I am slowly becoming a ramen convert. I used to think of ramen as a cheapie meal that we have all eaten in a pinch, or when we have been broke but could still afford the 5-for-a-dollar ramen noodle packets at your local supermarket as a regular dinner entree. After downing a bowl of their delicious ramen I can see the light and now crave this stuff.
Eating at Jin Ramen has now truly made me appreciate what a superior bowl of ramen should taste like. After dining here recently at the invitation of a few good friends of mine I now know what they have been raving about. Normally, I still partake in the occasional ramen noodles packs we buy at the supermarket and prepare at home. This really opened up my palate to what real ramen is. Situated in an unassuming location just outside the 125th station subway stop this tiny ramen emporium packs quite a wallop. As I live uptown it is an easy trek for me so I know I will be back here, but might not be for everyone’s travel liking if from downtown. Sucks for those people downtown and a win for us up-towners!
All I can suggest is that you get the Miso Ramen. Really, just order it and shut up. You will thank me for it later. This is such a complex bowl of brothy goodness that it leaves one in awe. As I slurped up my first few spoonfuls I was enthralled by the miso broth that had a bit of a kick to it. The actual bowl was chock full of ground pieces of chicken sausage, corn kernels, leeks, scallions, bok choy, sesame seeds, nori roasted seaweed, and pork belly. Oh my!!! How can I forget the amazing noodles that were just perfectly cooked? I can’t – they were terrific! This ramen was just overflowing with flavor and ingredients. It was the perfect meal on a cold and rainy day. It was so wonderful I wanted another bowl. I wanted to bathe in it. I wanted to make love to it. I wanted it to have my babies.
I must also note that we started out with some perfectly cooked edamame, and kara-age (boneless fried chicken) that was light, crispy, and tasty. A great start to a delicious meal.
Jin Ramen is not a large place, but has enough seating to fit in a fair sized crowd. Still relatively new this sleek but casual spot offers seating along the walls and front window, with a large counter seating area overlooking the kitchen to sit and watch all the cooking action. I met the chef and he is a friendly guy that is very welcoming. You can tell they pour their souls into this place and care about preparing high level food with passion. You feel so comfortable here that you don’t want to leave! It’s so good and highly affordable.
By the time we left the restaurant was filling up with hungry ramen enthusiasts. I was already so jealous of the people who live up in this Harlem hood. It’s good for them as there is really not that much in this nearby area that offers a culinary experience such as this. When can I go back? Soon, I hope!