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Nombe Bull (Beef) Ramen

DezzerSF | Jan 11, 201201:37 PM

I tried the new Chef Nofiyuki (Nori) Sugie's ramen at Nombe for lunch today. You get a card to fill out specifying your cut of beef, and additional toppings. The base price is $10, with additional toppings $1 each.

I was hoping for some kind of beef based broth but the only choice is miso. It's a pretty concentrated miso however, stronger than your average miso broth. The addition of a spicy paste adds a nice kick and smoky flavor to the earthiness. The umami foam might have added some subtle umami, but I didn't notice it after I dug in..

I chose beef cheek, with other choices being beef tongue, ox tail, short rib. The cheek was very tender, and a pretty nice size of it as well. The wavy light yellow noodles were cooked a bit softer than I'd like but I didn't specify doneness. I also added a soy egg, which seemed like it had a soft yolk at one point but it firmed up a bit in my bowl. The only other topping was some scallions so the base bowl is pretty scant in that regard.

I'm not the biggest fan of miso based ramen so it wasn't my favorite bowl, but I appreciated the tender beef and the big miso flavor. My friend thought his short rib ramen was good, with a generous portion as well.

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