Ramen lovers, listen up. The next time you're looking for a quick lunch fix but craving something exotic and hard-to-find, look no further than a certain Palm Beach County Whole Foods Market.
Genji, the sushi provider to Whole Foods Market for the past 20 years, recently introduced a line of Japanese-style ramen-noodle soup bars to select Whole Foods Markets. That includes our north county Palm Beach Gardens location — the first Gengi Ramen Bar in South Florida — which debuted in late October.
It’s a straightforward menu: three types of tonkotsu-style pork-based bowls prepared in-house, a rich pork-based stock flavored with black garlic oil, packed with thin-crimped wheat noodles, and ladled into bowls priced $8.99 to $11.99. Each can be customized with a variety of fresh, sustainably sourced add-on ingredients that includes ra-yu chili oil and red ginger.
The signature version — the spicy miso tonkotsu — includes sliced chashu pork, a homemade ra-yu chili paste, miso, red ginger, mayu, bean sprouts, sesame seed, scallion, seaweed, and wheat noodles finished with the requisite soft-boiled egg. A vegetarian version is made with a light vegetable-based broth instead.
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Genji Sushi began as a small restaurant in Philadelphia. Today, Genji counters can be found in more than 165 Whole Foods Markets in 18 states. At each location, chefs prepare a variety of fresh items onsite, from sushi and sashimi to bao buns and now ramen.
Genji’s Ramen Bar is located in the store's prepared foods section. You can order ramen for takeout or eat at the market's dine-in area.
The store is located at 11701 Lake Victoria Gardens Ave., Palm Beach Gardens. The store is open from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. Call 561-630-3400, or visit wholefoodsmarket.com.
Nicole Danna is a food writer covering Broward and Palm Beach counties. To get the latest in food and drink news in South Florida, follow her @SoFloNicole or find her latest food pics on the BPB New Times Food & Drink Instagram.