Yup, super late on this summary. Checked out the Tavern Noodle pop up with Chopsticks Optional and some other friends.
Pork ramen was tasty, but still a bit high at $12. Rich and flavorful broth. Noodles were a little too underdone for my tastes. Chopsticks Optional ordered the entire menu.
We had a “large order” meaning, we ordered one of everything, and the expos seemed to have a lot of difficulty in getting it all together for some reason. I’m not sure why. We waited up at the front for a long time while others who ordered after us got their orders. The ramens were ready first, so it was the two baos, soy egg, and spicy radish that took forever to come out, even though they were sending out these orders for people who just ordered say, two ramens and two baos after us. Not the biggest deal in the world, but not a great expo running the helm.
Soy egg was too sweet, spicy radish needed some sugar to help balance the cutting blandness that daikon often has. The spicy radish was probably the most disappointing dish and very poorly executed. Baos were poorly executed (huge chunks of raw ginger in the pork baos). These sides could have been really good, but they just missed a few steps in execution.
And then Chopsticks Optional busted out some Cider Belly dougnuts, and all was right with the world.