Posted by: Jeffsayyes | June 12, 2010

Judy Ruminates… Minca – East Village Japanese

Here’s Judy with her review of Minca. I had a ramen phase which lasted about 3 places. I still respect it, but I guess I’m not much of a soup guy (That might be an ignorant statement). I love the movie Tampopo though. — Jeffrey Tastes

Category: Japanese
Neighborhood: East Village
536 E. 5th Street
(between Avenue A & Avenue B)
New York, NY 10009
(212) 505-8001

If you’re a fellow ramen chaser, I will give you my rating in the following code:

    Rai Rai Ken- 5th
    Menchanko 55- between 4th and 5th
    Setagaya- 4th
    Santoka (NJ)- 3rd
    Minca- 2nd
    Ippudo- 1st

For the rest of you, Minca is a must-try. Their pork and chicken broth (found in the minca ramen dish, among others) is fantastic, with a multi-dimensional flavor that the pork-only broth lacks. The pork-only broth, however, has the full fatty creaminess that you might be looking for on a cold winter’s day. I recommend the shoyu if you’re doing the pork broth.

The pork slices were also delicious, with a tenderness and fattiness that is in constant danger of disintegrating into the nether murkiness of the broth if you nibble them. Do as I say, not as I do: 1) take pork slice 2) shove pork into mouth. Granted, you will only have two to shove into your mouth and then it’s done. No more oink.

We also tried the homemade pork gyozas. These were beauties to behold. Delicately thin-skinned with the right crispiness on the outside. Juicy porkiness on the inside. Yum.

The only thing that I didn’t really care for here were the paintings. They’re bizarre as hell. —Judy Ruminates

$25 and Under from NYT
Chowhound – Best Ramen in the E Village
Japan in the East Village from the Past to Now – Chopsticks NY
Ramen adventures and Tampopo at The Eaten Path

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