Totto Ramen…

Wednesday, April 13, 2011 4comments No tags Permalink 0

…where the Vegetarian Ramen

…puts the house Totto Chicken Paitan Ramen to shame.

Met Kayt for an early dinner last Wednesday. We arrived at 6pm and there was a 30-minute wait. Crazy. And for a weeknight too. She opted for the vegetarian and I had the chicken ramen with a topping of seasoned avocado.

Chicken ramen features a whole chicken and shoyu-based broth with scallions, onions, char siu, and nori. Straight noodles are housemade, cooked al dente. Satisfying. Until I took a spoonful of Kayt’s vegetarian broth and started second guessing my order.

I came back the following night for a vegetarian bowl of my own.

The vegetarian broth is made from a konbu and shitake mushroom base. With a spicy yuzu paste, it’s unexpectedly hearty especially when completed with a literal rainbow of vegetables. Look close and pick out asparagus, mushrooms, red and yellow peppers, spinach, and that same seasoned avocado I added to the house ramen. The toppings change seasonally – will be exciting to return in the summer for a new set of vegetables.

Totto Ramen
366 West 52nd Street
New York, NY 10019
(212) 582-0052

  • anonymous
    April 13, 2011

    I am not a fan of ramen… in fact… I think I might even hate ramen… but these bowls look delicious!

  • Kathy YL Chan
    April 14, 2011

    Hi Stephanie! Aren't they pretty? All the bright spring colours of the vegetable were gorgeous! :)

  • anonymous
    April 14, 2011

    I love Totto Ramen! It is totally worth the wait outside. I've never tried their vegetarian Ramen, but I'm sure it's good. Chef Teppei is very talented!-Andy

  • anonymous
    April 14, 2011

    wait waaaaaat?! that's nuts! i gotta go try this then! vegie > chicken?!?!

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