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Strings Ramen Shop

Photograph: Courtesy Strings
Strings Ramen Shop is open in Chinatown.

Strings sets itself apart from the recent influx of ramen slingers by making its own noodles in the basement on a Japanese machine, and they’re firm, with a nice bite. Get them in a variety of ramen bowls, like the tonkotsu, which has a deep, meaty broth filled with garlic, sesame, scallions and thick slabs of pork. Add an egg and it’ll come with a perfectly cooked yolk that spills into the broth. There’s a happy hour, from 3-5pm, when you can get three free oden sticks, which are skewers served in broth—we liked the soft egg as well as the fish ball. Finish it off with a sweet Japanese soda, and you won’t miss dessert.

Venue name: Strings Ramen Shop
Address: 2141 S Archer Ave

Cross street: W Cermak Road
Venue phone: 312-374-3450
Website: http://www.ramenchicago.com
Opening hours: Wed-Mon 11am-11pm
Transport: El stop: Red to Cermak-Chinatown. Bus: 21, 62.
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