Ramen Noodles for Lunch at Zengo DC

The ramen noodle phenomenon has arrived in DC, especially with hot spots like Toki Underground. But this is not that ramen noodle you had during your college years. Instead, I’d consider this to be a step up and will please most palettes. Walking the sidewalks of Chinatown a few weeks ago, I noticed a sign that Zengo DC was opening up their downstairs lounge for lunch and offering a lunch bar menu. So on a cold Friday, I ventured to Zengo with a friend to try out their new lunch menu.

 I didn’t have to look over the menu twice; I had to try their pork belly ramen noodle. It was served with a poached egg, mushrooms and bok choy and I asked for a small side of siracha sauce as well. The broth was so rich and flavorful, definitely sodium rich, but done in a way were the salt wasn’t too overpowering. There was a super tender pork belly and crispy pork skin mixed into the broth, the crispy pork skin was pleasantly surprising and gave quite a nice balance of texture to the dish. Sitting at the bar, I couldn’t help but slurp my ramen noodle soup, I mean, how else was I going to eat it?

Overall, this was a very pleasing dish to me. I was a little skeptical ordering at first, but it was amazingly well executed. I was happy with my lunch decision, and for only $10, you can’t go wrong. I even came home raving to my husband about it; I need to have him try it as well!

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