Go! Get Yourself to the Ramen a Go Go Food Truck
It’s no secret that I’m a big fan of food trucks. They have a special place in my heart and while I might have what some call an obsession for them, I like to think of it as a refined appreciation for culinary artistry on wheels. Regardless, I’m always open to try a new one that crosses my path… or maybe even plan my entire day around the truck, but we all have our weaknesses.
I heard about Ramen a Go Go a few weeks ago and vowed that if I ever saw it, I’d immediately stop in to sample their ramen (or their Go-Gos, depending on my mood I guess). Driving down Market Street I caught a glimpse of the brightly colored truck nestled in the Fermental lot, and broke at least 13 traffic laws to make a quick U-turn so I could try it out. (Please don’t do this. Port City Foodie does not condone, support or recommend violating applicable traffic regulations even if there IS an awesome food truck experience involved. I’m a little obsessed. Follow traffic laws, wear your seatbelt, eat your vegetables and write your Grandmother a nice letter. Don’t worry, the noodles will still be there. No one ever accused me of being smart. Focused, yes. Hungry, yes. Smart, not so much.)
After recovering from the Top Gun-esque G-forces of my course adjustment, I pulled into the lot to see what was so special about this truck that everyone had been talking about. I had heard that the chef/owner, Jules DeBord, had branched from her very popular LUNCHBOX Pickles, Port City Farmers Market and Promised Land Kitchen with this food truck, so armed with that knowledge I knew this was going to be a good time. While I try to be objective in my reviews and reserve my final opinion until the entire meal is over, any food truck with a huge Godzilla eating Ramen painted on the side of it is already off to an amazing start in my book.
I was rather impressed by the depth of their menu choices considering Ramen a Go Go is on wheels but considering the amazing dishes that Jules is known for, it was really no surprise. I admit that I initially had some difficulty deciding on which of these heavenly dishes I needed in my life, but finally opted for the beef Ramen a Go Go and a side of their vegan spring rolls served with blood orange ponzu dipping sauce. As I waited for my order, I noticed that there was a lively vibe around the truck and as I watched the other customers take their first few bites, a river of “oohs and aaahs” and a lot of “oh, you’ve GOTTA try this” seemed to flood the place so I knew this meal would be worth any potential backlash local law enforcement authorities might have with my stunt driving to get here.
When I got my order, and the obligatory food photos I just HAD to take, the first thing I noticed was how the Ramen broth was light and delicate, yet packed with flavor. Accentuated with carrots, cabbage, soy beans, pickled daikon and basil, each individual flavor let you know it was there without overtaking the others and the combination of flavors blended together like a great big Brady Bunch of flavor and balance. Of particular delight to me was the quality of the noodles! This ain’t your 17 cent, dehydrated, dorm room Ramen, y’all! The noodles instantly reminded me of the Soba noodle houses I’d fallen in love with while living in Japan; hearty and perfectly cooked so they absorb enough of the broth to highlight, but not take over, the actual flavor of the noodle itself. Yes, believe it or not, ramen noodles (when done right) actually have flavor! The spring rolls were delightful and the blood orange ponzu dipping sauce was noteworthy in itself. Had I not been in public I might have tried to chug the sauce like a shot because it was so good, but I minded my manners and let my taste buds break dance around my mouth by the texture of the spring rolls bathed in this delectable sauce.
It’s no surprise that the truck, operating for only a few weeks at the time I stopped by, would be good considering the owner is an accomplished chef on many levels. As if the food and that awesome Godzilla weren’t enough to win me over, the fact that they’re dedicated to the community and help routinely serve the less fortunate totally did me in. It’s good to see great people making great food and doing great things for others. All that describes Ramen A Go Go perfectly and in the short time it’s taken me to scribble these words, I’ve visited the truck twice more. Every time the food has been fresh and delicious and the service has been top notch. If you see the truck, follow it and try their food. You’ll be happy you did! But please don’t break any laws getting there!
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Contributing blogger: Ed Walsh grew up in Las Vegas, the son of an accomplished chef. Traipsing all over the world to more than 35 countries during a 21 year Marine Corps career allowed Ed to sample and appreciate all types of food from grass hut family dining to Michelin star rated fine dining restaurants. “I know my way around a dinner plate and I just like what I like,” he says. Asked what his absolute favorite dish from all of his international travels was, Ed quickly says it was his Mom’s spaghetti. Ed is single, and loves long romantic walks to the taco truck. He also loves spending time with awesome food – almost as much as he enjoys spending time with his awesome kids.