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Restaurant: #3060: Jinya Ramen Bar – Chicken Wonton Ramen – United States

Restaurant Ramen: #3060: Jinya Ramen Bar - Chicken Wonton Ramen - United States

So it happened. A date night. These are pretty rare for us and a lot of fun! So we decided to give another ramen joint a try. Tonight, it’s Jinya Ramen Bar in Bellevue, Washington.

Jinya Ramen Bar – Chicken Wonton Ramen – United States

15600 NE 8th St. Suite O-11 Bellevue, Washington 98008 * Website

Restaurant Ramen: #3060: Jinya Ramen Bar - Chicken Wonton Ramen - United States

Here’s their menu for this location.

Restaurant Ramen: #3060: Jinya Ramen Bar - Chicken Wonton Ramen - United States

My wife Kit. She kicks ass – she’s always up to try something new!

Restaurant Ramen: #3060: Jinya Ramen Bar - Chicken Wonton Ramen - United States

The table accompaniments. Surprised that there wasn’t any togarashi to sprinkle.

Restaurant Ramen: #3060: Jinya Ramen Bar - Chicken Wonton Ramen - United States

We’ve tried the izakaya (appetizers) at all the ramen restaurants we’ve been to. This is their ‘Jinya Bun” – ‘steamed bun stuffed with slow-braised pork chashu, cucumber, and baby mixed greens served with JINYA’s original bun sauce and kewpie mayonnaise’

Restaurant Ramen: #3060: Jinya Ramen Bar - Chicken Wonton Ramen - United States

Here are their ‘Mini Tacos.’ ‘slow-braised pork chashu and kimchee in a crispy wonton taco shell’

Restaurant Ramen: #3060: Jinya Ramen Bar - Chicken Wonton Ramen - United States

Decided to try takoyaki this time – ‘battered octopus over egg tartar topped with kewpie mayonnaise, okonomiyaki sauce, fresh cut green onion and smoked bonito flakes’

Restaurant Ramen: #3060: Jinya Ramen Bar - Chicken Wonton Ramen - United States

For the main course, Kit opted for a rice bowl – she said it was pretty good.

Restaurant Ramen: #3060: Jinya Ramen Bar - Chicken Wonton Ramen - United States

Here’s what I ordered (click to enlarge), their Chicken Wonton Ramen (wantanmen). Their menu had this to say – ‘chicken broth: wonton, spinach, green onion » served with thin noodles.‘ The noodles were indeed thin. They married to the broth just perfectly. The broth was extremely good – very rich and gave me that same feeling as having noodles that had a runny egg yolk on them – pure bliss. The wonton were extremely good as well with nice texture and innards. Chicken flavor throughout. I can’t explain how absolutely fantastic this was and can say easily at this point that this bowl eclipses all other bowls of ramen I’ve sampled in the area, putting them to shame. A no-brainer 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.

Restaurant Ramen: #3060: Jinya Ramen Bar - Chicken Wonton Ramen - United States

A side-angle of the bowl (click to enlarge).

Restaurant Ramen: #3060: Jinya Ramen Bar - Chicken Wonton Ramen - United States

This greeted me at the bottom of the bowl and honestly I was sad to see it. It meant that my ramen was indeed gone and my short, tasty life at Jinya Ramen Bar had ended. Perhaps we shall return and try something else next time.

A Thank You To Some Great Local Businesses

I wanted to let people know about some pretty neat places around where I live. I live in a small town called Kenmore which is at the north end of Lake Washington. We moved here in March and really have enjoyed it a lot so far – my wife has commented that she’s felt at home here quicker than any of the other places we’ve lived which is really nice! Anyways, I wanted to give a quick shout out and thank you to some businesses around here that you should check out if you’re in the area!

I joined a facebook group called Kenmore Neighbors shortly after we moved here and learned a lot about events and happenings in the area. A fellow named Justin from Cutting Edge Upholstery posted saying that they had lots of fabric samples they wanted to get rid of. I thought hey – maybe these would be the right size for backgrounds for noodle photos! I usually do placemats, but I always like to get something new. Well, as it turns out he had a couple dozen! So I brought him some noodles and got some great new backgrounds you’ll see soon!

