All You Can Eat: Slurping Your Way To Better Ramen

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Ramen shops have popped up all over the Bay Area dishing out bowls of the classic Japanese comfort food. But members of the Japanese diaspora have long been disappointed by the offerings here. The broth is a little thin. The noodles can be a bit meh. Many wonder why their favorite dish to cure a hangover isn’t as good as what they can get standing at the bar of a ramen shop located on the platform of a Tokyo train station. The desire for a better bowl of ramen has propelled a handful of Bay Area residents to try their hand at improving on the dish by making a better noodle or changing up the recipe for the broth.  In our latest edition of All You Can Eat, our series on Bay Area food cultures with KQED food editor Luke Tsai, we’ll talk about innovations in ramen and where you can find the best slurp around. What’s your favorite ramen restaurant?

Restaurants mentioned in the show:


Clint Tan, founder and owner, Noodle in a Haystack

Luke Tsai , food editor, KQED Arts & Culture

Shotaro Uchida, founder and owner, Iseya Craft Noodle

Kayoko Akabori, founder and owner, Umami Mart