Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

THE FOOD GUY ; from Sashimi Nachos to Oodles of Good Noodles

Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

THE FOOD GUY ; from Sashimi Nachos to Oodles of Good Noodles

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I F YOU read my love letter to Ichibans sashimi nachos last week and updates on a new sushi-themed 5K race, new sushi counter coming to Capitol Market and Charlestons new upcoming Seafood Week you know Ive been a little seafood- obsessed of late.

So much so, that when I was tasked with hosting a large group for dinner this past week, I knew exactly where I wanted to take them.

We rolled into Ichiban for an evening of sake and sushi. And one very big surprise. As good as all the other dishes were, it was an unexpected noodle bowl that totally blew us away.

When we started asking for recommendations on new things to try, nearly every server who walked by pointed to the Street Noodles & Hot Pots menu and said, The first one, without a doubt.

I had somehow overlooked this section before, but wont be making that mistake again. This part of the menu is filled with alluring combinations like:

Tokyo Ramen noodles in a chicken and soy broth with chicken, asparagus, onions and hard-boiled egg.

Miso Ramen noodles in a miso broth with chicken, corn, asparagus and scallions.

Yaki Udon noodles stirfried with onions, peppers, bok choy and a choice of chicken or filet mignon in a spicy oyster sauce.

Yakisoba Udon noodles, featuring the same ingredients above but in a sweet sauce.

Singapore rice noodles with stir-fried veggies in a mild or spicy curry sauce with your choice of chicken, filet mignon, shrimp or just the vegetables.

But the staff was right. It was the bowl listed first that won the night.

The darn near life-changing Udon Nabeyaki features udon noodles in a soy broth with chicken, bok choy, red peppers, shitake mushrooms and egg drop, plus two shrimp tempura dunked in for good measure. The flavors danced and the texture of those noodles striking the perfect balance between soft give and firm bite made them the perfect partner.

We were still talking about it days later. If youre into such things, you should definitely check it out.

Sticking with the seafood theme (yep, might need an intervention), I attended a local media event and cooking demonstration at Capitol Market this past week promoting Charlestons selection as one of only eight cities nationwide to participate in a new Seafood Week promotion backed by the Seafood Nutrition Partnership. …

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