Ah, ramen… that tasty, comforting staple of college cooking and thrifty meals. Who could have predicted that the humble, curly, fast-cooking noodle would rise to cult status?
Eateries like Momofuku Noodle Bar in New York, Mensho Tokyo in San Francisco and Uncle here in Denver create ramen bowls with complex layers of flavors and a dizzying array of toppings ranging from spicy lamb, clams and Wagyu beef to sour plums, Korean kimchi and shaved truffles.
Perhaps, like me, you are in a phase of family life where ingredients like fish sauce, cute little enoki mushrooms, or edgy black sesame seeds are not in the culinary cards right now. The great thing about ramen is that you can totally customize it to suit your family’s tastes.