A (very informal) Global Nation survey. What's the best place to get a bowl of ramen? Tell us where and why by following this board, creating a pin and sending it to us (click Send and then type in Public Radio International). Or tweet with #ramennation.
Lynn Nakagawa writes: Another great ramen place is Jimbo's. Their noodles are made by hand at the restaurant every day and have an amazing texture, a little elastic and chewy. I normally take pictures of my meals, but the only pic I can find is of their cold noodle salad, which is wonderful on a hot day. Or any day.
Haley Dale shares this image and writes: "So much to love - A tiny chef owned seafood restaurant with a Peruvian and Nikkei spin - delicious! Omaha has a brilliant culinary culture. The smart traveler no longer flies over - they stop for dinner!"
新横浜ラーメン博物館 (Shin-Yokohama Ramen Museum)
Roy Arellano writes: "I've been living in Japan for the past three years and have been very fortunate to taste the best. I'm hesitant to believe that the ramen state-side can compete, but I hope it does cause I will miss Japanese Ramen. Best Ramen I've had? I have to say the ramen at Nidai-me Genkotsu-ya, which is located at the Ramen Museum in Yokohama Japan."
Momofuku Noodle Bar
Kirsten Salyer tweets her vote.
Men Oh Tokushima Ramen
Global Nation editor Monica Campbell's pick: "Great broth/egg/roasted pork, not too heavy."
Vanessa Hua writes: "One night the server came down the line and said 'only ten bowls left' -- we were the last lucky ones. The people behind us glumly said, 'I guess we can go to Fresh Choice' -- which seems like no choice at all! I like it too because it's in a suburban strip mall. Not all great ethnic food are in cities."
Rose's Meat Market and Sweet Shop
Ralph Litzinger sent this photo and writes: "It's a kind of high end butcher here in Durham; all their meats are 'local' and they do all the butchering on site. They this use their own freshly slaughtered pork back and they only make the ramen on Wednesdays until it runs out. I like it in large part because it is served up in an unlikely place."
Shefali Kulkarni writes: "This popular ramen spot in Washington, D.C. has some amazingly spicy ramen. I used to go there when I was warding off a cold and the spicy broth would always clear me up. Randomly, they also made amazing mushroom dumplings."
Zen Box Izakaya
Robert Schlauch Jr. writes: "I tried their kimchi ramen and thought it was good. I saw other ramen specials offered on nearby tables and they looked delicious. I'm waiting for them to offer duck ramen again; I missed out on it the last time it was offered."
Ivan Ramen Slurp Shop
The day the shop opened, Ivan Orkin's wife sent an anonymous letter to Tokyo's most prominent ramen critic, saying that a crazy American chef was making ramen in town, and suggesting that he check it out... Later that week, the critic wrote on his blog that he went to Ivan Ramen. "And he wrote that it was really good," says Orkin.