By Matt Juul, Boston.com correspondent
Get excited food fanatics: it’s National Noodle Month!
Here are five tummy-rumble-worthy ramen joints that have us waiting with eager chopsticks:
Guchi’s Midnight Ramen Pop-Up: Widely credited as the catalyst for Boston’s recent ramen craze, Guchi’s Midnight Ramen is one of the more popular noodle tickets in town. Guchi’s, a side project of O Ya chefs Yukihiro Kawaguchi and Mark O’Leary and alum Tracy Chang, features a signature bowl of house-made noodles in rich pork broth that’s quickly become one of the most sought-after dishes in town. The catch: this mouth-watering ramen is only served during specific events at some of the city’s chicest locations. Keep up with Guchi’s Twitter page if you want to get a ticket to the next tasting event as they sell out extremely fast.
Sapporo Ramen: In Porter Square, this Cambridge noodle house offers ten different takes on the dish -- from your typical house ramen to spicy miso ramen, a blend of spicy ground pork, corn, scallions, and simple noodles in a warm bowl of broth. Sapporo also keeps things affordable, with each dish hovering in the $8 range.
1815 Massachusetts Ave.
Yume Wo Katare: A more recent addition on the ramen hot spot map, Yume Wo Katare (pictured) has helped turned Porter Square into the unofficial hub of the delicious Japanese dish in Boston. Chef and owner Tsuyoshi Nishioka serves nothing but ramen from this Cambridge counter, but the dish is so delectable that patrons are known to loyally brave the lengthy lines that stretch down the block.
Make sure to get there on time, though, since the restaurant is only open between 6-11 p.m.
1923 Massachusetts Ave.
Myers + Chang: This hip Asian fusion spot in the South End serves up a combination of shrimp and tofu with super skinny Kyushu-style noodles. Their $12 bowls of ramen are only available on the restaurant’s lunch menu, so get there early!
145 Washington St.
Myung Dong 1st. Ave: While ramen is considered Japanese cuisine (even though the meal hails from China), this Allston kitchen puts a Korean twist on the noodle dish. The restaurant offers three types of ramen for around $7. These bowls feature additions like sliced carrots and egg drops.
166 Harvard Ave.
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