Ivan Ramen

Ivan Ramen
25 Clinton St
New York, NY 10002
b/t Avenue B & Houston St in Lower East Side

August 13, 2014

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Sweet Scallion Salad raw + pickled cucumber, shiso vinaigrette

After hearing explosively both positive and negative reviews about Ivan Ramen, I finally managed myself to test the hype.

We started with the scallion salad. These absurd amount of thinly slivered scallions turned out to be kind of boring with a monopolistic pungency… The pure green kept reminding me of the spicy cucumber salad at Momofuku, which was comparatively more straightforward and refreshing…

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Spicy Red Chili Ramen dashi + chicken broth, minced pork, smashed egg, rye noodle

One thing splendidly done in this bowl was the toothsome rye noodle. It obtained a chewy potential. The fatty richness of the broth made it a comforting bowl.

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Roasted Garlic Mazemen nori, dashi + chicken broth, pork belly chashu, rye noodle

The mazemen got an one-note boldness to it. The soup was so thick that it can be a little on the greasy side.After few mouthfuls, it just became overly salty for my liking.