TenTen Ramen in Mount Vernon recently closed and in its place, The Burning Hen opened up. The space is an izakaya, Japanese-style pub, and I don’t believe there is another space like it currently in Baltimore. A friend and I recently went for dinner and we could not have been happier with the meal.
Most of the menu is small plates, so we opted to share some things and started with an order of Edamame. Which we both throughly enjoyed.
We also tried the Burning Hen Frites which I seriously could not get enough of. The crispy fries were drizzled with creamy spicy aioli, takoyaki sauce, aonori (seaweed), and katsuobushi (bonito flakes). The sauces and other toppings added a nice spicy, salty, savory flavor. These were delicious.
We also decided to share four of the Premium Kushi (grilled skewers of meat) and selected the chicken breast, chicken meatball, marinated beef, and shrimp. They were all delicious, but my favorite of the four was the chicken meatball. It was flavorful and juicy – definitely make sure you order this one.
My friend loves fried chicken, so she couldn’t pass up on ordering the Karaage Chicken. It was marinated in ginger, garlic, and soy then fried. The exterior was so crispy without being at all greasy and the meat inside was so juicy. The only thing missing from this dish was a dipping sauce.
The waitress recommended an order of the Chicken Dumplings and I’m so glad she did, this was my favorite dish of the night. The steamed dumplings were served in a soy vinaigrette that doubled as a broth. These were so flavorful (like every other dish we ordered). The chicken was juicy and the broth was sweet and salty. I’m drooling just thinking about this dish.
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