When you've had ramen done right, you just know. It's a shame it's even referred to by the same name as its Styrofoam cup counterpart. The base is always a flavorful, unique broth with an extra boost from added traditional Japanese veggies like seaweed (Japan's bay leaf) and kamaboko. All that's poured over fresh egg noodles and garnished with an egg on top.
Quite possibly the most-underrated comfort food, we're sure ramen will be the next big trend in Valley soup consumption, after everyone pho-gets about pho. Plus, the tasty soup comes with tons of broth base flavor options like tonkotsu (pork), shoyu (soy sauce), shio (salt) and miso. Last time we pitted two ramen joints against each other, Republic Ramen won, even landing the Best of Phoenix title for Ramen in 2011. But can the chic ramen joint can defend its title against a traditional heavyweight called Sushi Ken?