Dish No. 90: Spicy Miso Ramen at Ramen Setagaya


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Today’s pick: Spicy miso ramen ($10.50) from Ramen Setagaya.

This is a very fine bowl of ramen all around, but it’s the broth that makes it one of our favorite dishes — brick-red, zipped with plenty of chile, the miso base adding salty, nutty heft and backbone. It’s deliciously full-flavored: hot but not incendiary, habit-forming. If some ramen broths are long-simmered and subtle, this one practically smacks you over the head.

It floats with cabbage; bean sprouts; slices of bamboo; tender pork belly; an egg with luscious, barely cooked yolk; and a handful of corn, which adds its sunny sweetness to the spicy bowl. And, of course, underneath all that, there is a heap of ramen, the yellowish noodles pleasantly al dente.

Previously in the countdown:
Dish No. 100: Zaragoza Grocery’s Flor de Calabaza Quesadilla
Dish No. 99: No. 7 Sub Shop’s General Tso’s Tofu Sandwich
Dish No. 98: Nigerian Goat Stew From Baku
Dish No. 97: The Captain’s Daughter From Saltie
Dish No. 96: Bun Bo Hue From Thanh Da
Dish No. 95: The Beauty From Mile End
Dish No. 94: Potato, Egg, and Provolone on a Roll at Torrisi Italian Specialties
Dish No. 93: The Terrine Board at the Breslin Bar and Dining Room
Dish No. 92: Sausage and Egg Breakfast at La Bonbonniere
Dish No. 91: Roasted Carrots at Porchetta