Muku Japanese Noodle House on 14th Street NW isn’t the only Japanese ramen noodle house in town, but for the price, it’s hard to beat.This cosy establishment provides a friendly dining experience that satisfies my ramen cravings.
The menu features a concise selection of regional ramen styles: miso, made from fermented soybeans, from Sapporo; shoyu, a soy sauce-based broth, from Tokyo; and tonkotsu, a stock made from pork bones, from Hakata. The ramen noodles, made from the four basic ingredients: kansui, wheat flour, water and salt, gives it the slight yellow colouration and its unique firm chewy texture.
I had the chasu tonkotsu ramen topped with barbeque pork and assorted vegetables for $10. The secret to an awesome bowl of ramen is in its broth and the soup base at Muku was certainly rich and flavourful. Tiny bits of pork fat coated the top of soup which may be too oily for some. The noodles were fresh with a nice consistent al dente texture. I only wished they topped the noodles with more vegetables to balance the meat and to add some colour to the bowls.
My friend Jess had the Miso chasu ramen. It’s slightly more interesting with the nori on the side for a different texture and the chopped green onions on top.
My friend Al had the tonkotsu chasu wonton ramen combo with a lettuce salad topped with corn and a rice with pork for a couple of dollars more. It’s a good amount of food for under $12.
Most tables were for parties of 2 to 4 with tight spacing between the tables. However, the service is friendly, fast, and efficient. Limited parking during the prime lunch and dinner services. This is a place to go for a quick meal for small crowds.
TLDR: good neighbourhood ramen place, small restaurant