Vasastan, north of Ostermalm
Birger Jarlsgatan 93
tel +46 8 15 55 39
On a recent trip to Sweden, this ramen lover was thrilled to have the opportunity to try some ramen on a different continent. Ramen Ki-Mama's sister restaurant, Sushi Ki-Mama, is regarded as the best sushi restaurant in the city, so I had high hopes for its ramen. Fortunately, Ramen Ki-Mama did not disappoint!
Our party of two arrived around 6 PM on a Thursday evening and was immediately seated in the clean but playful restaurant. It is a casual place, as evidenced by the self-serve napkins and chopsticks on every table, but maintains some sophistication with polished tables, a full bar area, and colorful wall murals.
Ramen Ki-Mama offers the three basic ramens (shoyu, shio, and miso) along with a variety of more exotic combinations. While some of these combinations may be pushing the boundaries of authentic ramen, they do use Asian ingredients and flavors. The presence of the three basic ramens is enough to keep a traditionalist happy, while the creative ramens will satisfy more adventurous eaters.
We ordered the shoyu ramen, which comes with roast pork, egg, bamboo, nori, and scallions, and the wakame ramen, which is spicy and comes with primarily chicken and seaweed in a shio broth. Both ramens arrived hot and with beautiful presentation of toppings over generous quantities of noodles.
I was pleasantly surprised that my shoyu ramen was delicious and rivaled even the better West Coast ramen restaurants (or maybe my expectations were set low after my recent trip to Wagamama). The pork was not too fatty, the broth was not too salty, and the noodles were cooked perfectly! The egg was also nicely warm, when all too often it arrives cold in a bowl of hot soup. The wakame ramen was spicy but not overwhelmingly so, and equally as delicious.
In short, you don't need to be in Asia or the US to enjoy an authentic ramen experience. Next time you find yourself in Stockholm, head straight for Ramen Ki-Mama for a bowl of delicious noodles.
Note: At the time of my visit, the exchange rate was approximately 1 USD = 6.8 Swedish KR.
Tuesday, May 29, 2007