If you've been having Coachella withdrawal since you came back from the desert, Alvin Cailan and the folks at Ramen Champ can help you out. The ramen-ya started lunch service on Wednesday, serving the same cold noodle and rice bowls it served at Coachella. Because hot bowls of ramen, though glorious, aren't exactly the ideal food for a crowded party in the desert.
Ramen Champ, for the uninitiated, is the ramen shop that Cailan — whom you may know from his wildly popular Eggslut stand at Grand Central Market — opened in January on the second floor of the Far East Plaza in Chinatown. (See: Chego, Pok Pok.) While the dinner menu features bowls of ramen, the newly installed lunch menu has only one bowl of ramen, the shiitake shio ramen. The rest of lunch is a kind of DIY list on the chalkboad.
Thus you can choose from bacon chashu, yuzu chicken and fried oyster mushrooms; anori rice, mushroom mazemen and baby kale salad; and a list of toppings, including egg, scallions, sesame, chives, carrots and togarashi. (Just get them all.)
Fill your bowl. Put on headphones with your desert playlist — antisocial under normal circumstances, but understandable here. It's a short lunch break, and anyway, the guy making your bowl still has his Coachella bracelet on.
Ramen Champ: Far East Plaza, 727 N. Broadway, Chinatown, (213) 316-8595.