Tuesday, May 31, 2011

// UMAIDO ramen //

Tonkotsu ramen

Honey Miso ramen

You know what a good boyfriend means to an Asian girl?  Someone who drives 45 minutes because you are craving a good bowl of ramen (or Korean fried chicken, but that's another post). In Atlanta I wish there were more options in-town, but it seems all the legit places are up on Buford Highway, which is still a good 20 minute drive at least from downtown/midtown. It'll be another 20 minutes from Buford to get up to Duluth/Suwanee area where most of the home-cooked Korean restaurants are. For me, it's not really a big deal because I grew up in Orlando, FL which means everything is really spread out and you usually drive far anyway. Atlantans get spoiled, though and HATE having to drive outside their 5-10 minute bubble. Anyway, getting off topic here. Ramen is just one of the ultimate Asian comfort foods. Growing up, we always had a case of the instant ramen in all of my family's households. Everyone adds in their extra  fresh ingredients or eats it plain, but it was always a staple. It ends up being something you just crave either late night or during a hangover the next day. My Japanese friends like Umaido's for ramen so I feel it's that much more legit. The owners are Korean but have lived in Japan for over 10 years. Check out their site: http://www.umaidos.com/.


  1. You know what's funny? I've always eaten instant ramen the way it came packaged and never added anything to it. I thought it was just Hiep and his family that added other ingredients like beef and produce. Then just a couple months ago, the girls and I were discussing ramen and they told me all the various ways they dress up their ramen! I've been living under a rock all these years, lol - Trami

  2. Yeah, those days of cooking ramen in your bathroom using the electronic kettle are over! That's what I love about ramen, everyone tweaks it their own way. Veggies, meat, etc. I remember my aunt would still eat this rather than a regular meal after a long day at work.

  3. Love the blog. John just brought this whole ramen phenomenon to my attention. We tried to go to Hashiguchi near Lenox but it was closed. What's your favorite place?