Having lured Iron Chef Morimoto for a ramen judgment day in the East Village, Grub Street had the chance to score a valuable noodle primer for the uninitiated. The athletic chef admits he hasnt been eating much ramen recently because of its high calories and sodium (he once considered a career in pro baseball and exhibited hyper-quick reflexes during the tour by catching Grub Street by the arm mid-fall when we slipped on rain-slicked cement). But hes quite familiar with Japans BQ Gurume, or B-class gourmet, which includes ramen, curry, tonkatsu, and soba. Below, Morimoto's iron ramen tips.
1. Because noodles get soggy in hot soup, its better to eat them right away.
2.You can specify how you would like your noodle cooked. You should choose your favorite texture, but traditionally, you might say katamen, for al dente.
3. If youre very hungry, you can order kaedama to get an extra bunch of noodles. Youll add them to your broth, so make sure you save some soup in the bowl.
What East Village ramen did Iron Chef Morimoto like best? Click to see his Number 1 pick.