Actually, you’ve possibly already seen one (click image to enlarge). This is a bowl of laksa I made for a special post celebrating Singapore’s 50th Anniversary. If you need your furniture upholstered, check out Cutting Edge Upholstery! Thank you!

A short drive away in Lynnwood next to the HMart on 184th, there was an empty spot here for ages and then recently we noticed Katsu Burger setting up shop. I was curious when I saw the name, but I thought maybe we should investigate further!

Wow – tonkatsu burgers! How awesome is that?! This is the Ninja burger and it’s efreaking huge! I guess if you want to be crazy you can get the Mt. Fuji – I think that one has three patties on it – chicken, beef and pork! Amazing…

They also have a Chotto Snack – and it’s definitely more than a snack – 6 big pieces of chicken or pork tonkotsu and a side of fried. I think the fried are my favorite thing about this place: you can get sea salt, nori, spicy or CURRY FRIES! I got the curry fries and it heralded back to my younger days when me and a friend would come back from the local pub crawl in Anacortes and douse potatoes in the oven with curry powder. These come out much better and your fingers will smell like curry for days! Probably the best thing in the universe. Check out Katsu Burger in Lynnwood and other spots in the Seattle area!

Back to Kenmore and to a new shop that just opened a couple weeks ago: Daddy’s Donuts. It’s a twist on the regular old donut shop where you get lots of different big donuts. What you can get here are mini donuts, and then they add different toppings. My wife Kit is holding the Coco-Loco, 3 donuts with some chocolate, tres leche drizzle and coconut flakes. Great stuff! Come and check out Daddy’s Donuts!

#879: Song Hak Rice Topokki Bowl

While at the KS Mart in Lynnwood, Washington, I saw this and had to give it a try. Wasn’t sure what (if any) noodles would be within, although I know one thing: topokki (or ttebokki) are really neat – they’re like enormous noodle chunks. Korean food is awesome stuff. Here’s what Wikipedia says about how it arrived in its current form:

Following the Korean War a new type of tteokbokki became very popular. While the older version was a savory dish, this latter type was much spicier, and quickly became more popular than the older traditional dish. In addition to traditional ingredients, this tteokbokki used gochujang, a fermented, spicy paste made from chilli peppers, along with fish cakes. Other ingredients added to tteokbokki include boiled eggs, pan-fried mandu (Korean dumplings), sausages, ramyeon (which then becomes rabokki/labokki 라볶이), a variety of fried vegetables, and cheese. These days, many kinds of tteokbokki are popular such as seafood tteokbokki(해물 떡볶이) or rice tteokbokki(쌀떡볶이). Flour tteokbokki was popular in early days, but rice tteokbokki is more popular these days.

Sindang-dong in Seoul, where tteokbokki was first sold, is still very famous for the dish and treated as the mekkah of tteokbokki. Since Tteokbokki has become one of the most popular dishes, one will easily find a place to enjoy eating Tteokbokki in Korea.

Check out the full Wikipedia article here. Now, let’s open this thing up!

Here’s the importer’s sticker (click to enlarge). Ethyl alcohol? Yep – you definitely smell it when its cooking in the microwave.

Here are the side panels (click to enlarge). The sticker was hard to remove – my apologies.

Hey! A new included fork for the Included Forks page!

Here’s the topokki! Like big trippy noodle pieces.

Here’s the spicy sauce!

Hey what is this? I’m taking a shot in the dark here, but I think what you do is open it and pour water into it up to the line. This one’s going to be a real crap-shoot as far as figuring out how it is prepared, but here’s my guess: empty everything into the bowl as well as 50ml of water. Microwave for 2 1/2 minutes. Hope for good results…

Finished (click image to enlarge). I decided to pair it with some of the kimchi I also got at KS Mart in Lynnwood, Washington. I know, it’s a little greenish still – it was very fresh and it’s not completely ripe yet… I have trouble resisting the kimchi. Speaking of kimchi, my 7 year old boy HATES the stuff. But he’s awesome so here’s a link to his blog, Andy’s LEGO Stuff. So the stuff on the right – that’s the topokki. The topokki is chewy and hearty and enjoyable! The flavor is wonderful – spicy like gochujang and has just the right spices and stuff; kind of reminds me of canned ravioli sauce but spicy and a ton better. This should replace anything remotely like Spaghetti-O’s on your shelf if you can find it! This is some tasty and really spicy stuff! Yeeow! 5.0 out of 5.0 stars – pure tasty awesomeness in a very simple form.n UPC bar code 8803560010692 .

