Ramen doesn’t require a lot of tweaking to make it breakfast-ready, especially for younger consumers, avid fans who slurp the brothy noodles on the regular. Ukiah, an Asheville, N.C., smokehouse that blends Japanese soul food and Southern barbecue, has gone the bacon route to make the transition easy. Its Breakfast Ramen features a sunny-side-up egg and maple-shichimi bacon.
With its brunch spread, Ukiah artfully blends Southern sensibility with Japanese flavors and offers a roadmap to creative Asian breakfast menu development. Items include Karaage Chicken & Waffles with salted butter and matcha sugar; a shishito pepper-cheddar biscuit with Japanese sausage gravy and shichimi pepper-dusted eggs; and a golden potato and scallion pancake with grilled kimchi sauce.