We’re talking about he Oiimen at Oiistar. It’s the signature ramen at a new ramen joint in Wicker Park. It is served with pork loin, egg, tree ear mushrooms, spicy oil and garlic, but we recommend substituting belly for the loin. Other varieties include a seafood Musclemen and vegetarian spicy Veggiemen. We also recommend really examining this bowl, because ramen after all is the new hot food trend.
Like all good ramen it starts with a good broth, slow simmered pork bones release a rich flavor into the silky liquid. The mosaic of ingredients is as artfully placed as it is prepared. The yolk from a soft-boiled egg oozes into the broth, it sits next to tender strips of mushrooms and crispy scallions on the other side of the bowl are thin slices of melt-in-your-mouth pork belly. It is served with a ceramic spoon the size of a small ladle perfect for slurping into spring.