Tonkotsu ramen (regular $8.50, large $10.95) • Japanese ramen could be the greatest of cold-weather comfort soup inventions. Of the five varieties that Kobe Japanese Restaurant serves, tonkotsu ramen is the most traditional, featuring a creamy pork broth enveloping slices of melt-in-your-mouth charshu (roasted pork) over ramen noodles, dried seaweed (nori), green onions, bean sprouts, narutomaki and hard-boiled eggs.
Kobe Japanese Restaurant • 3947 Wasatch Blvd., Salt Lake City; 801-277-2928. Open Monday to Friday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., 5 to 10 p.m.; Saturday, noon to 10 p.m.; closed Sunday. For more information, visit http://www.facebook.com/KobeJapaneseRestaurant.
Heather L. King