it was very light and clean tasting. like a good albert herring performance... at first impression, you think you're going to want a little something more {like a spicy bit or a sauce} but, no no, it's quite comforting as it is. 
the ramen that both matt and i got was the
totto miso ramen
koji miso+ground pork+paitan soup+egg+green things+bean things+onion+char siu pork
what is a koji and a paitan? i do not know. but they were happy and them two together in the broth were i think the secret behind why i liked this ramen a lot a lot.
the broth was thick. not thick like the dead sea up in thur, but in it you could taste the little miso granules.
and the little granules clung to the doodles.
my goodness it was tasty.
{alas, still no doodle will be mushy enough for me, but these were actually closer to my liking than i expected. yay!}
it was really mega flavory. 
even matt who will only eat at harry's burritos really liked it.
hopefully soup weather is here to stay because the owner of totto has another new place, hide chan, across town...
so don't be surprised if that's one of my 12 remaining restaurants!!!

xoxo

yeh


totto ramen is on 52nd and 9th. 
next to lucky burger, kitty-corner from brian's old apartment {read: many a drunk percussionist know this block well}

18 comments:

daisychain said...

yum yum

Rio said...

Ooh dang! That looks super tastey! I do love soup during soup weather, but I agree that ramen is good pretty much whenever! :)
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Rio said...

Also, I'm now following! :)

Gina said...

the sexy eyes! hehehehe thats great

J-Diggety said...

Wow, when I think of ramen, I think of that less-than-a-dollar cup-o-noodles stuff at the grocery store... but THIS looks gourmet and mouthwatering!
:) J

wilybrunette said...

the edible version of scarf weather. brilliant! absolutely brilliant. oh i adore you're blog.

Jen said...

Oh my goodness, can you say DEE-LISH-US??

la petite coquine said...

Mmmmm, ramen! SF is just warming up to summer, so while you East Coasters are enjoying pumpkin bread and apple pie, we're eating ice cream! It's nice to finally get a little sunshine here.

Marsi @ The Cottage Cheese said...

Ramen rocks. This looks amazing!

JessicaLeighLaLou said...

yuuuuuummm can I have some please? :D

Becca said...

Hmmm........you know a secret, Molly? Is that....I usually don't even love the food you put up on here.

Did you know that? That I don't come here for the food? 'Cause to me it's really odd food that doesn't taste great.

BUT I come because you are hilarious. And creative. And funny. And you talk about food in such a CRAZY way.
And that's just great :)

Sara said...

i'm jealous...you live by all the cool restaurants! I WANT A RAMEN SHOP!

Dree said...

I am so wildly jealous of your ability to pick the most amazing looking food. Yum, yum and yum!

Meghan said...

Who knew ramen could be so tasty and chic?

Barbara said...

well i'm hungry now!

Camilla Leila said...

oooooh i LOVE ramen!

Bree said...

hahah laughing out loud at "the edible version of scarf weather. the best kind of weather." I'm a total soup girl and eat it all year, but now that it's fall, it's time to start making more hearty soups!

Anonymous said...

how are you, i ate at this restaurant the other day (: its pretty damn sexy...

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