Kenzo Japanese Noodle House

If you are a regular reader of this blog, you may have noticed that I enjoy soup. A lot. It is usually the first thing that springs to mind when lunch rolls around. With all the excellent variations to be had, I never seem to get tired of it. When I took a moment to think about which soup I’ve never gone and tried, I was shocked that I couldn’t remember ever going for Ramen! How could that be? As a lover of soup, I am deeply ashamed.

One nearby location for Ramen is Kenzo Japanese Noodle House. It’s another one of those places I’ve driven past hundreds of times and swore I’d eventually visit. Well, today’s the day! Please bear in mind that I’m a complete novice when it comes to this type of soup. The only thing I’ve got going for me is having had many, many great bowls of soup. It’s just that I’m unfamiliar with what an exceptional Ramen should taste like.

Another thing in my favour is knowledgeable friends who love their food. One such friend, whom I’ll refer to only as “The Gut”, told me Kenzo is a Korean-run establishment. To me, that means only one thing….spicy soup!  Therefore, after perusing the oddly Egyptian-motifed menu, I knew there was only one choice…Kimchi Ramen.

When my friendly server brought my bowl, she was kind enough to ask if I’d like some chile sauce. Naturally I said yes.

It turned out to be completely unnecessary….except for jacking up the boiled egg, of course.

This is a case of love at first sip. A nice, deep, extra-spicy chicken broth…definitely a stock that’s been simmering awhile. Amidst the well-made broth are crisp, fresh cabbage, scallion, funghi and carrot, bits of beef, chewy ramen noodles with a perfectly-timed egg. A damn fine bowl.

Admittedly, this is an unorthodox choice when learning about Ramen…not exactly traditional. All I know is that this was an excellent introduction to a world of soups I can’t wait to explore.

Kenzo Japanese Noodle House on Urbanspoon


3 responses

  1. such a good place to spend money on food

    January 26, 2010 at 7:32 am

  2. Ben

    Great minds think alike Karl. I was there just last weekend and plan to write this week. We enjoyed the ramen in Kenzo. Nice review!

    January 26, 2010 at 1:14 pm

  3. PJ

    I think you need to go to Japan….. It will open your eyes, and tastebuds. Unfortunately you will not enjoy eating when you return…

    January 30, 2010 at 4:03 am

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