Friday, November 21, 2014

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Graduate to real ramen at these five spots

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There's a reason people wait in those long, crazy lines — because these long noodles are crazy delicious.

Ramen is equal parts adventure and fun. Personalize it with broth, protein, and eggs; customize it with an armada of condiments; dig in with chopsticks and that cool little spoon.
 
Here are the 5 most authentic, delicious ramen spots in all of Boston.
 
5. Backbar
This cozy Union Square cocktail and small bites spot transforms into a Japanese ramen cafe every Tuesday from 4-6p, serving only 15 orders worth of their exceptional homemade recipe. No, you can't order two.
4-6p except Tue. 7 Sanborn Ct., Union Square (617-718-0249). 
 
4. Uni
Late-night ramen isn't just for college kids anymore: drop in to Uni after 11p on weekends and dig into a piping hot bowl of regular, kimchi and short rib, or vegetarian ramen.
Fri-Sat 11p-2a. 370ACommonwealth Ave., Back Bay (617-536-7200).
 
Not all noodle bowls are created equal. Case in point: Myers + Chang's lunch-only ramen features a unique and complex blend of flavors, thanks to fermented tofu, egg, nori, miso, shrimp, and scallion butter.
Mon-Fri 11:30a-5p. 1145 Washington St., South End (617-542-5200).
 
Don't be fooled by the modest digs tucked inside a Lesley University building: the cheap, flavorful ramen (try the spicy miso) served up at this Porter Square favorite attract long lines around lunch and dinner hours.
Mon-Sun 11:30a-3p & 4-9p. 1815 Massachusetts Ave., Porter Square (617-876-4805). 
 
1. YumeWoKatare (pictured)
You can't call yourself a true ramen master until you finish a bowl of hand-stretched noodles, savory broth, and delicious fatty slices of pork (starving? go for double pork). And when you finish, the whole place will give you a well-deserved ovation.
Tue-Sat 5-11p. 1923 Massachusetts Ave., Porter Square (617-714-4008).

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