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Nom Nom Nom – Review: Ken’s Noodle House, Allston, MA

Ken's Noodle House, Allston, MA

The former Ken's Noodle House in Allston, MA

It’s been a while but I have another Nom Nom Nom restaurant review this week. Unfortunately, this is a rather sad one, since Ken’s Noodle House has been officially closed since this past Sunday, January 16, 2011. The reason is, the owner, Ken, is moving on and moving back to Japan. So, let’s give Ken one last hurrah while he prepares to continue on his journey in the Far East.

Ken’s Noodle House
1 Brighton Ave
Allston, MA 02134

Review Date: January 2011

This small little quaint place off to the side of the Super 88 Market in Allston, MA has been touted as one of the authentic Japanese ramen places in the Boston area. I had ordered the Soy Sauce Ramen and much to my surprise, it was indeed “nom nom nom.” It *may* have been just been a tad bit too salty (for my own tastes) but it was to be expected since it was named “soy sauce” ramen. Other than that, it was delicious. I guess what makes Ken’s ramen so good and “authentic” would be the soup. According to an article I just read from a Q&A with Ken himself, the soup is “based on chicken bone and pork bone” and “cooks for about six to seven hours” and it was definitely flavorful to me. The other thing that made his ramen so good would be the noodles themselves. He says, and I quote,

“We were the only restaurant in the US to use a special noodle imported from Japan. I was also using another really good one from Los Angeles, but the imported one is very, very good.”

And I can definitely sense what he meant by that. While eating the noodles, they had a certain kind of consistency to them. They weren’t soggy and soft from the soup; they were kinda chewy and felt like they had a certain “spring” while gnawing on them. So you can probably tell that that was some high-quality noodles you just ate and was fresh and they probably didn’t come out “instant” in a refrigerated/frozen package instead.

As for the toppings, different kinds of noodles came with all different types of toppings but the most common were like pork slices, scallions, sprouts, and veggies as you can see from the pics. But there were options for additional toppings, such as, a hard-boiled egg or even butter!

It must have been some kind of fate for us to just randomly decide to try Ken’s Noodle House on their very last day. Otherwise, it would’ve been quite the tragedy. Honestly, I had been avoiding this place for a while because I had an “ok-good” experience at some other ramen place around; it was only “meh” so that might’ve affected my tastes and opinions too. It’s too bad that I didn’t give this place a fair shot early on and get to try more of his noodles. We can only hope that the next ramen shop opening in his place will be just as good… sorry Ken! And so long, farewell! Hope you come back to Boston and open another place again!

Money: $ (out of 4)

Good date place? Hmm I guess? It was a quaint little shop; nothing fancy huh.

Grade: A

Would I return? (Yay or nay): Yay, if it was still open. . . 🙁

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Related article: Using his noodle to go home – Source: The Boston Globe/

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