soup season continues
Uchibā Austin debuts rare ramen series with renowned national chefs
In time for the height of soup season, new upscale sushi spot Uchibā Austin is debuting a monthly series that features innovative takes on traditional Japanese ramen by nationally recognized guest chefs.
The first installment in the "Uncommon Ramen" series will take place one night only, Monday, January 8. It will feature Cheesy Korean Ramen created by Uchibā chef de cuisine Vaidas Imsha, along with Nashville, Tennessee-based chefs Chad Newton and Gracie Nguyen of You Are Here Hospitality.
The Cheesy Korean Ramen pairs smoked pork from Uchibā's half-sister restaurant, Loro, with sun noodles, a house-made tonkatsu broth, an egg-gochujang sauce, kimchi mozzarella, and negi (Japanese long green onions, also known as Welsh onions).
The Cheesy Korean Ramen will only be available on Monday, January 8.Photo courtesy of Uchibā Austin
In a press release, Uchibā says the Tennessee chefs relied on their passion for authentic cuisine and their knowledge of sourcing local ingredients to develop the dish. Newton and Nguyen boast many impressive Tennessee-based concepts in their portfolio, including their flagship restaurant East Side Banh Mi, and Vietnamese soup-enthusiast restaurant East Side Pho.
The Uncommon Ramen series originally launched at Uchibā's Dallas location in 2017. Since its debut, the series has collaborated with a variety of acclaimed chefs, such as as Tommy Lee, Chris Shepherd, Stephan Pyles, and Alex Seidel, plus Aaron Franklin and Tyson Cole of Loro.
After the January premiere, Uchibā Austin's Uncommon Ramen series will continue on Monday, February 5, with a to-be-announced ramen by Simone Tong of Austin-based Zoé Tong; then on Monday, March 4 with an undisclosed chef from Uchibā and Loro's parent group, Hai Hospitality.
The Cheesy Korean Ramen ($20) will be available January 8 only. Reservations are encouraged and can be made on Uchibā's website.