With all the new Ramen places and pop ups, I decided to go on Ramen quest to find the best Ramen in Boston/Cambridge!
I found a new champ and I don't think anyone has tried yet!!
Here is a summary of my exploits and rankings from 1-10.
Pikaichi- 6. Shoyu Ramen. It's watery with mostly onion flavor and little body. Miso-6, a little better, but again miso makes everything taste better. At only $8, can't complain, it's cheap!
Hmart Cental- 6.- House Ramen. Weird smell and taste from the bamboo shoots, broth not much going on, tasted like Chinese soup. Miso Ramen-7. Much better then then House Ramen and didn't have the weird bamboo shoot smell or the chinese cabbage to make the broth taste Chinese
Sapporo Porter Sq- 7. Had the House Ramen. Really thick Chicken broth. Lots of fat and collagen. Egg overcooked, pork was cold and dry. Bean sprouts are not
East by Northeast- 7. Really disappointed in their Ramen. Like Pikaichi, it is a water downed broth with little complex flavors going on. I was expecting a high end Ramen, but was let down.
Totto Ramen- 8 Had the Miso broth. Thick Chicken broth with lots of chicken flavor. Pork was dry. I asked them to separate the Miso paste so I could add it myself. Great Miso flavor, don't put too much miso paste or broth will be too salty. They could be a 7 at times because of consistency issues.
Snappy Ramen Davis- 8 Had the Spicy wafu. Great thick spicy broth. Probably the thickest broth in Boston. Every aspect is carefully executed. Scallions are fresh and chopped evenly. Egg is cooked perfectly. Pork is moist and tender. Greens are fresh. Al dente noodles.
Sweet Cheeks Ramen- 8 Had the Tokotsu Ramen. Nice thick flavorful broth. Noodles were fantastic, taste homemade and al dente. They are from Sun Noodles however. Perfectly executed egg. Thick slices of moist tender pork.
Yume- 8 There is a reason for the long lines. You either love it, or hate it. If you like pork and big portions, this is the place to go. It's a fat bomb with tons of great tender moist pork, nice handmade noodles, and lots of garlicky salty shoyu broth. To me the broth is 1 dimensional. I prefer a more sophisticated complex soup, but it's great once in a while.
Osushi Ramen Cambridge- 9! 9 Tan Tan Ramen. From the first sip, I was like Wow! Broth is thick and rich, but has maybe 5 or 6 different flavors depending on where you dip your spoon. Some parts are a little sweet, some parts a little sour, some parts a little salty. I would advise NOT to stir the soup, so you can taste different flavors from different parts of the soup and toppings. Pork has great flavor, tender and moist. Noodles al dente. Oh, you have to ask for extra pork since this only comes with ground pork.
Also tried the Shoyu Ramen- 9. This is not Tokotsu as labeled. It is a lighter broth, but has a sophisticated complex flavor. I usually hate Shoyu, because usually Shoyu flavor is too pronounced. The chef must have used a really good quality soy sauce, because this shoyu broth had all kind of flavors going on. Broth had flavors of Dashi, pork, and vegetables. I could drink this soup all day and not get tired of it!
Osushi is now the king of Ramen and a must try! They only serve it on Wednesdays, but they serve it all day and night. From what I heard they may stop Ramen Wed. in a couple weeks. Such a shame they won't continue it!
If you like richer broth get the Tan Tan and DON'T mix the broth! And add the optional pork slices. The Shoyu comes with pork slices, is lighter bodied but has really sophisticated flavor. Anyone else try it?