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#81 ExtraMSG

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Posted 13 July 2015 - 01:09 PM

  I actually have to admit a mea culpa to Levbarg on the chashu.

 

I think you chased him off already.

 

It's quite possible.  I assumed either he would run away or become a really good contributor.  He chose the former.  


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Posted 13 July 2015 - 04:23 PM


  I actually have to admit a mea culpa to Levbarg on the chashu.

 
I think you chased him off already.

 
It's quite possible.  I assumed either he would run away or become a really good contributor.  He chose the former.  


Actually, you're both wrong. Mr. Taster was away on vacation. I'm sure he will be back very soon to share and help bring some much needed life back into this forum.

#83 ExtraMSG

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Posted 13 July 2015 - 09:21 PM

I kind of prefer it quiet. Less work for me.


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Posted 13 July 2015 - 09:43 PM











  I actually have to admit a mea culpa to Levbarg on the chashu.

 
I think you chased him off already.
 
It's quite possible.  I assumed either he would run away or become a really good contributor.  He chose the former.  
Actually, you're both wrong. Mr. Taster was away on vacation. I'm sure he will be back very soon to share and help bring some much needed life back into this forum.
Yup. We were in Vancouver (and Richmond) and the Canadian Rockies for a few weeks and came back yesterday. Had some great Chinese food there- not fancy, not reinterpreted or reinvented- just right. Great stuff.

I'd go into detail, but I'm sure I'd be lambasted for it. Anyone who's interested can pm me and I'd be happy to share my experiences.

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Posted 14 July 2015 - 06:14 AM

you should definitely post the names of the restaurants and top dishes in the Restaurants Elsewhere forum.


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Posted 14 July 2015 - 07:53 AM

you should definitely post the names of the restaurants and top dishes in the Restaurants Elsewhere forum.


Like I said, pm me if you want to know.

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Posted 15 July 2015 - 09:11 PM

I kind of prefer it quiet. Less work for me.

 

ExtraMSG, don't be so eager to go into retirement, you're too young for that. Hey, here's a picture of levbarg (Mr Taster) sharing some of his ice cream w/ me at What's the Scoop!

 

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Posted 02 February 2016 - 09:50 AM

Heads up to a conversation on Chowhound about the dreaded "soft poached" ramen egg.  Apparently it's a thing in Virginia Beach and Minneapolis, too.

 

http://www.chowhound...-cooked-1031511

 

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Posted 02 February 2016 - 12:09 PM

FYI, this place is now called "Kizuki Ramen". They apparently want to expand into Hawaii (just got back from Honolulu, there's a fair amount of busy Japanese chains there so smart move on their part) and "Kukai" means poop in Hawaiian.

 

As for the ramen, I've been here a few times (shoyu and shio each time) and it's by far the best ramen I've had in Portland since I moved here 14 years ago. I always upgrade to the pork belly for $1.50, and add an egg.


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Posted 02 February 2016 - 01:03 PM

Since they opened their Capitol Hill location, it's becoming quite popular up here in Seattle as well. Similar wait times and such. Ramen aficionados are quite taken by their noodles.



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Posted 02 February 2016 - 02:12 PM

Tofu aficionados like me are taken by their agedashi tofu.


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Posted 02 February 2016 - 02:43 PM

FYI, this place is now called "Kizuki Ramen". They apparently want to expand into Hawaii (just got back from Honolulu, there's a fair amount of busy Japanese chains there so smart move on their part) and "Kukai" means poop in Hawaiian.

 

As for the ramen, I've been here a few times (shoyu and shio each time) and it's by far the best ramen I've had in Portland since I moved here 14 years ago. I always upgrade to the pork belly for $1.50, and add an egg.

 

I think they're really inconsistent.  I've had noodles cooked to soggy and even upgraded pork belly that sucks, whereas their normal pork is pretty piss poor.  I stick with this assessment: 

 

 

I get why some will see this as "finally real ramen" in Portland, but I don't think it's an improvement over existing places in any meaningful way except choices.  It's worth visiting if you love ramen, though do so at off hours.  Our wait was 45 minutes on a weeknight for two.

 

 

I understand it has a nostalgic quality for certain types of ramen places, but I just the quality is inconsistent at best.


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Posted 02 February 2016 - 03:04 PM

As for the ramen, I've been here a few times (shoyu and shio each time) and it's by far the best ramen I've had in Portland since I moved here 14 years ago. I always upgrade to the pork belly for $1.50, and add an egg.

 

I like it too, but I am no expert. My husband is, though, and this is his favorite bowl (shoyu) in town as well. He always orders a "side" of broth.

 

Our wait is usually 45-1 hr.



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Posted 02 February 2016 - 04:03 PM

I do like the thin-noodle shoyu a lot. Definitely one of the best bowls in town (as well as up in Seattle). Shio is good too. I've been less enthused with the other broths and some of the thicker noodle types have been overcooked in my experience.

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Posted 02 February 2016 - 05:49 PM

Locally, I prefer the ramen at Yuzu overall. I also like a food cart in SE called UmaiPDX. I found the appetizers at Kukai to be uneven.