Uncommon Ramen: July 2018

So… It may seem counterintuitive to be slurping ramen during what feels like the summer of fire here in Texas, but as obsessive fans of the classic dish, we refused to be thwarted by a little-scorched earth.

On Monday, July 30th, our guest Chef, Tommy Lee of Uncle and Hop Alley traveled to Dallas from the Mile High City of Denver for a little low altitude, high heat ramen collaboration in our kitchen. Our beloved former Sous Chef, Rusty Hicks also made a special appearance for the event. There was instant chemistry between Tommy, Rusty, and Alex and the fun they had was definitely present in the bowl.

The ramen: The sesame pork broth simmered with a soy, tahini mixture creating the perfect alchemy of creamy and salty goodness, which hugged the chicken meatballs, buttery chicken thigh, charred gailan and pickled perilla leaves and hearty noodles in its warm goodness. The dish was a huge hit, and we got serious fan favorite vibes from our Uncommon Ramen Diehards, so we’d say the bar has been raised.

The vibe was terrific throughout the evening, and the heat didn’t stop anyone from enjoying a sip of Japanese Whiskey or a craft cocktail on our lovely patio. Overall we had a blast. This event allows us to tighten the bonds within the chef community, exercise our creativity and share the entire experience with our guests. We’re so grateful that you get it, and we can’t wait to see you for the next installment:


August 27th, 2018: Chef Blain Stanford of Grace in Fort Worth is known for his brilliant, seasonal twists on American classics. We can’t wait to see what he does with the Japanese classic.

There are limited reservations/portions for Uncommon Ramen events, so be sure to claim your spot. You can hop to our reservation page here. A limited Uchibā menu is also available during Uncommon Ramen nights, along with our full bar.

A portion of proceeds from this, and all 2018 Uncommon Ramen nights, benefits Promises of Peace Gardens, a local nonprofit working to establish community gardens in vacant spaces throughout North Texas. You can learn more about their work here.

Amanda Woodward