Dassara ramen ~ “Classic” chicken ramen ~ Brooklyn NY
“Classic” chicken ramen with chicken broth, braised pork belly, market greens, memna, scallion and a soft poached egg. Topping: matzo balls
Noodle: slightly kinky
Pork: 20% fat
Trekking all the way out to Brooklyn on the 2nd night of Ramenkkah is obviously a special event. It’s Ramenkkah for Christ’s sake! Dassara Ramen is a rather new ramen restaurant known for their modern twists on classic ramen served “mazeman” (brothless) style. Dassara “Classic” chicken ramen sounds interesting at first thought but what it really is more or less, is old fashioned matzo ball soup. Now yes, this is the perfect ramen for Ramenkkah! But…having a severe ramen fetish and being a Jewboy who grew up with both of his Bubbie’s constantly kicking out chicken soup (aka Jewish Penicillin) plus making matzo balls from scratch, its obvious I’d have some fundamental issues with this meshuggina bowl of ramen. The chicken broth was simply weak, lacking in salt and missing the KEY ingredient in both chicken broth and most great ramen broths-schmaltz! Dassara, how the fuck do you forget the fat!? This ramen concept could work but only if Veselka made the broth! Props to the poached egg as it was dead on and it did enhance the broth when the rich yoke leaked into it.The kitschy matzo ball topping was no doubt made by a Goy. Both of my Bubbie’s would have been offended just by the sight of them. I can hear them now saying “feh!” in unison while turning their heads and mock spitting in the air while making the sound “ta-ta”! We could over analyze forever if a real matzo should sink or float but what we all agree on is that it’s an actual ball. Dassara’s balls (insert Testicle joke here) are slightly bigger then a pea but smaller than a marble with the consistency of a cold chicken McNugget. Oy. Even though the two medium chunks of pork belly were close to perfect, they seemed as out of place as a shiksa Goddess at a Hasidic Bar mitzvah. The kinky noodle had nice flavor but was a bit over cooked for my liking. If I haven’t kvetched enough about my meal then I’d have to add Dassara’s theory of mazeman to my bitch list. I’ve eaten my share of mazeman (see past reviews) and there’s barely any broth used in the bowl. Mazeman style broth should just coat the noodles and there should be about 3 to 4 ramen spoons worth of broth at the bottom of the bowl. Dassara’s mazeman style fills half the bowl with broth. Cool, I guess but when the dish was served it seems liked the bowl was half empty and that made me a little feklempt on such a festive Ramenkkah night! In the end I’d say “meh” and I can’t ever see myself craving this ramen. Now Dassara’s Mushroom ramen is an entirely different story and I’ll be reviewing this distinctive bowl of ramen soon. Stay tuned and Happy and healthy Ramenkkah!!!