Toki Underground : Ramen so Good
Hey guys! Did you miss me? It's been a minute.
As some of you may know, I started this blog as a place to share my photography work, adventures, style, etc. And then of course because life has a sense of humor, I immediately got slammed with work and travel and had little to no time to blog.
One of the great things about travel, even if it's along the east coast, is all the great food you get to experience along the way. My latest trip to Washington D.C. did not disappoint. In particular, Toki Underground is amazing!
I don't pretend to be a food critic, nor do I have any idea what I am talking about. But I love food. I love to photograph food. And I love talking about food. So, I'll cut right to the chase.
I loooooove ramen.
I seek it out. I dream about it. Sadly from a caloric standpoint, it's obvi not good for me. Carbs and cholesterol are not my friends. So I normally plan ahead and store up my Weight Watchers points for the week to insure that I can lap up every last bite.
When I heard about Toki Underground on The Food Network I knew I had to get there during my next trip. My sister in law, a Major in the United States Marine Corps, lives in D.C. these days and I coerced her to share in a lunchtime ramen adventure after our tour of the United States Capitol Building. (I'll be sharing more on that amazeballs tour in one of my next posts.)
Toki Underground is hidden on H Street NE between 12th and 13th Street. H Street is kind of the cool, young new part of Washington. I always like to refer to it as the Brooklyn of D.C. And as far as Toki Underground is concerned, you'd miss it if you weren't looking for it. Seriously, my husband lived on H street just a few blocks away for the entire first year we dated and I had ZERO idea it even existed. Kicking myself.
See the glass door with the blue cloud on it? That's Toki Underground. Take a walk inside and up a tiny flight of stairs and this kick ass ramen joint is nestled above The Pug.
According to their website, "Toki Underground was born in a dream of bringing Taiwanese and Japanese flavors to the upstart food scene of DC’s Atlas District." Sign. Me. Up.
Toki Underground is a little wooden bungalow full of delicious ramen things.
And skateboard art, you guys. So very cool. So very Brooklyn.
We sat at the bar and the server/bartender was concocting a drink with a handmade snow ball in it and had it not been 3pm I would have seriously considered partaking. Mixology realness.
So instead we opted for some sake. Our server suggested Hawk in the Heavens by Tentaka Kuni.
Crisp, dry, and exactly what we needed. It was scorchingly hot outside and I was CRANKY. The sake helped, yo.
So much ramen, so little room in my tummy.
I ordered the kimchi ramen for $15, because kimchi rocks and I can't not order it when graced with its presence. The kimchi ramen is described on their menu as: kimchi infusion, pulled pork, greens, soft egg, and pickled ginger. More accurately I would say: giant bowl full of the greatest broth you've ever had, noodles for days, and the most amazing flavor magicalness that is so good it will make you cry. Yup.
The ramen is served with a beautiful personal sized soup ladle insuring you will not miss a bite or spoonful of the magic broth. Oh and by the by, that poached egg? It's slow cooked. When you order and extra one it comes on the side. Crack it on the bowl like you would a raw egg, and this beautiful poached egg just sort of slips out of the shell and into the broth. WHAT?!?
I didn't take enough photos of my meal because honestly I was holding my face for most of the meal saying "oh my god Jaclyn, this is SO GOOD." But my goodness, isn't it beautiful?!
In the meantime check out more about Toki Underground's Instagram for lots more ramen realness that will have you planning a trip to Washington D.C. asap!
As for me? I'll be back to D.C. in December -- and Toki Underground, Imma comin' for ya!
(All photography by Michelle Kinney Photography)