I was recovering from the flu, but I was a supportive wife and trekked it out to Brooklyn to watch ATO play in a soccer match. As my incentive, he promised we could grub on hot, savory bowls of ramen at Dassara after the game. The PERFECT recovering-from-being-sick food!
I’ve blogged Dassara before. I liked the ramen I got last time. But I have to blog it again, because the ramen we tried on this visit was absolutely incredible (and although ATO will disagree, better than the first visit)!
ATO wasn’t craving a hot soup right after his big soccer workout, so he ordered the sesame Szechuan noodles. These are served cold, in a creamy (but not heavy) sesame sauce, with Szechuan dressing, kimchi pickled vegetables and smoked tofu. Result: it’s rich, smoky, tangy, tart and has a bit of a kick. Yum. A nice change from the hot versions.
I wasn’t sure my stomach could handle indulging in a super rich pork- or chicken-based broth tonight, but the vegetarian mushroom ramen was calling my name. This ain’t no usual vegetarian ramen - one that’s entirely too light on flavor or substance - just placed on the menu to appease the vegetarians who are dragged into a ramen shop. This is some very savory hearty-a$$, satisfying umami-inspired mushroom broth. It is served with mixed wild mushrooms, nori, wilted greens, bamboo shoots (my favorite) and chopped scallions. Variety is the spice of life, and I love that each twirl of the chopsticks contained so many veggie delicacies. The flavors in this bowl are immense and intense and amazing. It is the best vegetarian ramen I’ve ever tasted, and definitely gives any ramen (vegetarian or not) a run for its money. I’m totally infatuated. I’ve been seriously obsessing over this ramen night and day (especially in this crazy cold weather). I want, I want, I want!!!
On a sad note, the lamb ramen (see post from last time: http://photo-hungry.com/post/34183359648/dassara-brooklyn-ramen) is currently unavailable. Apparently their lamb purveyor was dislocated by Sandy, and they haven’t found a good replacement. ATO was dejected when he heard the news. And while I truly do hope that their supplier can get their business up and running again soon, I personally won’t be affected, cos from here on out, I’ll be ordering the mushroom ramen every time anyway!