This week I experienced a bowl of Ramen Noodles from The Big Munch, located in Miller 139. Upon first entering the restaurant, which mostly functions as a dorm room, my nose was filled with the smell of teenage boys. I was seated on a green couch with a red storage box as my dining table, and a fly buzzed about the room.
To begin the meal I was offered a piece of gum to “cleanse the palate”. The head chef Phil Scott proceeded to prepare the food right before my eyes, much like a classy Japanese steak house. When asked about his technique Scott replied, “Normally people like to put it in for two minutes but I put it in for one minute and fifteen seconds and stir it.” While the noodles slowly revolved in the microwave I was offered an appetizer platter which consisted of hand blended trail mix, peanut butter, and Men’s daily multivitamin, all served upon a Spanish book. For an added touch, sad-looking wilted flowers were placed on the table. I can only assume that this was an attempt to enhance the dining experience.
The noodles were a good consistency of chewable. The length of the noodles was also satisfactory, none of them being obnoxiously long, but long enough to slurp up. The water-to-noodle ratio was a bit off, with a minimal amount of water added, but for only having a fork to eat with, it made sense. The flavor was about what is expected from Ramen but with something extra. Scott’s secret ingredient is a fish food garnish which he claims enhances the flavor.
Overall I would rate this dish 3 meh’s out of 5. If you are looking for a classic bowl of Ramen with a little zest, call up Phil Scott at The Big Munch and have him make you a bowl. And if you have a dish that you think is the best and want it critiqued, e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
–By Jessica Sprunger