Like most people who found more month than paycheck, I have lived on ramen noodles until the next commission. But real ramen has little in common with the American dehydrated version. And the best place to enjoy ramen noodles the way you would in Japan is at Monta.
The Japanese revere ramen with almost religious devotion. There the soup is haute cuisine. To understand the cultural connotations, I recommend dinner and a movie: See Ramen Girl before you head out to Monta.
You will viscerally understand the magic of ramen by sampling the Shuyo Ramen bowl at Monta. The homemade chicken-vegetable broth has a firmness as well as a delicate flavor. In it float black mushrooms, bamboo shoots and shredded green onions. But they are just the escorts to the two slices of pork (chashu) so buttery they seem to fall apart at the touch. Of course, the coup de grace is the mountain of chewy noodles. (Hand-pulled, naturally.)
Another favorite is the fried rice. It’s a distant cousin of the familiar Chinese variety. Glistening with soy sauce, the rice has a sophisticated smokey flavor. Also try the Gyoza or pork dumplings. One side is crispy while the flip side is chewy. The soy-marinated pork fillings are understated yet addicting.
And the food is head-shakingly affordable. You can eat a hearty meal for not much more than a Venti latte a Starbucks. The basic ramen bowl costs $6.95.
The restaurant is small (just like in Japan), so plan on waiting. And it’s hard to find–it’s in the first shopping center north of Decatur on Spring Mountain.
Monta Japanese Noodle House
5030 Spring Mountain, No. 6
Las Vegas 89146
BETH Ellyn Rosenthal
The Las Vegas Real Estate Concierge
Managing Broker, Nevada
eXp Realty International
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