(Chauk Bazaar, Darjeeling, West Bengal 734101, India)
The Chinese spread their Ramen to Japan, just as the Tibetans spread the wonderful version "Thukpa" across to Nepal and Northern India. The dish comprises noodles, broth, vegetables, meat (if wanted) and coriander, generally. It's the perfect meal to combat the chilly winds in the Himalayas and a great hangover cure.
Kunga is a small unassuming restaurant up near the bazaar in Darjeeling. However, their limited space is almost always packed with hungry locals and inquisitive tourists. The inexpensive food is top notch and the service is always friendly. This Thukpa will set you up for the day of wandering around town or climbing all the steep alleyways.
(100, Taiwan, Taipei City, Zhongzheng District)
Ippudo has never been a favourite of mine, but once in a while when you have been wandering around aimlessly for hours and hours, you might be inclined to pop in for some Ramen.
The noodles are the thinner kind, which is not my fave. The meat is decent, the egg is fine, the broth fits squarely in the middle of the pack.
It's perhaps a good place to go for Ramen virgins or people who haven't pushed their tastes to the extremes yet.