June 12, 2014 10:22 AM

Nom Nom Ramen

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Nom Nom Ramen

Nom Nom Ramen

Nom Nom Ramen
20 S. 18th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 988-0898

It’s said that lobster, oysters, foie gras and even caviar were once considered foods of the poor, scoffed upon by the well-to-do members of society that now consume that fare with indulgent regularity. Of course “they” means random unverified internet sources, and “well-to-do members of society” is code for the very people you hope to be some day.

In order to reach that status it’s imperative to save money, which is something you thought youwere doing the last 10 years by regularly dining on $.35 packages of ramen noodles. Little did you know that in addition to saving some money and ignoring rumors of people being killed by Cup Noodles lining, you were really just starting the latest culinary trend.

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For anyone who’s cared to notice, nothing is hotter than ramen right now (unless you get the cold version, but you can agree it is pretty gross), especially if you procure your bowl at Nom Nom Ramen. Befitting of a true Japanese noodle shop, this Center City West spot is small and no frills, but takes its ramen very seriously.

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Pork bones are boiled for more than 24 hours, maximizing the richness of the mouth-watering tonkotsu broth. Choose from shio (salt), shoyu (soy sauce), miso and karai miso (spicy miso) varieties, each with toppings like chashu (pork), seaweed, scallions, bamboo, mushrooms and black garlic sauce. It all comes together to give you a taste of Tokyo unparalleled around these parts.

Your bank account may not have changed much since college, but your ramen sure as hell has.

By Jesse Husid

Jesse Husid writes and edits E.S.P. Eat. See. Play. lifestyle content for CBS Philadelphia.

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