If you’re looking for a lot of variety in your ramen bowl, Warehouse is the place to go. Aside from a few appetizer options, Warehouse’s entire menu centers around creating your own personal dream ramen bowl. Incorporating an array of Southeast Asian ingredients, Warehouse’s ramen has a more Americanized style while still using elements like mung beans, kimchi, and bok choy. First, choose your style: black garlic tofu with edamame, five-spiced pork belly with braised collards, togarashi shrimp with bok choy, Thai chili turkey meatballs with blistered shishito peppers, lemongrass chicken with ginger carrots, or Korean BBQ short rib with pickled mushrooms. For a hearty, comforting base, opt for the traditional beef bone broth or go vegetarian with the umami flavored miso and vegetable broth. Warehouse even gives you the option to select alkaline noodles or flat rice noodles. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can also add kimchi, a soft boiled egg, jalapeños, or chili oil to take the heat up a notch.
Once known as the Short Grain food truck, Jackrabbit Filly is a new permanent restaurant in North Charleston. Though the menu has slightly expanded, Jackrabbit Filly still offers all of its favorite items, including traditional and nontraditional ramen options. The duo behind the spot, Corrie and Shuai Wang, also pioneered an annual pop-up event called Ramen with Friends, which brings together top local chefs to create their own unique take on the dish. Keep a look out for this year’s event featuring another favorite southeast Asian kitchen, Pink Bellies.
Former chef at Tu and Xiao Bao Biscuit, Jamey Fairchild debuted a new pop-up concept in August to bring his knowledge of southeast Asian cooking to the table. While the menu at his pop-up is always changing, Fairchild often whips up a type of ramen dish called ba mii nahm bpet that uses a roasted Peking duck broth as the base instead of more traditional pork. The handmade alkaline noodles are a classic choice and sliced duck and chili duck fat adds a delightfully savory protein. To top it all off, the dish features mung beans and gai lan (also known as Chinese broccoli). Gingerbug frequently adds other types of noodle bowls to its menu including a vegan Buddhist-style pho chay and Kuaytiaw Kai tuun, a southeast Asian take on chicken noodle soup. Catch Gingerbug every Monday at Tu starting at 5:30pm and every Thursday at Big Gun Burger Shop at 4:30pm.