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Cafe Mami & Sapporo Ramen, Porter Sq., Cambridge

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Cafe Mami & Sapporo Ramen, Porter Sq., Cambridge

Limster | Oct 30, 2002 06:59 PM

The first 2 places in the Porter Exchange Japanese mini food court.

At Cafe Mami, the few dabs of horseradish on the side of the plate are a welcome pungent kick to the pork katsu plate -- it lifts the dish above the standard worcestershire sauce. Wonderful buzz in the sinuses.

Good and fairly thick cut of pork; moist, with a nice heft to the meat. Probably my pick of the lot at Porter Exchange. I'd defintely saunter back one of these days to try the other things on the menu.

The miso broth at Sapporo has the appropriate greasy coat to it, and the mouthfeel is just right. However, foggy miso broth beneath it is a little light for my tastes, I prefer it a bit more intense on the miso side of flavors.

Very good chasiu in the noodles -- doesn't look much, but the meat is sliced correctly across the grain for a more tender cut and the sweet chasiu flavor is well developed.

Also, lots of minced pork and crunchy bean sprouts. Most importantly, the slightly knobby noodles are on par. Pickles on the other hand seem a little tired and flaccid, I was hoping for something sharper and crunchier for a texture play.

An enormous serving and quite decent; I'd probably ask for the soy broth with just chasiu and no minced pork the next time.

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