My first ramen experience took place at TenTen Ramen in Mount Vernon. At the time of my visit, it was the only strictly ramen shop in the city and I was looking for an authentic experience. Despite the mixed reviews on Yelp, I decided to try it anyway. Ordering is done at the counter and then your number is called and you pick up your food.
After looking over the menu, it occurred to me that most items have pork (which I don’t eat) so my friend and I decided to start with the Fire Roasted Edamame. This edamame was insanely flavorful with a nice spice that didn’t overpower, nor did it build in the back of your throat and make you chug water as you finished the dish.
My friend ordered the Chashu which was essentially a fried rice with pork. However she also doesn’t eat pork and TenTen was unable to accommodate substitutions, basically leaving my friend with a plate of fried rice. She found the dish to be a little bland, but that’s not to say that it’s bland with the pork addition.
The real reason we headed over to Mount Vernon, was for the ramen. So, I ordered the Braised Beef Ramen (it was the only non-vegetarian option without pork) and added an egg. The ramen was super flavorful, and underneath the beef and egg there were piles and piles of noodles. I added some spice flakes to the dish to give it some more flavor but it would have still been good without the added heat. At the end, the dish got a little salty but it was still great.
Despite the limited menu, I still throughly enjoyed my meal at TenTen Ramen.
Know of any other ramen or noodle spots or restaurants in Mount Vernon I need to try? Let me know in the comments below!
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