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Ramen Boy

Ramen in Philly, you say? Until Ramen Boy just opened, the only places to get ramen-like bowls of noodles were at Yakitori Boy, Tampopo, Morimoto, and some random pop-up events. And now, Philly has its very own ramen shop. Brought to you by the same people who run Yakitori Boy, Ramen Boy is in Chinatown. It’s a small place, tastefully decorated, where wood rules. The stools at the bar have a big concave dip for your tookus, and ladies, you can store your purses inside this stool. Handy! The menu is simple: 4 ramen options and a few other appetizer type things. I think they also do have curry and tonkatsu, maybe, for those of you wanting an entree, but not wanting ramen.
I got the spicy ramen. I only got the spicy ramen. I did not try the other options. I really enjoyed it. The broth was spicy, but not too spicy so that it was painful to eat. The meat was tender, although there wasn’t enough of it. There were sprouts as well. I liked the noodles in my ramen the best, as it was firm and not overcooked. But like the meat, there wasn’t enough of the noodles. And at $13, I don’t have to be stuffed, but I should be fairly full, and I could have eaten another bowl. I think they really need to rethink their noodle portions. I’ve read some very mixed reviews of the other ramen options so I’m curious to try them all, but I definitely do have to give the spicy one my thumbs up. But they really need to up the amount of noodles if they’re going to charge me what they’re charging me and still leave me hungry.
I’m no ramen expert, aficionado, connoisseur or anything like that. In fact, I would say I really don’t know much about it. I haven’t even been to Ippudo, shame on me. But I have been to Katana-Ya and a few other respectable ramen joints in or near San Francisco and Seattle. I enjoyed my bowl of spicy ramen at Ramen Boy just as much as I enjoyed my spicy ramen in those other places. It’s overpriced though, considering I can get more bang for my buck in San Francisco, but hopefully, they’ll do something about that. We know Philly has a hankering for ramen and I just hope Ramen Boy will step up to sate our hankers!
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Pre-Party Lunch – More Food Court

We had to go to H-Mart in Elkins Park to pick up the rice cakes and to Ko Ba Woo to pick up the food from the caterers. So while at H Mart we had lunch at the More Food Court. My brother’s mulnaengmyun. Pretty darn good! It’s fairly zesty and vinegary already, without needing to add any extra.
Here’s my mom’s bibimnaengmyun. It’s the same noodles as the mul one above, but without the mul (water). It was pretty darn spicy and firey.
My SIL’s shrimp and veggie tempura. It was ok. The veggie selection was heavy on the carrot and missing sweet potatoes or yams. She even fed some to baby E and he ate it up! It was E’s first tempura.
I was feeling noodley so I got the jjajangmyun. It wasn’t the best ever, but it was quite respectable. What really made it stand out was the generous helping of noodles it had. It was seriously heavy on the noodles, and that’s why perhaps, I felt like there should have been more of the stuff on top. Why can’t they get the ratio right? This food court has a bit of everything… I could eat lunch here pretty much every day!

Sushi At Bluefin – Plymouth Meeting

My mom’s birthday came around again, which meant it was time to go eat sushi! We stuck with the burbs, but since neither of us had ever been, we went to Bluefin in Plymouth Meeting. And even on a tuesday night, and after making reservations in advance, we still could only get a seat at the sushi bar. It’s kind of crazy how busy this place is. It’s so unassuming on the outside, being in a random sad little strip mall. But it’s quite nice on the inside. We indeed sat at the sushi bar and all the sushi dudes were busy, busy, busy the entire time we were there.
I always like to get a salad to check out what the dressing is like. It was good! I also thought the miso soup was quite good, but my mom thought it was a little bit too salty. I think she’s slowly going senile, it was perfectly good soup.
The server guy, or owner guy, or manager guy, recommended the Usuzukuri as an appetizer. It is extremely thinly sliced fluke served in a yuzu dressing with jalapeƱo paste. This was delicious but totally unecessary. The fish is super fresh (brought in daily except sundays) and it absolutely melts in your mouth. The jalapeno paste is also pretty darn spicy, but goes really well with the fish. I say it was unecessary because once we were done eating this thing, I was already getting fairly full, and we hadn’t even gotten our sushi yet. So it nearly rendered our entrees practically useless. This is typically why I’m not all that into appetizers, because I’m a fan of the main event.
I really love agedashi tofu, so I wanted to try it here. Boy, was that ever a mistake. I am hoping this was just a major snafu. It was like they had some sauce concentrate, an they forgot to dilute it. It was mad, crazy salty and not in a good way. The tofu itself was great and so were all the fixins, but the sauce was terrible. Major fail!
So my mom got the Sushi Dinner with 8 pieces of assorted sushi and a crunchy spicy tuna roll. Holy big pieces of fish, batman! Here’s something that blew our minds – how large these pieces of fish were. They do not skimp here! The ratio of fish to rice is about 4:1, no joke. Like the fish in our appetizer, it’s all super fresh and they also do not skimp with the wasabi either.
This is the Noname Roll I, with avocado topped on a shrimp tempura roll with unagi sauce, tempura chips, and roe. Oh man, this was good! The avocado was super ripe and buttery and melty and it’s also quite huge and filling.
I don’t know if they even have proper dessert here, but you just get free dessert there. You get some fruit and some fried bananas. Not too shabby! Overall, the food was good and the sushi was fresh. But it’s hard to overlook the major agedashi tofu fiasco. The service was good. Considering just how busy it was, the food came out at a decent pace. I’m not quite convinced that it’s worth all the hype, but it was a nice night out.

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