The Slow-Cooker Chronicles/Toki — Thot’s so Ramen

Eating In, Eating Out

I know the title’s a stretch with 2 mediocre puns, AND it’s a combo recipe/restaurant review post, but bear with me. The restaurant portion needs no help, but like the title, I plan to rework and improve my cooking for next time. I wanted to document what I did as a jumping off point, and explain why I even went through all this trouble.

I happily jumped on the ramen bandwagon (thots love bandwagons) after a friend raved about his experiences at Toki Underground, a seriously tiny ramen restaurant in Southeast DC. Here’s me showing them some love on Yelp.

This was one of the top five meals I have ever had, hitting the mark on every type of flavor/texture I had ever imagined: sweet, spicy, crunchy, smooth, runny, salty, ALL OF IT. Do yourself a favor and call ahead on a weeknight (or weekend if you’re especially patient) and enjoy. I got the Red Miso ramen (spicy!) with a side of fried chicken (my friend knows what’s up). We had dumplings to start, and they were great, too. I mean seriously look at the top of the page.

There is no cute way to eat this, but when it tastes this good you aren’t thinking about looking cute. They even box up the broth and food separately so that your leftovers don’t get soggy. Two happy customers:

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Given how great Toki’s ramen was, and how freakin’ cold this winter was, I knew I had to give it the old post-grad try and make some soothing ramen at home. Plus I just love soup from the slow-cooker.

I did somewhat of a hybrid between these two recipes. Basically, I put 2lb of regular pork (may try shoulder next time) in the slow-cooker with

  • 32oz of low-sodium chicken broth
  • 6 cloves of garlic
  • 1/4c brown sugar
  • a container of sliced mushrooms
  • dash of soy sauce
  • about a cup of frozen diced onion
  • chopped scallions (however much was in the rubber-band pack)

I cooked it on low for about 6hrs since our slow-cooker tends to get (t)hotter than most, then shredded the pork and added 2 packs of plain ramen noodles (none of the seasoning) for a few minutes until they were cooked.

Topped with a poached egg and some Sriracha chili sauce:

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I’m looking forward to experimenting with some other flavors, maybe getting more adventurous with the broth and toppings. This was really yummy and could accommodate just about anything you have in your pantry, just not mind-blowing like Toki (not like I expected it to be). ThotFULL.

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Freddy for your Thots?

Eating Out

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It’s no secret that Yelping gives this thot a false sense of importance after going out to eat. Although my opinion doesn’t matter any more than the next customer’s, I do enjoy sitting down after a fun meal to reflect on the food and atmosphere. Sometimes it reminds me of flavors I want to recreate at home, other times I want to vent about some bad service as a sort of closure.

Anywhooooo I had been visiting my sister in Fairfax, VA for dessert about a month ago, when we decided to hit up Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers for milkshakes and shoestring fries (you know, eating clean of course). Freddy’s appears to be your standard diner/drive-thru with an order counter and 70s/80s throwbacks playing in the background, but it has more to offer. In short, we had a good time, and I was pleasantly surprised at how friendly and attentive the staff was. They even stopped by our table while we were eating to ask if everything was to our liking! So I wrote them a quick review to say thanks.

Now imagine my reaction when the manager of this Freddy’s location reached out to me to thank me for my kind words (HINT that aforementioned sense of importance was involved). He offered for me to come back with a friend to try a full meal! Score.

We returned this weekend and Freddy’s exceeded all of my expectations. The staff again could not have been more friendly, and the burgers were great! Consider this thot FULL. ThotFull. Just when I thought things couldn’t get any better, one of the employees brought us out a tray of four different custard treats. We felt like custard queens.

Some pics bcuz why wouldn’t I document this momentous experience:

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Sorry these are kinda blurry but we were too excited to wait on staging a picture. FREE CUSTARD TASTES EVEN BETTER THAN REGULAR CUSTARD.  
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Don’t you forget about me, Freddy, because I definitely won’t forget about you.