1/22/2012 06:52:00 PM

Noodle News: Roundeye Noodle Bar, Ramen Boy, Nan Zhou

The ramen craze that has infiltrated cities on both coasts over the past few years has yet to hit Philadelphia, where a search for the umami-rich, seaweed-infused broth can leave diners disappointed. Matyson chef Ben Puchowitz and longtime friend Shawn Darragh are looking to change that with Roundeye Noodle Bar. Though the pair does not yet have a location or funding for the concept, they do have a logo and have already completed a preliminary menu. Along with ramen, the imagined eatery will serve pho and curry, as well as other Asian-inspired starting bites. In order to drum up support, Puchowitz is holding a pop-up dinner at his Rittenhouse BYO on Sunday, January 29. The event will be cash-only and pay-as-you-go, offering succulent soups from 4 PM until the food runs out.

A more steady supply of the warming stock will be available soon, as Ramen Boy looks poised to open at 204 N. 9th Street in Chinatown within the next few weeks. The soup house is the second undertaking from the team behind japas/karaoke joint Yakitori Boy, who bring traditional Japanese cred to the venture.
In other notable consomm√© news, Chinatown’s Nan Zhou Hand Drawn Noodles is moving into bigger digs. Known as some of the best Chinese noodles in the city, the operation has been run out of a very small storefront since its 2003 opening, and proprietors are excited to expand into the former Pho 75 space at 1022 Race. Do you wish Philly had more ramen? Let us know!

Photo: mapp :: Tokyo via Flickr


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