New England: The Best Ramen I Ever Had Is At A Ski Mountain
Let’s be clear: I love ramen. While I do not consider myself an expert, I have had my fair share of this delicious meal, and do seek it out occasionally. This past weekend, I had the best ramen I have ever had, and it was a ski mountain in New England.
Miso Hungry is the clever name the instantly got my attention. I was in Jay Peak, Vermont for my son’s ice hockey tournament. The hotel and ice rink where the game is played are right at the base of Jay Peak ski mountain. If you have never been to the area, it’s one of those great, relatively small places where you check your car in and then don’t see it again until you leave. Everything is right there.
I was simply walking outside from the hotel room to the ice rink and saw this small white hut adjacent to an outdoor firepit. I figured it was your standard snack shack near the waffle cabin. However, I was wrong. Miso Hungry was such a great name for a ramen establishment. The whipping wind, cold air, and light snowfall paired with the noon hour, made for the perfect time for me to inquire what this Miso Hungry situation was all about.
Upon reading a concise menu at the window, I ordered the Roasted Sesame Shoyu Ramen. This contains soy-based ramen, roasted sesame, roasted garlic sesame oil, sliced pork, and, of course, noodles.
Here’s Why It Was The Best Ramen I’ve Had In New England
You can see in the small window of the hut, the employees slicing the fresh ingredients. It’s all so fresh and hot. A great ramen, to me, has to master the broth and noodles. Miso Hungry served a bowl of perfectly prepared noodles that you can slurp or chew. The broth was the perfect temperature: it didn’t burn. It paired nicely with the cold air. Furthermore, it was very easy to throw the spoon out and drink the last third out of the bowl.
I suggest not digging into the thin pieces of pork right away, as letting it marinade in the mix adds to the flavor of each spoonful. Not overwhelming amounts of spinach and carrots swim happily in the bowl as well. In fact, there’s nothing in there that you look at and wonder what it is.
Sure, the Miso Hungry ramen has the advantage of being in the right environment where people are seeking out something warm. It has an engaging name, firepits as neighbors, and super-fresh ingredients all working together.
The even better news here is that Miso Hungry is not only at Jay Peak. They have found their niche and are also located at Stowe, Sugarbush, and Bolton Valley.