In and round Chicago, Ramen has proven to be extremely popular. With this popularity, the choices of Ramen vary from satisfyingly delicious to enjoyable. This traditional Japanese dish fluctuates depending on the chef’s audience. For the American audience, some chefs have taken liberties to appeal to a broader palate. At Miku Sushi, diners experience true, authentic Japanese Ramen.
“Japanese people, especially those who have lived in Japan, know what a great Ramen is supposed to be,” explained Liem. “In Japan, Ramen is not a dish made in the home-it is too time consuming and laborious for home cooks, so people go out for Ramen. Restaurants in Japan have the staff to constantly attend to the broth as it cooks throughout the day. This is essential for the Ramen to reach its full potential.”
While the chef will never reveal the secret to Miku Sushi’s Ramen, the restaurant’s recipe comes from a famed Japanese recipe. The restaurant is passionate about creating an authentic, refined Ramen. Simmered over a three-day period, the Ramen is bursting with layers of flavors. The longer the Ramen cooks, the more concentrated the flavors of the dish. The Miku Sushi Ramen will entice guests to return time and time again.
Miku Sushi prepares two types of Ramen, a mild version and a spicy version. The milder version, Tonkotsu Ramen, is made from egg noodles, rich pork broth, pork belly, soft boil egg, bamboo shoot, sesame, scallion, mushroom, bean sprout and garlic oil. The spicy version, Spicy Roasted Garlic Miso Ramen, is prepared with egg noodles, rich pork broth, pork belly, soft boil egg, bamboo shoot, sesame, scallion, mushroom, bean sprout, roasted garlic, chili pepper and sesame oil.
“What I’m most proud of is that we’re serving Ramen that our Japanese guests applaud, because they know what the Ramen experience is supposed to be like and we are fortunate to have met their very high standards,” said Liem. “We hope everyone will stop by and find out what truly authentic Ramen is all about.”
Miku Sushi is located in the Lincoln Square neighborhood at 4514 N. Lincoln Avenue. The restaurant’s menu includes a wide selection of fresh, high-quality Japanese cuisine prepared from the finest ingredients: soups, salads, small plates, maki, ramen, sushi, nigari, special entrées and desserts. The full bar serves creative Asian-inspired cocktails and a wide selection of sakes, wines and beer. The restaurant is open Sunday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and on Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. All major cards are accepted. Ample parking is available on the street or in nearby public parking lots. For more information or to make reservations, please call Miku Sushi at 773-654-1277 or visit the website, www.mikuchicago.com.