Special Event: We Have Noodles @ Feastly

A few months ago, Magneto and I had a relatively free weekend, so we decided to try out a Feastly event with We Have Noodles chef Darren Sayphraraj and team. This event was hosted at Feastly’s Venice location, just a few blocks from the beach.

Free-flowing mimosas and Bloody Marys made sure the atmosphere was convivial, with the hostess circulating amongst guests in a friendly and welcoming manner.

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Up first was an unannounced amuse bouche, a perfect little bite of Spanish tortilla topped with creme fraiche, scallion, and salmon roe.

Next came the starter, char siu pork in a steamed white bun with pickled veggies and a touch of kewpie mayonnaise. For those unfamiliar with the above ingredients, here’s a quick rundown: char siu pork is the yummy, fatty pork you’ll find in ramen, and kewpie mayonnaise is an Asian-style mayo that is sweeter than what you’ll find in the blue-lidded jars. This small dish was so delicious, the guy seated across from us needed another serving!

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I can’t help it – this is one of the most crave-worthy starters I’ve had in an Asian-themed meal.

When the breakfast ramen came out, Magneto and I fairly swooned. Not only was the presentation beautiful, showcasing all the best things about ramen, the aroma was a heady mixture of umami and hearty savory goodness. The noodles had a good chew to them, and the creamy egg worked to cut through the pleasant saltiness of the Serrano ham.

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Who knew Serrano ham would work so well in ramen? Genius.

Condensed milk French toast rounded out the meal. Fluffy, creamy French toast – not too soggy in the middle – topped with bananas, drizzled with dulce de leche, and accompanied by coffee cream made for the perfect super sweet treat to balance out all the savory bites we’d shared.

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Hi. Yes. More, please.

Given the time, Magneto and I will be returning to Feastly events to sample even more of the best up-and-coming LA chefs!

 

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