Angela and I recently had lunch at Mok Bar, a small ramen shop in Chelsea Market that combines Korean flavors with Japanese ramen. It seems like a natural combination, but I’m surprised there aren’t more ramen-ya like this one. I’m sure that some ramen snobs will say it’s not authentic, but I found it to be extremely tasty. It’s a refreshing take on Japanese ramen without deviating too far from the classic flavors.
There are several vegetarian appetizers and ramen bowls on the menu. I’ll have to try some of the appetizers on my next visit. The mushroom tempura, vegetarian dumplings, and disco fries topped with kimchi both sound very tempting. So many options!
Angela ordered the Black Bean Ramen ($12). Soupless ramen topped with a thick black bean sauce , braised pork, cucumber, pickled daikon, and scallion. The sauce looked fantastic, and Angela mentioned that the pork was especially delicious.
I ordered the Vegan Miso Ramen ($12). Perfectly al dente noodles in a kombu shiitake doenjang broth topped with tofu, vegetables, crispy potatoes, and scallion. Hands down the best vegetarian ramen I’ve had in NYC… oh wait, it’s actually vegan! You would not guess that this is vegan based on how complex that broth is. So delicious. Beautifully presented, and every component was nicely prepared.
Mok Bar, I hope I’ll see you again soon! I like Chelsea Market, but man, that place just keeps getting more and more touristy over time. I’ll have to suck it up and dodge people if I want more yumminess from Mok Bar. The things I do for ramen!