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Dennis Lee Dennis Lee Aug 14, 2019. 20 comments

Savory popsicles... can it work?

Savory popsicles... can it work?
FeaturesStories from The Takeout about food, drink, and how we live.  

In my last piece, which was about how I can use up a gallon of ranch dressing (I am never going to live that one down), one of the suggestions offered after the fact was... a ranch popsicle. Because I am a culinary degenerate and all-purpose clown-around-town, it did get me thinking. I prefer savory foods over sweet...

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Mike Satinover Mike Satinover Jun 13, 2019. 22 comments

How to put together your first bowl of ramen, step by step

How to put together your first bowl of ramen, step by step

I’ve touched on every major component of ramen so far: the noodles , the soup, the tare , the quintessential chashu pork belly and egg toppings , even the aromatic oil that bobs on the surface .

But… suppose you make all these things. How does one assemble into a bowl of ramen?

I have been asked this a lot. Maybe it’s because I have eaten at an unhealthy number of ramen shops, but I feel like...

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Kinja Kinja May 16, 2019. 20 comments

Behold: A porcelain sink, repaired with ramen

Behold: A porcelain sink, repaired with ramen

This week, an Instagram account for an interior design firm posted a video to their account, which they in turn credit to another account, set to private. I could attempt to explain, but this is better seen with your own eyes.

If you can’t or won’t watch the video, I’ll summarize: A person approaches a sink with a large piece of its porcelain bowl missing, obviously broken. They then stuff it...

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Kevin Pang Kevin Pang May 15, 2019. 20 comments

Should you cook instant ramen noodles and soup separately?

Should you cook instant ramen noodles and soup separately?
FeaturesStories from The Takeout about food, drink, and how we live.  

Welcome to The Takeout’s Asian Noodles Week, a tribute to the O.G. pasta bowl. 

I could spend a few hundred words setting up this story, but the headline states it succinctly. I used to add the seasoning packet mix in the same pot of water I’d boil my noodles. Some years later, I would make the soup separately, thinking it...

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Mike Satinover Mike Satinover May 14, 2019. 17 comments

What makes ramen noodles so special?

What makes ramen noodles so special?

Welcome to The Takeout’s Asian Noodles Week, a tribute to the O.G. pasta bowl. 

We’ve broken down ramen’s components: the broth , the tare , the richness added via aroma oil , and popular toppings like the “ajitama” egg and pork chashu . But nothing is more integral to ramen than its noodles. It is the tie that binds. It’s why you can have many different styles of ramen, such as tsukemen...

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Kate Bernot Kate Bernot Mar 06, 2019. 22 comments

What did you eat when you were broke? 

What did you eat when you were broke? 

There is a distinction between being poor and being broke. It’s summed up in this illustrated essay from Erynn Brook and Emily Flake, which explains the completely different grocery-shopping anxiety that occurs when you are truly poor: calculating post-tax prices, remembering down to the cent how much is in your bank account, skipping meals. Broke, then, is a temporary, transitory discomfort,...

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Mike Satinover Mike Satinover Feb 28, 2019. 19 comments

Cooking a perfect ramen egg is no magic trick

Cooking a perfect ramen egg is no magic trick

There is irony to the U.S. fascination with eggs in ramen. Don’t get me wrong. Few things in life are more delicious than a marinated, aromatic egg encapsulating a jiggly yolk.

My theory, though, is that they’re more popular in the America than in Japan. I find this particularly strange, given the deep relationship Japan has to eggs. Japan is one of the largest producers of eggs in the...

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Mike Satinover Mike Satinover Nov 09, 2018. 22 comments

Everything you need to know about tare, the secret sauce to superior ramen

Everything you need to know about tare, the secret sauce to superior ramen

Let’s talk about tare. It’s one of the five essential elements of ramen, and I’d argue it’s more important than soup. And unless you’re a die-hard ramen geek , you’ve likely not heard of it.

Tare (pronounced “tah-reh”) means “dipping sauce” in Japanese, but, it’s a lot more than just sauce in the ramen world.

Imagine ramen as a living organism. If soup represents the body of ramen, and noodles...

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Mike Satinover Mike Satinover Nov 01, 2018. 22 comments

My goal in life is to create the perfect bowl of ramen

My goal in life is to create the perfect bowl of ramen

For the last eight years, I’ve devoted my life to learning, appreciating, and respecting one of the world’s great culinary marvels. People have called me obsessive, over-the-top, bordering on mania.

I just consider myself a ramen nerd. A wholly obsessed ramen nerd who loves to read academic articles about gluten development in noodle doughs, a nerd who’s spent way too much money on pasta...

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Kate Bernot Kate Bernot Aug 30, 2018. 14 comments

Last Call: Ramen beer? Ramen beer.

Last Call: Ramen beer? Ramen beer.
Last CallLast Call is The Takeout’s online watering hole where you can chat, share recipes, and use the comment section as an open thread. Here’s what we’ve been reading/watching/listening around the office today.  
Ramen beer, beer ramen

I am on board with beer and ramen; give me a hearty tonkotsu and an Asahi Super Dry and I’m a happy camper. The city of Vancouver, though, seem to want to...

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