The Chicken w. Mushroom Yee Noodle in Casserole at Jaya(90 baxter st 212-219-3331) is my substitution when i'm craving for good ramen in japan.
I'm from tokyo( one of the biggest ramen city in japan),and unfortunately,in NY, I've never found the ramen that has the quality that I'm looking for.Dispite trying so many places, every ramen I had was very bad to just OK.Not every ramen is good in japan,but the standerd is much higher than NY.
This Jaya's noodle is NOT ramen,even doesn't look like ramen at all.However,the taste reminds me the very good ramen in japan.Good broth(no or just hint of MSG), good al dente noodle that doesn't get soft and loose in hot soup,good toppings,these are the essential element for good ramen and this noodle has it all.
The chicken w.mushroom Yee noodle is served in casserole with very good clear soup and toppings--shreded chicken,shitake mushroom,egg,veg--.The noodle itself is Yee noodle,it's a kind of special type.Yee noodle is made from just flour and egg,no water.It's once fried and dried before shipping.These things give unique texture to the noodle,it's denser,chewyer than other noodles.And this Yee noodle doesn't get soft and loose in hot soup.It's always al dente.
Other malaysian places in manhattan don't make Yee noodle soup in casserole now(there were some places that served this dish),It's not sea food noodle in casserole that can be found at many malaysian restaurants.These are served with regular noodle.
When you order this yee noodle thing,you have to mke sure that it's served really hot,I mean REALLY hot.Some times they serve it luke warm,not good.
There is the Minced pork Yee noodle on the menu,but chicken's one tasts much more like ramen.
the price is $5.50