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(Seattle Weekly)   Popular Japanese ramen chain Kukai Ramen to open its first ever American franchised outlet at strip mall in Bellevue, Washington, where the locals are tired of pho and want some chilled tsukemen goodness   (blogs.seattleweekly.com) divider line 40
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2012-11-22 10:34:41 AM
"...with no lingering, cloying, fatty aftertaste?"
 
FAIL
 
Play down to your audience Ramenista, play down to your cloying fatty audience.
 
2012-11-22 11:55:41 AM
Neat. I'll go. Ramen is great.
 
2012-11-22 12:01:14 PM
Seattle Weekly, owned by out of town company, covering a Bellevue strip mall opening, and without giving the address.

Quality work all around.
 
2012-11-22 12:22:23 PM

Generation_D: Seattle Weekly, owned by out of town company, covering a Bellevue strip mall opening, and without giving the address.

Quality work all around.


Agreed on most points except the last. The address is on the bottom of the article. There's a map and everything there, Einstein.
 
2012-11-22 12:23:30 PM
Tired of pho? I don't think that's actually possible. Where else can I get my tendon fix?
 
2012-11-22 12:44:53 PM
Sounds great! Makes me wish I still lived/worked in Bellevue.

Of course, the place may have changed in the 25+ years since I lived there. And I only worked in Bellevue (US West), and lived on Mercer Island ;)
 
2012-11-22 01:27:28 PM
tsukemen goodness

Do they also have hadouken?
 
2012-11-22 01:35:51 PM

antron: tsukemen goodness

Do they also have hadouken?


↓, ↘, →,P
 
2012-11-22 01:39:30 PM
Wait what's the name of the company? Well, I know why they started in Seattle, instead of here in Hawaii, then.

/"kukae" is Hawaiian for "dogshiat"
 
2012-11-22 02:15:59 PM
Picture of the first district manager, knows the secret ingredient.
enlightenyourday.com
 
2012-11-22 02:19:04 PM
"tired of pho"

Inconceivable.
 
2012-11-22 02:49:47 PM

Bonanza Jellybean: "tired of pho"

Inconceivable.


Improbable.
 
2012-11-22 03:07:16 PM

Bonanza Jellybean: "tired of pho"

Inconceivable.


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2012-11-22 04:11:33 PM

Bonanza Jellybean: "tired of pho"

Inconceivable.


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The opposite of inconceivable
 
2012-11-22 05:26:25 PM

PapaChester: Bonanza Jellybean: "tired of pho"

Inconceivable.

Improbable.


There is a place nearby that calls themselves the King of Pho. They're really good too. You haven't lived until you've had a little Pho King.
 
2012-11-22 05:51:22 PM

The All-Powerful Atheismo: There is a place nearby that calls themselves the King of Pho. They're really good too. You haven't lived until you've had a little Pho King.


I've been there, it's Pho King delicious.
 
2012-11-22 06:25:30 PM
If they open near me I'll probably try them. I like noodles.
 
2012-11-22 06:29:59 PM

stiletto_the_wise: The All-Powerful Atheismo: There is a place nearby that calls themselves the King of Pho. They're really good too. You haven't lived until you've had a little Pho King.

I've been there, it's Pho King delicious.


I never go there. The line to get in is always too damn long. It's one great bit pho queue for the customers.
 
2012-11-22 06:31:09 PM
Proper ramen with a real soup broth compared to instant ramen is like comparing an Italian granny's cooking to a can of Spaghetti-Os.

If I was anywhere nearby, I'd go for a delicious bowl of pork tonkatsu ramen.
 
2012-11-22 06:45:50 PM
Reviewers are also struck by the Tokyo location's clean-lined décor: "It has a very modern atmosphere and a lot of the customers tend to be female," according to a SunnyPages blogger.

I'll go.

There's a frou-frou noodle place in my area that I keep meaning to try out.

Underbelly
 
2012-11-22 09:39:25 PM

stiletto_the_wise: The All-Powerful Atheismo: There is a place nearby that calls themselves the King of Pho. They're really good too. You haven't lived until you've had a little Pho King.

I've been there, it's Pho King delicious.


Pho real?
 
2012-11-22 09:56:02 PM
Wake me up when Coco's is stateside
 
2012-11-22 10:30:28 PM

Wizzbang:
If I was anywhere nearby, I'd go for a delicious bowl of pork tonkatsu ramen.


Ramen nazi here - tonkatsu is breaded fried pork cutlets, not a common ramen combo.

Tonkotsu, OTOH, is a ramen broth made from boiled pork bones. I know, I'm a jerk.

Ramen, like pho, is all from the quality of the broth. I doubt it can be mass produced like Chipotle tacos.
 
2012-11-22 10:54:02 PM

ChaoticLimbs: Bonanza Jellybean: "tired of pho"

Inconceivable.

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The opposite of inconceivable

Guess that would be infinitelyconceivable
 
2012-11-22 11:28:30 PM

El Pachuco: Wizzbang:
If I was anywhere nearby, I'd go for a delicious bowl of pork tonkatsu ramen.

Ramen nazi here - tonkatsu is breaded fried pork cutlets, not a common ramen combo.

Tonkotsu, OTOH, is a ramen broth made from boiled pork bones. I know, I'm a jerk.

