Ippudo – Japanese Ramen at its best!

For many, the idea of a hot bowl of Ramen brings up nightmarish times of sleepless nights in college when cash flow was so low, one resorted to packs of 19 cent cardboard microwave ramen.  But, this could not be further from the experience you will have dining at Ippudo.  The steaming bowls of tonkatsu (pork) broth release a delicious, rich aroma that beckons you to bend in for a more saturated smell.

Each tonkatsu bowl contains, at a minimum, the decadent broth, a healthy portion of noodles, medallions of fat laced chashu pork, sesame kikurage mushrooms, menma (seasoned bamboo . . . → Read More: Ippudo – Japanese Ramen at its best!

Num Pang – Cambodian inspired sandwiches

Num Pang is an itsy-bitsy sandwich shop in Greenwich Village near Union Square that offers a variety of Cambodian inspired sandwiches.

On this particular day, I opted for the Pulled Duroc Pork which was recently featured as one of the best sandwiches in NYC in the Time Out magazine.  As is the case with every sandwich here, the pork sandwich was dressed with sliced cucumber, pickled carrots, cilantro and chili-mayo.  I thought that the chili-mayo conflicted in flavor with the honey-glaze on the pulled pork, which turned me off a bit.  My dining partner heartily disagrees though, so take . . . → Read More: Num Pang – Cambodian inspired sandwiches