One thing that’s been pretty fun (and delicious) here in Kansas City is the recent rise in popularity of ramen shops. When I lived in NYC, I had my pick of ramen joints, with varying degrees of quality and popularity, from “sure, I’ll pay 6 bucks for izakaya ramen at 2am” to “omgggg Ippudo best ramen EVER!” When I moved to the Midwest last year, I was pleasantly surprised with my go-to ramen joint here in KC, the relatively new Columbus Park Ramen shop. Their tonkatsu ramen is the bomb! However, recently Shio Ramen Shop opened up, and I knew I had to try it out. So which noodles reigned supreme? Read on to find out. Continue Reading
Happy Wednesday, Noshers! I’ve been a little MIA lately as I recover from a pretty awesome weekend trip (er…two weekends ago) to Sedona and Scottsdale. I’ll be posting a few photos, so keep your eyes peeled! In the meantime, I’m super excited to share a new project I’ve set up for myself – my very first cookbook cookthrough!
Ok, I’m not sure if that’s a real word, but much like the movie Julie and Julia, I plan to cook every recipe in one of my newest cookbooks. I’m going easy on myself to start – I don’t have a set time limit (yet…if I start lagging behind, I might set some rules in place), and I’m not cooking the recipes in order. Rather, I’m skimming through and picking recipes that most interest me (but I will try all of them), and more importantly, for which I can find the ingredients. And the cookbook I’ve chosen for my very first cookthrough is……the Lucky Rice cookbook!
I actually won this book a while back, and when browsing through it, I realized that I wanted to try making every single recipe. The cookbook features both classic and new takes on Asian dishes, and author Danielle Chang infuses the book with her own personal stories. It’s a fantastic read! I also chose this cookbook because I was super-spoiled in NYC with ethnic grocery stores galore, tons and tons of live seafood, and a bustling Chinatown from which to purchase ingredients. I might have to get a little creative in Kansas City, but it should be an interesting challenge! I’d love if you cooked along with me – it would be so fun for us to cook together and for me to see photos of your cooking! I’ll be tagging my posts/photos with #BigAppleNoshLuckyRice – tag yours as well so I make sure I see them 🙂
The very first recipe I wanted to try was for Japanese Pancakes, or okonomiyaki. Unlike American pancakes, the Japanese version is savory, with meat, scallions, ketchup, and Kewpie mayo. My challenges for this recipe was sourcing the Kewpie mayo (which is delish) – I wasn’t able to find it at my local grocery store, but Amazon saved the day (link here). Yay! Continue Reading
Happy FriYAY, Noshers! I don’t know about you, but this has felt like the longest week ever. I flew to NYC for about 36 hours last weekend (our original flight was canceled so the trip was even shorter than expected!) for some fun plans/Mother’s Day festivities, and I’m definitely paying for it in exhaustion this week! But have no fear, Friday’s here – which means it’s almost the weeeekend! I thought I’d kick off this much-needed two days off with my delicious dining experience at Columbus Park Ramen Shop. Cue mouth watering now… Continue Reading
“Good sushi and where to find it in KC” – that’s been my underlying motivation since I’ve moved from NYC. While there have been a few mishaps with my seafood adventures in the Midwest (note to self – do NOT use frozen supermarket lobster tails in a lobster boil), thanks to some internet research and good ole’ asking around, I’ve encountered some sushi options in the “passable to pretty good” range. My experience at Sushi UNI fell on the “pretty good” side of the spectrum.
Sushi UNI is inconspicuously located in a generic strip mall, as I’m quickly learning many good ethnic restaurants are. To me, the locale doesn’t matter – the quality of the food is paramount! So how did Sushi UNI stack up?
First, props for providing some comp dishes – we received a squid salad (we returned again and weren’t given this – maybe they had excess? And then another time we got crab rangoon – a bit random) – it was delicious: Continue Reading
Happy Wednesday, Noshers! Today I’m deliciously excited to share a fun new find at Whole Foods. Sun Noodle, the noodle producer that supplies ramen to top noodle bars like Momofuku, Ivan Ramen and Slurp Shop, now offers pre-packed RAMEN KITS!!!
The ramen kits come in three varieites, shoyu, miso, and “kaedama” (which, for the initiatied, is what you say to add a second helping of noodles to your remaining broth. Mmmm….). The kits are MSG-free and available at all NYC Whole Foods Market locations, the Portchester, NY, store, and select New Jersey locations. Continue Reading