Takeout Thursdays is a recurring feature on the Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival blog as we gear up for the spring by spotlighting some of the places to get Japanese food in Philadelphia. Last week, we covered Hai Street Kitchen, purveyors of the sushi burrito.
The weather in Philly has been frigid as of late, and what better way to warm up than with a hot bowl of soup? Japan is no stranger to soups and stews, and one of their most famous imports is the ramen bowl. Nom Nom Ramen, which serves up bowls at their Rittenhouse and University City locations, prides themselves on carrying Hakata-style ramen. This ramen is made with a pork bone tonkotsu base and thin, non-curly noodles, and topped with sesame seeds, scallions, and a narutomaki fish cake.
We ordered two bowls: toroniku (pork jowl) ramen in a miso base (shown above), which featured soft-boiled eggs, bamboo shoots, bean sprouts, kikurage, and a narutomaki, and pork bell tonkotsu in a miso base. The pork was cooked to perfection in both, rich and salty and falling apart, and the noodles were just right.
Nom Nom’s regular-sized bowls are just the right size for a hearty lunch or dinner, and with the number of broths and toppings offered, there’s plenty of room for variety. Prices are a bit steep, but they’re also a testament to the quality of the ingredients and the cookery. Overall, Nom Nom Ramen lives up to its name. Roll up your sleeves and get ready to slurp to your heart’s content!
- Flavor – 5/5
- Authenticity – 4/5 (the ramen was right, but having buns instead of gyoza has to lose a point)
- Price – 3/5 ($15/bowl is getting a little steep)
- Would we get it again – definitely!