Sushi Ken vs. Posh: Chow Bella's Ultimate Battle of the Ramen
Things are getting down to the wire for this ramen battle bracket. There have been some upsets, like Republic Ramen beating out fan favorite Umami, and there's also been a disqualification due to T.Spot closing shortly before it was set to battle against Posh's ramen. This week Posh will try to prove its stuff by going up against Sushi Ken, an Awhatukee joint known well by many local ramen lovers. The winner will go up against Hana in the finals to determine who serves the Valley's best bowl of ramen.
In This Corner: Sushi Ken
Heather Hoch Sushi Ken's chasu ramen comes with a side of sushi.
Sushi Ken is where we usually go for ramen when we're in the mood for a bowl of the Valley's most authentic ramen. The friendly, quick service, full sushi bar, and optional shots of soju pair well with their menu of different soba, udon, and ramen noodle soups. From spicy shio to butter miso or the classic tonkotsu, you're sure to get your ramen fix at Sushi Ken, all in modest, suburban digs.
We went for the very simple chashu ramen for this battle. The soy broth with sliced pork and noodles are just straightforward, showing how much Sushi Ken can do with very little. Scallions add a nice fresh element to the ramen and the pork itself was tender and moist. Best of all, Sushi Ken's ramen bowls are all between $8 and $9 and you get an included three California rolls and your choice of a small side salad or bowl of edamame to accompany it. In terms of bang of your buck, Sushi Ken's an unbeatable opponent.
We like our ramen salty, but the soy base in Sushi Ken's chashu ramen was a little overwhelming. Typically we order their spicy shio, so to simulate the spice and cut some of the salt, we mixed in some leftover wasabi from our complimentary sushi in the bowl. It helped, but there wasn't much we could do for the slightly overcooked noodles. Maybe super simple isn't the way to go, as it seemed like it could've used some help from some added toppings-- at least give us an egg.