Lisa Runs on Ramen

— running 26.2 and having foodie adventures too!

Ramen Festival, Thai Food and Friends

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So here I am, two days before the Marine Corps Marathon, and life has been flying by at 110 mph. There is wind and 60% rain forecast for Sunday, oy. Just got to DC but I wanted to get a post in, before Marine Corps Marathon race day on Sunday and cheering on my friends running the ING NYC Marathon this year!

Two weekends ago, I ran Grete’s Great Gallop in Central Park, my last 13.1 mile tune-up race in my training schedule. Since I just ran the NY 10K the day before, I knew my legs were not fresh and that the double loops of Central Park hills would challenge me as usual. I had a great feeling about race day though–I am really inspired by the legacy that the inspiring Grete Waitz left behind. Not only was she a 9-time NYC Marathon champion, she was a champion of NYRR Youth Programs and started Aktiv Mot Kreft, a charity that fights cancer by encouraging people to stay active.

I had the pleasure of meeting her back in 2010 when she did a signing at the Adidas booth at the NYC Marathon expo. I still have that picture somewhere and will try to find it. I wanted to run the race well in honor of her.

(photo credit Ben Ko)

The weather was fantastic and I felt pretty good during the race. I ran 1:56:38 (8:55 pace) for a half marathon, and I think it was a PR for me on this Central Park course! I was very happy with my effort. This race had a fantastic dri-fit white Adidas shirt with “AKTIV” and “Grete’s Great Gallop” on it, and all athletes got lox and bagels afterwards. It was great fun.

Right afterwards, I met up with Teresa and we headed to the NY Street Ramen Contest. We saw our friends Alex, Ricky, Steve, Warren, Kyle and a bunch of other people there.

There were a lot of people at 95th and Broadway and the lines were a bit long, but manageable. There was only one row of tables and somehow we managed grab it for ourselves! I

Here was the line-up from the NY Street Ramen Contest FB page:

1. Ramen Lab: Italian Ramen (Chicken and pork base soup with tomato tare, Basil, Grated cheese) 2. Hakkoan: Chan Chan Yaki Ramen (Salmon, Mushroom, Cabbage, Carrot, Garlic, Onion, Miso) 3. The Shoyu Ramen: Asahikawa Ramen (Shoyu, Olive oil) 4. Yume Wo Katare: Shoyu Ramen (Pork base soy soup, Cabbage, Garlic, Bean sprout, Char siu pork) …

5. PESU Ramen: Colorful Ramen (Chicken base Shio soup) 6. Jin Ramen: Spicy Miso Ramen (Chicken&pork base Miso soup) 7. Tonyu Ramen: Tonyu Herb Ramen (Pork base soup, Soymilk, Paprika, Mushroom, Spinach, Alfalfa) 8. Tabata Ramen: Dark Men (Black sesame paste flavored soup, Roast pork & chicken, Scallion)
They were selling Onigiri, an amazing fizzy mango soda and melon soda for $2, and other snacks along with lots of ramen. It was $4 a taste (cup portion) and three of them was enough to fill you up. My favorite one that I tried was the spicy miso ramen from Jin Ramen. To encourage people to vote, they offered a raffle drawing for people that turned in ballots However, Tabata Ramen’s ‘Dark Men’ sesame ramen was eventually declared the winner of the coveted trophy. It was a fun time!
Was that enough nomming for me? Nope. My friend Wilson kindly invited me to his friend Iris’s pop-up Thai dinner. It was held in an awesome apartment right next to Canal Street, and Wilson basically convinced Iris Yoon Nordenkjær (his friend from Copenhagen), a chef with an impressive resume to cook for us one last time before she had to return to her hometown. She just worked at Longrain in Melbourne, and Kiin Kiin (michelin star thai restaurant) and recently finished her stage at Danji in NYC. Great resume or not, I think it’s a great honor whenever someone cooks for you, so I happily attended! Iris and her boyfriend Anton worked feverishly in the kitchen to cook a multi-course meal for us.
We started off with appetizers like steamed shrimp buns, homemade shrimp chips, and oysters with chili sauce. You could bag up the shrimp chips and sell them–they were THAT good. We started off with a salad and delicious Thai Tom Yum soup with shrimp.
I’ll let the pictures do the talking.
Coconut rice
Red curry
Spicy chili-encrusted tilapia. Yum.
Pork belly– one of my absolute favorites. We ate them chopped up and wrapped with rice and lettuce leaves.
Sticky rice with coconut and mung bean–such a delicious end to the meal!
People also brought wine from V.Sattui Winery, Jordan Winery, (cabernet sauvignon) craft beers, and other great stuff. I brought my limited edition Big Sur Marathon Chardonnay from Ventana Vineyards (from the Big Sur Marathon I ran earlier this year).
But the best thing was the company. What’s great food without good company?
We were all quite happy by the end of dinner. I love Thai food and this was one of the most memorable meals I’ve ever had. Thanks so much Iris and Anton! And thanks Wilson for being a big enough foodie to organize this!
(Me and Chef Iris)

Author: runsonramen

I'm a marathoner and ultrarunner who loves to eat! Wants to encourage other people to run, connect through foodie adventures, and live every day with positive energy.

One thought on “Ramen Festival, Thai Food and Friends

  1. Dayyyyam… no credit to the most important person… ouch

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