Dining With Denise Neil

USA Today tells nation to try this bowl of Wichita ramen

Spicy garlic ramen from Yokohama Ramen Joint
Spicy garlic ramen from Yokohama Ramen Joint The Wichita Eagle

Ramen is a trend across the country, and if you doubt it, just look at the list of 50 ramen restaurants that newspaper USA Today recently collected for its website.

The paper managed to come up with a ramen restaurant to suggest for every single state in the union. Even Alaska. Even Idaho.

Even Kansas.

The ramen restaurant from Kansas that that the paper chose to feature was Yokohama Ramen Joint, which opened in Delano in April 2016. It’s owned by Jack Fukuda and it serves a long menu of authentic and exotic Japanese soups.

“Opened in 2016 by a chef from Yokohama, Japan, Yokohama Ramen Joint aims to bridge the culture between the Midwestern U.S. and coastal Japan in Wichita, Kansas,” reads the entry about Yokohoma. “Black garlic oil adds a savory, slightly spicy flavor to bowls of traditional ramen.”

Fukuda promptly posted a link on his Facebook page thanking his customers for their support.

Those willing to travel to nearby cities for ramen experiences also might want to check out Oklahoma City’s Goro Ramen and Vista Ramen in St. Louis, according to the list.

If you want to take its Wichita suggestion, though, I recommend ordering Yokohama’s spicy garlic miso ramen, which has a rich, red broth and is floating with corn and pork. The restaurant’s is open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sundays, Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays and from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.

For more information, call 316-260-7031.

Steam from hot yakisoba noodles make thin fish flakes on top perform a graceful dance. Video by Denise Neil.

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