Ramen, like pho, is all from the quality of the broth. I doubt it can be mass produced like Chipotle tacos.


Semantics! :) Some of the best pork broth is made by boiling bones and other things for more than 24 hours. The best is naturally thickened, without any added starches, because they boil a batch of bones, reduce, boil another batch of bones, reduce, and keep going. So much yummy gelatin! The restaurant in the op probably takes shortcuts since it's a chain, but it'll still taste better than anything most people stateside have tried.
 
2012-11-23 12:20:02 AM

intotheabyss81: ChaoticLimbs: Bonanza Jellybean: "tired of pho"

Inconceivable.

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The opposite of inconceivable
Guess that would be infinitelyconceivable


Clowncarconcievable, at the very least.
 
2012-11-23 12:24:31 AM

Noah_Tall: stiletto_the_wise: The All-Powerful Atheismo: There is a place nearby that calls themselves the King of Pho. They're really good too. You haven't lived until you've had a little Pho King.

I've been there, it's Pho King delicious.

I never go there. The line to get in is always too damn long. It's one great bit pho queue for the customers.


We have a Pho place around here called Pho Kim and Pho King. I go for pho at Danh's Garden.
 
2012-11-23 12:30:08 AM
I once asked someone where to get good Vietnamese food, he said Pho U. Well, Pho Kim.
 
2012-11-23 12:43:22 AM
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2012-11-23 02:19:02 AM

Noah_Tall: stiletto_the_wise: The All-Powerful Atheismo: There is a place nearby that calls themselves the King of Pho. They're really good too. You haven't lived until you've had a little Pho King.

I've been there, it's Pho King delicious.

I never go there. The line to get in is always too damn long. It's one great big pho queue for the customers.


Well, check your local store, then. I hear they sell a make-it-at-home box set, just say you want a pho kit.
 
2012-11-23 02:58:03 AM
Fark you, I'll never get tired of pho.

Nice to see my hometown listed on Fark though.
 
2012-11-23 03:28:52 AM
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/love me some brittany murphy
//fark homeland security
 
2012-11-23 05:26:18 AM

adenosine: Tired of pho? I don't think that's actually possible. Where else can I get my tendon fix?


Came to say this. I miss my skirt flank. Mine's a large special with extra "lemons" (that's what all the pho places I've been to call limes.)
 
2012-11-23 06:18:17 AM

ChaoticLimbs: Bonanza Jellybean: "tired of pho"

Inconceivable.

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The opposite of inconceivable


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2012-11-23 09:10:32 AM

El Pachuco: Wizzbang:
If I was anywhere nearby, I'd go for a delicious bowl of pork tonkatsu ramen.

Ramen nazi here - tonkatsu is breaded fried pork cutlets, not a common ramen combo.

Tonkotsu, OTOH, is a ramen broth made from boiled pork bones. I know, I'm a jerk.

Ramen, like pho, is all from the quality of the broth. I doubt it can be mass produced like Chipotle tacos.


Not entirely the broth. Mostly yes, but since you're a ramen nazi, I feel I should point out the type of noodles, thickness, of the noodles, and degree to which they are cooked can be pretty important. If we're talking tonkotsu, then I assume we're talking Hakata ramen. You want thin, straight noodles, very lightly boiled. The thicker, egg-based noodles used in most miso ramens won't work so well with this type of ramen.
However, this Kukai ramen appears to be a tonkotsu and seafood broth mix (hence the popularity with women), so different noodles would work better here.
Now what about the toppings?
 
2012-11-23 10:18:00 AM
there is a pho garden near my house, I like to go there and get a nice egg noodle with flank and also a couple extra eggs thrown in the broth. I love that order, but I always get a look!

(course they have a tendency to skimp on your noodles if you do that, cheap bastards



/I sound fat
 
2012-11-23 11:36:21 AM
I live in the Philippines. A couple of days ago I was walking along up the street, and happened to pass a little streetside eatery. The cook was making something that had star anise in it, judging by the aroma. I've been craving pho ever since.

/No pho places or even Vietnamese restaurants here, and I miss that food.
//I've seen a ramen place or two though. I haven't tried them yet.
/// ///
 
2012-11-23 12:22:33 PM
That's awesome, but won't they just be competing with Boom Noodle at that point? And Boom makes all their noodles fresh in-store.
 
2012-11-23 12:30:44 PM

The My Little Pony Killer: That's awesome, but won't they just be competing with Boom Noodle at that point? And Boom makes all their noodles fresh in-store.


I like some of Boom's dishes (mongolian beef mainly) but the ramen is sub-par. In fact all the ramen I've ever had has been crappy and not better than the 25 cent stuff I bought in the early 90's. Maybe there's some platonic ideal of ramen out there but I haven't seen it.
 
2012-11-23 12:32:23 PM
Most pho places are bad. The ones that are good will just blow your mind. Thankfully the first one that I ever went to was a good one, or I never would have gone again. I'm addicted to that stuff now. I love it. I introduced the wife to it and she loves it. The kids now love it. Everyone that I've taken there that enjoys good food loves it. People who think Chilis and Applebees are good restaurants don't usually care for it, but we all know we can ignore what they think about food anyway.
 
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