Slurp Ramen is the new noodle star in Copenhagen. In a tiny venue at Nansensgade 90, with a hipster dog as their logo, everything is made in-house and from scratch. These guys are dedicated to making their own noodles and broths, as authentic as possible, but with locally sourced ingredients. The Danish capital seems to be leading the way in Scandinavia when it comes to ramen. Both Ramen to Bíiru and Papa Ramen now have two locations each, and you can also get ramen at classic places like Ferment and Bento. While you can get an excellent ramen at Totemo Ramen in Stockholm, or at Koie Ramen in Oslo, there just aren’t as many options – yet. Mind you, I haven’t tried all the recommendations I got in the Swedish capital, and if you’re following my restaurant rumors, you’ll know that Oslo is getting another great spot next year – Hrímnir Ramen. Meanwhile, I had one of my best Japanese noodle soup thus far at Slurp Ramen, and their cold ramen is spectacular as well!
I met up with my good friend Arve, aka Starvefood (you should follow him on Instagram), at Slurp Ramen for lunch on a sunny August day. It’s his new favorite fast food joint in town, along with a lot of other foodies in Copenhagen. We basically ordered the entire menu, only excluding shoyu (soy-based) and veggie ramen (mushroom-based ). To start with, we got edamame beans with horseradish, and slices of tuna sashimi with pickled watermelon, smoked oil, sesame, and chives. Both great combinations and easy-to-munch snacks while we waited for the main course. Pork gyoza with fermented celeriac juice, lemon thyme oil, and cress was the weakest dish. While the dumplings tasted good, the texture from deep-frying them was not to my liking. I prefer when they are steamed and fried in a pan. With the prices of these snacks, DKK 45-55, you can’t really complain about much, though.
Finally, our ramen soups arrived. I had ordered a regular shio ramen (salt-based), while Arve got the cold ramen. The latter was a new experience for me, and I was very surprised at how well it worked. Instead of slurping noodles up from a hot soup, we got cold noodles in a bowl with various garnish on top. On the side, was a cold broth, or sauce rather, which we could dip the noodles in. Compared to a regular Japanese noodle soup, which is warming and rich, this was more light and refreshing. Perfect for hot summer days! My shio ramen was excellent as well, with noodles of just the right thickness that I like, and nice thin slices of pork meat. A great marinated egg, and a tasty broth – what more can you ask for? With prices around DKK 130, Slurp Ramen fulfills all the requirements you can have for this traditional Japanese (originally Chinese) soul food – cheap, tasty, and filling.
Wanna read more about ramen? Check out my thoughts on the ramen wave that is about to hit Oslo, or read what my fellow foodie Rasmus Palsgård thinks about Slurp Ramen (article in Danish):