You know, every day that I realize that there hasn’t been a huge explosion of Korean and Indonesian restaurants in this country it saddens me a little more. I’m so lucky to live in an area that has a rich ethnic population and a lot of Asian groceries!

This guy’s gotta be happy going to school there! Wow!

#748: Naengmyeon Combo at Hosoonyi In Edmonds, WA

Okay I know – I don’t usually review restaurant food but I thought I would this time. After our trip to Nongshim and learning about Korean food and culture, we were curious about this local restaurant. I looked through the menu and decided I should give their noodles a try! I found Naengmyeon combo and thought that might be good. I had no idea what it would be about, except that noodles were involved and that it was ‘good in the Summer.’ Here’s what Wikipedia says about Naengmyeon:

Naengmyeon (hangul: 냉면, naeng-myeon, naengmyun, naeng-myun, meaning “cold noodles”) is a Korean dish of long and thin hand-made noodles made from the flour and starch of various ingredients: buckwheat (메밀, memil), potatoes, sweet potatoes, 칡냉면, naengmyun made with the starch from arrowroot (darker color and chewier than buckwheat noodles), and kudzu (칡, chik). Varieties with ingredients such as seaweed and green tea are available. According to the 19th century documents of Dongguksesigi (동국세시기, 東國歲時記), it has been made since the Joseon Dynasty.[1]

Originally a delicacy in northern Korea, especially the cities of Pyongyang and Hamhung in North Korea, naengmyeon became widely popular in Korea after the Korean War.[1]

Naengmyeon is served in a large stainless bowl with a tangy iced broth, julienned cucumbers, slices of Korean pear, and either a boiled egg or slices of cold boiled beef or both. Spicy Mustard sauce (or Mustard oil) and vinegar are often added before consumption. The long noodles would be eaten without cutting, as they symbolized longevity of life and good health, but modernly, servers at restaurants usually ask if the noodles should be cut prior to eating and use food scissors to cut the noodles.

Cold noodles? Not what I expected but it’s always a good idea to try new things, and so I did.

Being a combo, it came with some nice BBQ short ribs. These were very tasty and quite enjoyable.

Here’s the Naengmyeon. Wow – definitely different. I think these were either buckwheat or sweet potato noodles; not sure. The slushy ice in there was very interesting; and it worked very well! I can see why they would say this is good in the summer – I think it’d be great on a 90+ degree day!

See the color of the noodles? Very different. This was an interesting dish – probably not something I’ll frequent again but not for reasons of poor preparation. This was very nice quality and very nicely presented – but I think suffice it to say that I am not a fan of cold noodles. Nice little restaurant with pretty good service. Check it out if you’re in Edmonds, WA! The noodles get 3.75 out of 5.0 stars.

Here’s a video about Naengmyeon

The Ramen Rater Makes Front Page Everett Herald Newspaper

 Awesome!!! Here’s the link so you can read online. I want to thank Noah Haglund and Dan Bates for their great work on the article and photography! Thanks again!

#390: Menraku Japanese Curry “Soba” Bowl

So we went to the brand new Bellevue Washington Uwajimaya a couple days ago and wow – pretty awesome! Got some nice bowl noodles to try – here’s one!

Packet left is powdered seasoning, right is vegetables and tofu.

I think that looks like it’s going to be really good! The curry smells awesome!

Click image to enlarge. Added two fried eggs. Wow – this is great! Kind of tastes like Golden Curry – the stuff you get in the little boxes? The broth is tasty as can be The noodles were a slightly weaker than I expected but not too bad. But the veggies and tofu were excellent – very nice! Giving this 4.0 out of 5.0 stars!

Curry soba in Tokyo – that stuff looks amazingly tasty!

The Ramen Rater – Interview On KWLE 1340AM Anacortes, WA

So this morning, I had an interview on KWLE ‘The Whale’ from Anacortes, Washington! It was a lot of fun and I’d like to thank Glen and everyone at KWLE for doing the interview! Here’s a video of the studio cam and the interview!