Chuko & Hipster Ramen

Chuko is a ramen house in the good side of Brooklyn.  It’s a couple of blocks off the B train.  It’s a pretty ordinary size restaurant with a bar and tables.

Chuko Brooklyn
The front

It totally screams hipster to me for two reasons: 1) the menu and 2) the workers.  In short, if Chuko was an actual person, it could be seen wearing a fanny pack and a Tom Selleck mustache talking about he was into ramen before ramn was invented while smoking a cigarette.

Now, the menu.  Chuko only has like 12 items on the menu and one of those items is kale.  If Kale isn’t a hipster indicator, then I don’t know what is.  It took me a very long time to make a decision about I wanted since their food selection is so extensive.  How did I decide?  I just went “eeny meeny miny moe” catch a Pork Neck Ramen by its toe.

Chuko Brooklyn
Chuko’s Decor

Anyway, the ramen.  The Pork Neck was actually really soft and I have a feeling it was sous vide or slow braised cause the texture was extremely soft like Drake.  The flavors were there, ripped apart very easily, and it was super fatty.  The broth is rich and flavorful.  I requested a side of peppers to add to the broth and IMO it made the broth better.

The ramen was thinner and chewier than some ramen I’ve had.  It soaked up the broth very well and it also cooled down the broth too damn well.  I really dislike when my soup broth simmers down to warm.  I dislike it so much that I rather watch a marathon of Keeping Up With The Kardashians than have my soup broth come out warm.

Overall, Chuko is a modern take on an old world cuisine.  It does fine and I would put it below Ippudo.  However, both still trail my all time favorite, Totto Ramen.  It’s good stop while in Brooklyn but I wouldn’t go out of my way to eat there.

Chuko Brooklyn
Miso Ramen

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Summary

Chuko is a little trendy ramen spot in Brooklyn, New York. With a limited menu, it delivers decent ramen to the masses of hipsters standing outside waiting while sporting a mustache and fanny packs. The modern take on Ramen is decent but not something I would make a detour to eat.

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