America's Best Ramen

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Daniel Krieger

Japan’s comfort food has become a certified craze. Here’s where to find the best bowls of noodles for a steaming slurp.

Toki Underground, Washington D.C.

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When opening his eclectic 25-seat ramen and dumpling den above D.C.’s H Street corridor, chef/owner Erik Bruner-Yang reveled in the music and art and family recipes of a youth spent in both Japan and Taiwan—including a stint at a Hakata ramen joint in Taipei. Tonkotsu broth bowls are served up classic (chashu pulled pork, soft egg, seasonal vegetables, pickled ginger), livened with red miso and kimchi, and pushed into something entirely new: the Taipei Curry Chicken melds Japanese curry, Chinese-style ramen noodles, and Taiwanese five-spiced fried chicken into a uniquely hearty hybrid. tokiunderground.com

America's Best Ramen

Toki Underground, Washington D.C.

When opening his eclectic 25-seat ramen and dumpling den above D.C.’s H Street corridor, chef/owner Erik Bruner-Yang reveled in the music and art and family recipes of a youth spent in both Japan and Taiwan—including a stint at a Hakata ramen joint in Taipei. Tonkotsu broth bowls are served up classic (chashu pulled pork, soft egg, seasonal vegetables, pickled ginger), livened with red miso and kimchi, and pushed into something entirely new: the Taipei Curry Chicken melds Japanese curry, Chinese-style ramen noodles, and Taiwanese five-spiced fried chicken into a uniquely hearty hybrid. tokiunderground.com

Daniel Krieger
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