Bubble-Type Ramen is Coming Next Week to North Jersey

Japanese chef Naotaka Miyazawa and restaurateur Teruaki Ishiyama have announced the grand opening of Thumbs Up Ramen, coming this Wednesday 6/1 to Fort Lee. The pair will be serving their signature “Bubble (AWA) Ramen” with chicken paitan broth.

Miyazawa began working at a Tokyo ramen shop in high school. A few years later he joined Tsujita, a ramen restaurant known for its artisanal Tsukemen (dipping ramen) in Tokyo. When Tsujita began expanding to the States, Miyazawa was granted the responsibility of designing the menu for their six US locations.

Ishiyama came to the US as management for the expanding tempura specialty restaurant Tendon Kaneko Hannosuke Nihombashi Honten. After opening a few of these locations, he went on to open several restaurants of his own in California and Illinois.

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Thumbs Up Ramen will offer two signature “Bubble (AWA) Ramen” dishes: Chicken Paitan Ramen and Chicken Paitan Tsukemen ― chicken paitan broth is made by boiling chicken bones into a creamy, rich broth similar to tonkotsu (pork-based broth).

Bubble ramen (awa-kei) is created by whisking the soup before serving, giving it “bubbles” which pop inside diners’ mouths ― process also enhances the umami in the dish according to Miyazawa.

Miyazawa takes twenty hours to make his chicken paitan broth, as it’s created by slowly boiling select chicken bones with eight kinds of flavorful vegetables. “It creates a pleasant harmony when combined with the fresh noodles that we source from Sun Noodle, a famed noodle maker with a factory in New Jersey,” he says.

There will be eight types of ramen overall on the menu including the already mentioned Chicken Paitan Ramen and Chicken Paitan Tsukemen plus Chicken Paitan Miso Ramen, Chicken Paitan Miso Tsukemen, Tomato Mabo-Noodle, Vegetable Ramen, Classic Shoyu Ramen, and Customize Ramen.

Customers will be able to customize their dishes with fifteen additional toppings like Rare Char Siu (Sous-Vide pork char siu), char siu pork, char siu chicken, spicy-miso ball, seasoned soft-boiled egg, mozzarella, vegetable oil, pineapple, scallions, soft tofu, seaweed, bean Sprout, sweet corn, red onion, and spinach. Thumbs Up Ramen will also be serving 11 appetizers, such as Chicken Karaage, Takoyaki, Gyoza, Pork Buns, and other entree options like rice bowls.

The restaurant has fifty seats, including six at the counter. The hours will be 11:00am till 9:30pm seven days a week.

Thumbs Up Ramen
2024 Center Ave
Suite G
Fort Lee, NJ

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