A yummy ramen restaurant in a convenient location downtown
Downtown Chicago isnt really known for having the best culturally diverse foods. Everything seems to be watered down to the American bar vibe to please tourists. However, this little ramen restaurant has remained pretty authentic to it's Japanese character. After trying this place once when I just moved here (right after I got back from my Japan trip) , I decided to give it another try after my taste buds got more used to ramen in America lol
Of course, I always get the miso ramen (it's my favorite go-to) and luckily for me, Ramen Misoya has two different options for miso, the Tokyo and the Hokkaido. It seems like the Tokyo miso is a yellow miso, which means it has a lighter, sweeter flavor. This is the one I chose because I prefer lighter ramens. The Hokkaido is a red miso which means its slightly more savory and umami.
I love making miso ramen at home with a blend of yellow and red, but yellow is my favorite. The flavor of the soup is so flavorful yet light, kind of hard to explain. Although the picture looks like the broth is really oily, it didn't taste too rich. I also got the spicy version, which was not too spicy but very enjoyable. The toppings (cabbage, ground pork, menma, bean sprouts , fried tofu and fried onion) were just okay, they didn't blow my mind but still tasted good.
The most enjoyable part of the dish were the noodles. Surprisingly so, because I usually like firmer noodles in my ramen. Although these weren't super firm, they had really good flavor and seemed to absorb the flavor of the broth really well.
Another plus of this place is that they have good vegetarian options, my friend got the vegetarian broth and said it was really good!
After not liking this place that much the first time I had it- I was actually really impressed with how much I liked it this time! Honestly- it may be one of my favorite ramen places in all of Chicago