Premium quality ingredients, super rich tonkotsu broth, amazing freshly made noodles are just some of the things that make this little ramen shop a real gem! I was very fortunate to be introduced to this great little place during my short stay in Miami and truly enjoyed my experience here.
Ramen has its humble origin as a working-class sustenance for the cash strapped but Momi elavates the iconic Japanese noodle dish to an art form. The ramen at Momi uses Tonokatsu, a rich pork bone based soup with a ton of flavor. Tonkotsu was my favorite style of soup for ramen in my younger days. These days in my old age, I tend to gravitate toward the lighter version of clear shio (salt) or shuyo (soy sauce) soup based ramen but the tonokatsu soup at Momi is serious business and a real indulgence that worth the calories. The pork bones are simmered for 18 hours so all the goodness of the bone marrow becomes part of the milky creamy golden soup that compliments the freshly made noodle.
Now let me talk about the noodles! Some of the serious sushi or ramen joints would refuse to sell takeouts because they are meant to be eaten within minutes and the freshness and texture of the food would be spoiled when they sit in takeout containers. The noodles in Momi are freshly made daily and cooked to perfection. I had the pleasure to try ramen in the signature tonkotsu broth as well as some other dishes including a few "dry noodles" not in broth. My favorite was a freshly made pappardelle with wagyu beef. I also really enjoyed a simple noodle dish with wasabi, chili oil, and other seasoning that highlight the awesomeness of the noodle. I wish I had more than one stomach so I could finish the noodles prepared for me! But they do fill you up.... The ingredients and fixings are great stuff. I sampled some Spanish pork collar/neck meat, kobe beef, oxtail, and pork intestines with my noodles. So rich, flavorful and delicious. But now that I am back home, I miss the simple minimalist noodles with a ton of thin scallions the most.
I was fortunate enough to get some behind the theme access and enjoyed some of the off-menu creations. From the simple incredible fluffy scrambled eggs with chunks of crab meat and kobe beef filet to the more exotic fares of pork intestine and eel, each dish was executed to perfection.
The chef is a serious foodie who enjoys eating, making good food, and feeding people who appreciate his food. The chef is uncompromising and Momi seems more a playground for him to have fun with food than a business to make a living. The quality of the food command a premium price. The food here is rich and distinctive and may not be for everyone. But if you enjoy tonkotsu ramen and are willing to pay for quality, this is a place is not to be missed.
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