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Bassanova – Some Ramen are Better than Others

Bassanova YuzuApril 12th, 2015 Update:

I have mixed feelings about reblogging this one.  On one hand I have an important update on Bassanova (Important to me at least.  To roughly 89% of yous this is as important as the news that Bruce Jenner is now wearing a bra).  But on the other hand, after reading the original post below, I have no clue what the hell I’m talking about there.  I suppose I can just rewrite the entire thing, but that would not be keeping it real.  You are with me folks, with the good and the bad, and the terrible.  And the “He must be high on kasha or something”.

I’ll make this one quick and painless, without any Morrissey references.  Its painful enough for me to even spell Morisseey.  But I really do wish everyday was like this Sunday.  A nice day of eating with the misses where I introduced her to more of my favorites, and in return she made let me try on 17 pairs of jeans in Soho.  I’m so lucky to have her.

Adding the Yuzu Wadashi Ramen to the equation.  The Yuzu is cleaner, with a profound citrusy flavor in both the stock and noodles (Yuzu is an Asian Citrus fruit that looks like a cross between a grapefruit and a lemon).  Cleaner than the Green Curry that is, which still rocks with its complexity and chewy wavy noodles.  Its a fairly busy plate with okra, shrimp, and shaved dried chili, and almost mazemen-like with its thick broth.  Still enjoyed it, but I give a slight nod to the lighter Yuzu at this point.  We also loved the long flat sizzling hot Iron-Pan Stick Dumplings.  They are hot alright, and quite delicious with pork, chives, chinese cabbage, garlic, and scallion.  Get it!

I’m not complaining, but this is one of those places that puzzle me why there are no lines out the door like you see in Totto and Ippudo.

Bassanova Green Curry Bassanova Dumplings

May 21st, 2014 post:

The likely title if the great Morrissey would have written this one for me.  “Some Girls are Bigger than Others” by Morrissey and the Smiths always pops into my head when I go to one of those school events like I did today.  And you know what?  He’s right!  Some girls are indeed bigger than others, and not only that but “Some girls mothers are bigger than other girls mothers” (listen to the song).  You can say a lot about Morrissey, but you cant say he’s unobservant.  Today at my 12 year old Honor Society Ceremony I just couldn’t help but notice how tiny some kids are compared to others.  Some look like 16, while others look like 6.

BTW (switching to “Big mouth” as the soundtrack for this post) did you ever wonder why people put those “My child is in an honor student” bumper stickers on their cars.  Is this something you need to announce to total strangers driving behind you?  And do you honestly think that anyone would actually care and go “oh look honey, her son is an honor student, well isn’t that special”  Why not announce it to total strangers at other venues, like when entering a subway train “LADIES AND GENTLEMAN, can I have your attention please..”.  It never made sense to me. (Switching gears to “How Soon is Now”…)

Bassanova Ramen

Anyway, some Ramen are in fact better than others, and Bassanova’s Green Curry Ramen is moving up the NYC rankings.  Rankings that include heavyweights like the Akamaru Modern by Ippudo, Spicy Ramen by Totto, and Ivan Ramen’s array of Ramen and Mazemen.  The awards and various list mentions are proudly displayed on the sign in a very unique way.  But to my and the Hummus Whisperer’s shock, no mention of the “Battle of the Soups” discovery by the Hummus Whisperer back in November”.  While we didn’t expect the Bassanova founder to put the bumper sticker “I was mentioned on Eating With Ziggy” we sent him, we did expect something next to the NYT top 10.

The Green Curry Ramen is peppery, intense, and features wavy thicker al-dente noodles which I haven’t seen before in a Ramen bowl.  The added okra, shrimp and of course the porky goodness adds to the joy.  The pork stock with hints of fish was rich, complex and simply Marvelous.  Another unique Ramen to us but an increasingly common one in Tokyo is the Lemon Pepper featuring thinner more basic noodles.  The waitress grinds fresh pepper on top of the lemon slices coating the entire dish.  Check out Bassanova everyone

Bassanova Ramen
76 Mott St
Recommended Dishes:  Get the Green Curry

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Eating Without Ziggy – Buddha Bodai, Gluten Free in Chinatown

More eating adventures from the Hummus Whisperer…

I told you I’m gluten sensitive!  Did you or one of your family members ever say that?  By now we all know gluten is a more common irritant/allergen than most people think.  Some people’s intestines think gluten is evil and cause Montezuma’s revenge or worse.  This is awful to know because if you live or visit America finding gluten-free food can be depressing while you sit there watch others eat cakes and cookies.  Well, not so fast I say.  You can still enjoy yourself worry free in places like Buddha Bodai in Chinatown.

Buddha Bodai DumplingsBuddha Bodai is a kosher, vegetarian Chinese restaurant on Mott Street.  Come here if you are kosher, vegetarian, gluten-free, or all of the above.  If you are neither, you may still like it.  This is the only place in Chinatown where you may share a table with a(nother) Chinese grandma, Hasidic Jew, Buddhist monk or a European tourist (An avid EWZ reader).  This is the kind of place you slowly fall in love with.  Unfortunately, the menu is heavy on the faux meat dishes.  I personally never go for the mock meat because its just does not taste the same as the real thing, but I do enjoy veggie dishes here.  I ordered $10 worth of various dumplings.  There are some nice looking lunch special dishes, not all are gluten-free but still the largest GF selection in Chinatown.  There are no carts going down the aisle as you would expect in other places in the neighborhood.  There’s a sign upfront that this is a kosher place so that means no outside food or drink.  So don’t bring in the pork rinds.

First up, two kind mushroom Congee.  Then bamboo pith dumplings and steamed watercress dumplings.

This was my first time ever eating Congee.  While the name and texture (similar to oatmeal) are not appealing, the taste is simply delicious.  Mushrooms, some veggies and ginger – delicious!  A Congee is simply a rice porridge with a different name in every country in Asia.  Many Asians, non-Asians, and now hummus whisperers consume Congee during the day.  Bamboo pith dumplings – more awesomeness.
Bottom line is, there may be some better tasting options around Chinatown, but if you make it to Buddha Bodai you will not be disappointed and will be happy you ate healthy, gluten-free food.
Buddha Bodai
5 Mott St
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