I chose to eat here solely based on its name. Props to you, marketers.
While in Seattle with my family over the Memorial Day Weekend, we spent the morning shopping at University Village and of course we worked our breakfast off pretty quick. That’s when I spotted BOOM. With the rain pouring – c’mon, Seattle – we sought shelter and lunch at Boom.
Inside we were welcomed by modern wood ceiling decor and a lovely waitress who escorted us to our table. The restaurant serves several Asian cuisines, such as Thai, Japanese, Chinese, Vietnamese and Indian to name a few; I’m sure there are hybrids on the menu as well.
Usually on chilly, humid days I tend to go for warm soup, so ordering ‘Tokyo Ramen’ was a no-brainer for me. The fact that the majority of the menu has a vegetarian option shows that this restaurant can adapt to its customers’ needs. At this point I’m satisfied with the atmosphere and the options from the menu.
The entrée “Tokyo Ramen” was egg noodle in a soy sauce chicken-pork soup, with slices of braised pork, shiitake mushrooms, an egg, topped with shredded green onion.
I’m not ashamed of the amount of emphasis I put on perfectly cooked eggs with yolk still half fluid. Quite frankly, I’m obsessed with them. The egg in Tokyo Ramen is the single most BOOM factor of my entire meal. It is a raw egg that has been boiled for 30 seconds to a minute; it’s quite amazing how it is intact, as the whites were sliding off in thin films with every movement of the bowl.
As I bit into the egg it quite literally exploded in my mouth – the yolk was completely liquid with a consistency much like medium thick soup, the center barely lukewarm. With the undercooked nature of the egg, it brought a more dilute flavour compared to an egg’s usual taste. The liquid yolk is definitely different from anything I’ve ever tried. The distinct aroma of an egg lingers, but is overridden by the texture and idea of eating what is basically a raw egg.
The broth tasted light compared to many other ramen styles I’ve tried in the past, namely miso and tonkatsu. The braised pork was marinated beforehand and so brought a dash of sweetness to the dish. It was tender but still chewy. Personally I would have preferred a ‘melt-in-your-mouth’ cut of meat, but we can’t have everything in life unfortunately. Even after the addition of the sweet braised pork and bitter shiitake mushrooms however, this entrée missed the mark under my standards.
However, it might just be this dish that didn’t tingle my taste buds. My grandfather ordered the Nabayaki Udon and the soup base itself was much more savory than my entire dish combined.
Overall, I’ll be fair and say that this restaurant is certainly not the worst nor the best in the Seattle region. There are many better ones, especially for Ramen, but due to its location in University Village shopping center, the restaurant could be defended as one of the more fancier options available.
Price: $$ (out of 5)
Meals served: Lunch / Dinner / Happy-Hour
Here’s the link to the restaurant website if interested:
Have a swell day!