Room-Temperature Ramen and Cooling Appetizers From Nippon

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Pork Ramen
It feels like 105 degrees outside, yet still craving ramen? Not an uncommon situation for Asian noodle soup lovin' Houstonians in the summer months. In the humid hell that is August, there's something to be said about letting a giant bowl of ramen delivered to you piping hot, cool to room temperature (colder than average anyway because of the air conditioning).

Nippon may not have the best udon and ramen in town, but their pork ramen is consistently terrific and their selection of starters, diverse and comprehensive. And, most importantly, it tastes even better when it's not boiling.

To best prepare your palate as well as keep with the "beat the heat" theme at Nippon, choose a starter that similarly improves under (near) arctic conditions. Standbys such as edamame and fried tofu (agedashi tofu) are solid but are boring companions to the flavor maelstrom that is Nippon's ramen. Take advantage instead of the fact that Nippon offers over 20 different additional appetizers, organized appropriately by protein (or lack thereof).

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Location Info

Nippon Japanese Restaurant

4464 Montrose Blvd., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant


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Supremely Unjust
Supremely Unjust

C'mon, you got better to write about down in Houston than noodles. Check out a facebook page called OBAMA ANSWER THIS. Some of the links show documents indicating the Houston YMCA perjured itself to Texas labor officials, which is a state felony, and other documents show evidence they used perjurous testimony in court in a federal civil rights lawsuit to prevent a jury trial. That info is on http://stillsupremelyunjust.yolasite.com, but yet another site shows actual emails showing the man involved refused to do discrimination on blacks and men and that the YMCA simple gave him an unlawful excuse when he protested. What is worse is that the judges knew all of this and knowingly allowed and used the perjury to boot the case from court while ignoring all the former employee's supporting evidence and testimony -- something totally out of line in pre-jury-trial proceedings.

Den Kuma
Den Kuma

I always get tenzaru soba when it's hot outside

Evan Gabriel Bernard
Evan Gabriel Bernard

One more, then I'm out. How could the author fail to mention hiyayakko (chilled silken tofu with bonito flakes)? My favorite summertime appetizer from Nippon.

Evan Gabriel Bernard
Evan Gabriel Bernard

And cool, the author likes room temperature food, but I'll bet that that sounds appealing to pretty much nobody else. What a weird article.

Evan Gabriel Bernard
Evan Gabriel Bernard

Whaaaaat in the hell? Did Nippon punch your mother in the nose or something? Why would you ever title something so misleadingly and damagingly?

KaitlinS
KaitlinS topcommenter

I've never heard of ramen being served room temperature...I thought it was always supposed to be very, very hot...? Anyone got some insight?

bridey.oleary
bridey.oleary

@KaitlinS The first paragraph of the article explains the choice to let it cool to room temperature.

bridey.oleary
bridey.oleary

@Bruce_Are Wrong you are. Don't you see how my tale of cold noodle soup is an allegory for perjury and judicial misconduct?

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