Ramen is a Japanese specialty beloved by many and mastered by few. Springy noodles in hot broth with a layer of pork, soft-boiled egg, nori, and spices are an artful combination that can be enjoyed at just about any hour of the day. It's also a great hangover cure, and the increasing popularity of meat-free varieties has brought a whole new sector of vegan and vegetarian ramen fans into the fold.
The following places have ramen down to a science, with some hand-making their own noodles and simmering the broth for days. It's the closest Chicagoans will get to the real thing outside of Japan, and for those whose only ramen experience has been the prepackaged instant variety, these bowls will be a revelation.
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