Where to Find Warm, Authentic Ramen in Delaware

As the weather cools, few things hit the spot like a hot bowl of ramen. Try these Delaware restaurants for the Japanese comfort food.

Soft noodles, warming spices and endless flavor combinations await at these ramen restaurants across the First State.

Ramen Kumamoto

This Main Street staple in Newark has been a local favorite since opening nearly a decade ago. Experienced chefs offer locals a taste of the Kumamoto region of Japan. Like the soups made in Kumamoto, the broth is simmered for two days to develop deep and intricate flavors. Toppings include authentic selections including kamaboko, roasted pork, bean sprouts, scallions, pickled ginger, bamboo shoots, kimchee and marinated soft-boiled eggs. For a supersized treat, try the Kumamoto Danji Ramen served in a massive bowl with heritage Berkshire pork broth. The broth is rich, creamy and savory, and the inevitable leftovers are just as enjoyable as the first time around.

Along with the delicious, mouthwatering noodle options, patrons rave about everything from the steamed pork buns and onigiri to the atmosphere with popular anime series always playing on the television screens.

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165 East Main Street, Newark

Kanji Noodle Bar

This chain has locations across the United States, with one location next to the Christiana Mall. With fresh noodles, its own signature broth and a wide selection of toppings, Kanji has a loyal following and is definitely worth the trip to Christiana. With American fusion appetizers and a plethora of Asian options to try, this noodle bar is one-stop shop for diverse flavors.

64 Geoffrey Drive, Newark

Kumamon Ramen

When you hit this recently-opened Wilmington hotspot, start with the spicy edamame with the perfect kick. Regulars also love the wide selection of milk teas and sushi. On the ramen menu, find traditional selections like shoyu and spicy miso. Fusions like curry ramen, shrimp tempura ramen and even chicken katsu ramen are available for diners looking for something new. Pair these comforting selections with a sweet milk tea and finish the meal off with mochi ice cream.

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1724 West Newport Pike, Wilmington

Miyagi Ramen Bar

With the goal of bringing non-processed, home-cooked Asian meals to the Delaware beaches, two friends opened Miyagi Ramen Bar in Rehoboth. The design is modern with beachy elements and Japanese decor. Patrons love the wide selection of vegan and gluten-free options, including a gluten-free ramen option. Some popular selections include the black garlic tonkotsu ramen and bulgogi ramen.

19266 Coastal Highway, Rehoboth Beach

 

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Yokai Ramen Bistro

Yokai chefs blend traditional Japanese ingredients with new techniques and bold flavors for a fresh take on the traditional noodle soup. Varieties include tan tan, shoyu, miso and a spicy seafood ramen with the perfect kick. Plus, appetizers like scallion pancakes, crab rangoon and takoyaki round out the Japanese fusion dining experience.

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4015 Concord Pike, Wilmington

Cultured Pearl

While this Asian spot at the beach is known for sushi, Cultured Pearl’s ramen is just the warming comfort food you need this time of year. Choose a protein from options like shrimp, tofu, chicken and tempura shrimp. Toppings include shiitake mushrooms, bok choy, ginger, scallion, house dashi, nori and egg.

301 Rehoboth Avenue, Rehoboth Beach

Shaka Ramen

From rich tonkotsu to comforting miso, Shaka’s wide variety of flavors have earned this ramen bistro a loyal following in Middletown. Spicy cream shrimp tempura or xiang long bao make for the perfect appetizer. Plus, milk teas, desserts and Japanese sodas keep things light and refreshing.

400 South Ridge Avenue, Middletown

Stingray 

This popular Asian grill at the beach specializes in sushi, rare sake and a wide variety of Asian dishes. The popular Rehoboth establishment offers both chicken and shrimp ramen, complete with bok choy, bean sprout, shiitake mushrooms and scallions. For Tuesday ramen nights, enjoy a $14 bowl and additional topping options.

59 Lake Avenue, Rehoboth Beach

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