While ramen is often associated ’round these parts as cold weather food, it has seasonal variants. Summer brings cold noodles served in light broths, sometimes even icy.
Come cold season, expect richer and sometimes spicier broths to keep you warm through the night.
Here are five new seasonal ramen bowls to slurp through the cold season.
Ikkyu Japanese Restaurant
2040 W. Orange Grove Rd. Ste. 180
NEW! Start this week on 18th.BLACK TANTANMEN BLACK SESAME PASTE AND TONKOTSU SOUP MIX FLAVOR. IT IS EXTRA SPICY…
Ikkyu’s Black Tantanmen features their signature pork-based tonkotsu broth seasoned with black sesame paste and extra spice. The black sesame adds a roasty, nutty flavor that helps temper the heat of the extra spice. Toppings include bean sprouts, spicy ground pork, green onion, bok choy, and shredded red pepper.
Please note that ramen is only available at Ikkyu on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.
For more information, visit ikkyutucson.com.
2041 S. Craycroft Rd.
Mama Louisa’s takes an Italian take on ramen. The pork and veal stock and house-made alkaline noodles are topped with a soft-boiled egg, braised beef cheek, shaved parsnips and radish, and herb salad. The dish has been adjusted gradually since it joined the menu.
For more information, visit mamalouisas.com.
OBON Sushi Bar Ramen
350 E. Congress St.
OBON’s menu is updating quite soon, but no official date has been announced yet. However, they revealed their upcoming Johto Ramen with a chicken/pork/fish/red miso broth, garlic chili ground chicken, chashu, pickled Fresno, tabe-rayu, enoki mushrooms, black garlic oil, katsuobushi, toasted sesame seeds, and a soft-poached egg. Expect multilayered garlic flavor and umami. Though it has some spice, don’t expect Cyndaquil heat.
For more information, visit fukushuconcepts.com.
2955 E. Speedway Blvd.
Raijin’s three spicy Tantanmen variations highlight the fiery intensity of chili peppers. If you’re easily overwhelmed by heat, don’t go hotter than the Tantanmen Regular — the Tantanmen Spicy includes habanero in the mix. The Tantanmen Akuma is more for the capsaicin sadists looking for a challenge.
Keep up with Raijin Ramen on Facebook.
3912 N. Oracle Rd. Ste. 100
New Ramen available now !!!KOGASHI NINNIKU RAMEN ( ??????? ) BLACK GARLIC RAMEN
Samurai’s Black Garlic Ramen features a unique savory depth along with a touch of sweetness and bitterness from the black garlic.
New Ramen available now !!!NAGASAKI CHAMPON ( ??????? ) SEAFOOD TONKOTSU RAMEN
The Seafood Tonkotsu Ramen boosts the rich chicken and pork broth with the briny umami of seafood.
Keep up with Samurai on Facebook.
Honorable Mention: Thunder Canyon Brewstillery
220 E. Broadway Blvd.
Thunder Canyon features a different ramen special every Monday. The noodles are made in-house, too. The toppings are far from traditional, but the culinary team there has a trustworthy palate to adventure with.
Keep up with Thunder Canyon Brewstillery on Instagram.
For a list of local ramen shops to visit year-round, read 12 Spots for Japanese Ramen in Tucson.