Friday, January 24, 2014

New Year, New Post

One of my new year’s resolutions was to finally get back to posting on Miss Menu. And while it may be a few weeks late, I still consider this resolution kept! 

With DB and AP in town this weekend, I’m hoping our plans for some fantastic meals will be exactly what I need to get back to posting regularly. So without further ado, I bring you Miss Menu’s first post of 2014!! 

Since the beginning of this brutal winter, I have wanted to finally try Hide-Chan, a Japanese ramen spot only one avenue from my apartment. It’s crazy that it has been open for a few years now, and I hadn’t made it there yet. But the second appearance of everyone’s favorite Polar Vortex was the perfect reason for us to try a hot bowl of soup. 

After a 15 minute wait on the unheated steps leading up to the restaurant’s 2nd floor location, our name was called and we opened the door to a warm, cozy and terrific smelling space. 

Up first were homemade dumplings with cheese. I think this is the first time I have seen cheese a) on dumplings, and b) in a Japanese restaurant. It was strangely delicious, although with melted cheese and a tomato dipping sauce, it tasted a bit more like Italian food than Japanese!
dumplings pork cheese Japanese

Our ramen bowls quickly followed. I ordered the Vegetable Ramen, and chose firm noodles.
This colorful bowl included corn, cauliflower, bell peppers, and avocado in a konbu seaweed and shitake based broth. It was very light, but needed more flavor and some heat. So I requested some “spicy red sauce” for $1.50 extra – definitely worth it. 

AL ordered the Tonkatsu Miso Ramen, with giant pieces of pork, corn, scallions, and a hard-boiled egg in miso sauce broth with wavy noodles.
ramen soup japanese
I tried a sip of the broth (ignoring the pork base for a second) and it had a delicious, rich flavor. 

Everything was good, but didn’t quite wow us as much as we were expecting. I do wish they had at least one chicken-based ramen on the menu. But it was great to finally try a neighborhood spot and perfect for thawing out over hot, spicy soup on a frigid night!

Hide-Chan Ramen
248 East 52nd Street
b/t 2nd & 3rd Avenues
website
Menu Pages listing
 

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