As Seattle’s winter continues to storm and swirl with wind and rain, a hearty and comforting bowl of soup beckons to warm your soul. And if you’re feeling a bowl of ramen, the Seattle area has a few ramen shops that should be just right for slurping.
It goes without saying that a few of us at Seattle Refined love ramen. From Naomi’s telling of the ramen at Ramen Bushi-Do to Jenny extolling the experience at Belleveue’s Hokkaido Ramen Santouka to my salute of Tsukushinbo’s Friday ramen, we’re in the tank for ramen. And what’s not to love? Rich, complex broth showcasing technique, personal style of the kitchen, and depth of flavor. The spring and bite of properly prepared ramen noodles. And an array of toppings or other personal touches to make the experience wholly your own. Slowly and surely, Seattle is adding more ramen shops to its restaurant mix and here are a few more to get on your hitlist for the next ramen craving.
Arashi Ramen. Tucked away on a side street in Ballard, away from the hustle and bustle of Market Street or Ballard Avenue, sits Arashi Ramen with their bowls of tonkatsu broth ramen. Opened in the spring of 2016, the Ballard shop is the second from the folks at Arashi Ramen (the first is in Tukwila). A visit to Arashi for their ramen is to experience their tonkatsu broth. Tonkatsu broth is richer with more body and heft than shoyu and shio broth. The broth will have an opaqueness to signify the effort and care Arashi Ramen took to get to their finished product.
Ooink. When Ooink dropped at Capitol Hill’s Harvard Market in the fall, they flew under the radar for a bit, but that’s no longer the case. This space for 18-or-so seats has been on fire with people lining up for Ooink’s ramen. And rightly so. The broth displays depths of flavor for a rewarding ramen experience. Which should be the case after following along with Ooink’s facebook and the pride they have in their ingredients. Definitely try the Shio ramen with its broth that displays a deft balance of lightness and richness, all rounded out with noodles that have plenty of bite and bounce.
Super Six. While not ‘ramen’ in the traditional sense, the saimin at Columbia City’s Super Six is not to be missed. Saimin is influenced by many culinary traditions and Japanese ramen is definitely one of them. The history of Saimin as a dish of Hawaii is a fascinating one and the rendition at Super Six reflects its island roots. Loaded with kalua pork and spam, it’s a filling dish sure to please any eater. Super Six further ups the ante for their dashi and shoyu broth-based saimin with mushrooms, bok choy, and a healthy hit of green onions. The slivers of ginger rounds everything together with their sharp bite.
But Seattle’s swoon with ramen doesn’t stop there. In the near future, we’ll have more ramen shops at our disposal. From Josh Henderson’s upcoming Kiki Ramen to the pending arrival of Japan’s Tentenyu on Capitol Hill, eaters will have a few more options to get their ramen fix. While Seattle isn’t quite at the level of San Francisco, LA, or New York with their array of ramen shops, we’re on our way up, posting up in our corner of the country just fine, thank you very much.