10350 124 St NW #4, Edmonton
So last week, I had the chance to try the Ramen at Prairie Noodle Shop. I’ve heard a lot of hype, and they have a really strong social media game, so naturally I was curious about the restaurant.
We went around noon on a Wednesday. It was completely packed. It’s a small little place right on 124th street. The interior is nice, small and quaint. The wait was about 30 minutes-ish. They seemed a little bit frantic and things were a bit chaotic. Their menu is relatively simple, with a choice of four different ramen, and a few appetizers. We decided to go with the Pork buns, the Pork ramen, and the chicken ramen.
The pork buns came out relatively fast. It looked aesthetically pleasing, and it tasted decent too. I found that it was a little bit underwhelming. The flavours were okay, and the pork belly was quite smokey, but I was expecting a bit more. One thing I can comment on was that the “pickled veggies” were not even remotely pickled, or at least it didn’t taste pickled. I’d get this again but it could definitely be improved.
The Prairie Pork is roasted pork belly, smoked pulled shoulder, crispy pork rind, umeboshi egg, sweet sesame oil, corn, green onions, and blackened garlic sesame mayu oil. The best part of the soup was the umeboshi egg, which was nicely seasoned, and had a great mouth-feel. The pork was relatively smokey and tender, but there wasn’t much of it. For 15 dollars, this too, was a bit underwhelming. The ramen itself was relatively good. Not too soft, and not too firm. I thought that the broth was a little bit bland, and there was too much sesame oil. There is the sweet sesame oil and then the blackened garlic sesame mayu oil so it was a bit much for my taste. You can the intense glossiness of my broth in the photo.
The Roasted Barley Chicken is a Yakitori chicken wing and thigh marinated in our house honey and roasted barley tare sauce. Topped with a umeboshi egg, sauteed kale, and pickled pearl onions. Again, the egg in this soup was definitely the best part. The broth was also a bit on a milder/weaker side. You could barely taste the barley. The chicken was relatively tender. I think I mildly enjoyed the Chicken Ramen over the Pork Ramen.
Overall, my experience at Prairie Noodle Shop was an okay experience. I don’t really see myself returning for a second round. I enjoyed their pork buns more than their specialty dishes, the Ramen. I might have come on an off day, or maybe at a bad time. It seems like when things are crazy busy and hectic, they have not yet built a system to accommodate the demand. Again, they are relatively new, so as with all new restaurants, they have a few kinks to work out. I’d definitely recommend giving it a try for yourselves though!
I went here again a few months ago (Summer of 2016) since they change up their menu a little bit.
This is their redesigned bao appetizer. it comes with pork belly, lettuce, cheese, pickled shallots, and a lightly spiced aioli, served on slices of steamed bun. This is a bit better than their old bao appetizer. Modestly priced at $6. I’d recommend giving this a try.
Their spicy Garlic Miso pork is their pork broth with a mixture of miso, garlic and house made chilli oil. It’s topped with roasted pork belly, smoked shoulder, sweet corn, marinated bean sprouts and an umeboshi egg. This is an improvement over their Prairie Pork Shio. The broth has a bit more flavour than their non-spicy counter part, which is incredibly bland. And to top it off, the broth, already being regularly incredibly oily, was even more oily after the addition of the chilli oil. Overall, this experience was about on par as my last experience at Prairie Noodle Shop. There was a single piece of pork, and half an egg for 15 dollars. In terms of ramen, this place is already pretty expensive compared for what you get.