Noodling Around: Nine Tasty Asian Spots
by Kathleen Squires
Zuzu Ramen (left) photo by Malcolm Brown; Naruto Ramen photo by Will Steacy
Say the word "ramen," and many people are instantly transported back to a college dorm, when Cup Noodles was the cheapest way to sustain students through final exams. But ramen, which originated in China, is more than "just add hot water." The Japanese even use their noodles as an art form, with two dozen regional styles and an entire museum devoted to the dish. The painstaking recipes for authentic ramen combine fresh noodles and layered broths that cook for hours, sometimes even days. One taste of the real thing and you'll never even consider the packaged stuff again. Here's where you can score the most slurp-worthy bowls around the boroughs.