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Ramen Flight, Teterboro, NJ

Welcome to what might be the hardest restaurant reservation to get in the country at the moment… a “seat” at the counter for one the new weekly “Ramen Flight” meals offered by Sun Noodle and Ramen Lab out in Teterboro, New Jersey!

Every Friday, the Ramen Lab will open its doors for between four to eight lucky guests to attend for the most comprehensive and educational ramen experience every seen outside Japan! With only two seatings, times will vary in the coming months, but I was lucky enough to be part of their inaugural “Flight” this past Friday. And I must say, it’s an opportunity that no noodle lover should pass up!

Acclaimed Japanese ramen chef Shigetoshi Nakamura has teamed up with Kenshiro Uki and George Kao of Sun Noodle, and together they have created the ultimate “Ramen 101” class/tasting menu, where you can learn everything you need to know about the history of ramen, the process of noodle making and the creation of broth, tare & soup. Then you get to take a tasting tour of Japan through five different bowls of ramen that Chef Naka personally prepares right in front of you in his open kitchen!

Oh, but there technically are no “seats”, as you stand and eat. This is known as “tachikui”, which is traditionally how ramen is meant to be sipped and slurped in Japan. This is really as authentic as it gets!

The “Ramen Flight” actually begins with a tour of Sun Noodle’s factory and facilities to give you a better understanding of how ramen noodles are produced…

You then head back to the kitchen where Chef Naka gets to work creating the five styles of ramen he will serve, while Sales Manager George Kao walks you through an in-depth history of ramen’s origins, expansion, styles and culture. I learned so so much.

I don’t want to give away too much away here as you really have get out and experience one of these Ramen Flights for yourselves, but the guys gave me the okay to share some of the info and pics from my afternoon of noodle noshing.

First up were thin & wavy noodles that had been aged one day…

They were used in our first bowl, traditional Tokyo style ramen…

And right from the first bowl, you get to see Chef Nakamura demonstrate his patented ramen shaking technique…

Fresh thin & straight noodles were up next…

Used in a bowl of Kyushu style tonkotosu ramen…

Chef used pork shoulder here rather than the pork belly you see more typically at ramen joints here in the States.

Nakamura-san of course made his own pork bone broth which he cooked for over 30 hours…

Next up, thick & wavy noodles came into play..

Put into a piping hot bowl of Sapporo style miso ramen with roasted corn & butter…

The difference in this preparation was that in the first two bowls of ramen we had, the noodles were cooked last and then added to the soup. But here, Chef fried up pork, bean sprouts and Chinese chives, then added the tonkotsu soup to that pan…

Which he then put back on the stove to simmer while he boiled the ramen noodles. The soup was then added to the bowl last…

Noodle number four was thick soba style noodle…

Which was served mazemen style, without soup, but with chicken fat, mushrooms and a six minute egg…

And lastly, another thicker yet wavier noodle…

For the tsukemen style ramen, where the noodles and the soup are served in two separate bowls, and you dip your noodles…

In this case, dried fish is added to the broth to create a more distinct flavor…

While tickets may be hard to get, in fact it looks like they’re sold out now, when seats do open up again, do yourself and a favor and try your best to get them and get out to Jersey to Ramen Lab.

Go. Look. Learn. Feel. Smell. Taste. Enjoy.

You’ll never see, or slurp, ramen the same way again!

RAMEN LAB / SUN NOODLE

375 North St., Unit O

Teterboro, NJ 07608

201-530-1100

http://sunnoodle.com/ramenlab

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  3. homeappetit reblogged this from eataku and added:
    I’m currently OBSESSED with ramen. This sounds like a dream.
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  5. paulkawai reblogged this from eataku and added:
    Welcome to what might be the hardest restaurant reservation to get in the country at the moment… a “seat” at the counter...
  6. mindofachef reblogged this from eataku and added:
    This looks like some serious ramen eatin’… we may just have to make a trip and find out for sure…
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    I want in!
  12. theshaunsnow reblogged this from eataku and added:
    I would love to do this. Alas, as a poor father of three, that ain’t gonna happen. :(
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