Men Kui Tei is Just What the Doctor Ordered
I know I promised to ease up on the Asian soups, but I’ve been sick all week… so back off! Sure, a good bowl of matzoh ball soup might have been tempting- but you know what is more tempting? A gigantic bowl of ramen. (Because this fat Jewish boy tends to react better to pork broth than chicken broth.) I was totally inspired by Blondie and Brownie’s post about the tonkotsu ramen at Men Kui Tei (on 56th btw. 5+6th) on Monday, and it’s been a long time since I had slurped a bowl of what I called Best Ramen in Midtown back in 2007.
Apparently 1:45pm is the time to hit up Men Kui Tei. At 12:15 the line is out the door, but at 1:45pm I quickly got a seat at the near empty bar. I toyed with the idea of ordering one of their menu delicious sounding soups (miso ramen being my usual goto), but the milky tonkotsu called to me.
And it didn’t disappoint. I’ve never tried Sapporo’s “more salty” version, but this soup was plenty salty enough… probably too much so for some. But the pork was delicious, and the ginger added a nice tang to the pork bone broth. The only thing I didn’t love was the ramen itself, which tasted a little more like pre packaged top ramen than I would have liked. (Still ate it all though…) I guess now I’ll have to try Sapporo’s version.
Men Kui Tei, 60 W. 56th St. (btw. 5 & 6th), 212-757-1642