Room-Temperature Ramen and Cooling Appetizers From Nippon
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).
Photo by Joanna O'Leary Pork Ramen
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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