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The way I see it, ramen is a lot like the Asian version of America’s mac-n-cheese. Cooking it purely with its package contents leaves little to the imagination, and produces an otherwise boring meal on it’s own. But, by adding one or two extra things you may have in hand (ie. - cut bacon strips in MnC), you add a depth of flavor that enhances a once mundane idea into a great tasting dish. Look at the transformation bulk cabbage and leftover steak did on a bowl of ramen noodle soup.
Growing up, my mom never let me have any beef cooked anything other than “medium well”. Be it hamburgers or steaks, the only source of juice coming to that dish was the globs of ketchup or steak sauce dumped on top (yes, using ketchup on steak is a sin). I’m not sure when this interview took place, but Gordan Ramsay hits it right out of the park. It’s like ordering a burrito with extra hot sauce, and not being able to taste the filler over the heat: ordering a steak “well done” means it’s game over on any distinguishable flavor on that cut. No juice, no taste.
A chicken and steak fajita burrito, black beans, rice, cheese, sour cream, hot salsa and extra roast corn salsa.
Chicken and steak burrito from Fresh Tortillas Grill in Hoboken. $6 bucks bought me a huge burrito, stuffed with huge pieces of steak and chicken. However, flavors were a bit lacking. It wasn’t bland, but it didn’t taste tex-mex-y. The burrito lacked rice and limited amount of beans. What’s worse was a shoddy wrapping job, which made it more like a big soft-shell taco moreso than a burrito.
Still, this is semi-explained through the chefs operating the grill: they’re Chinese. The place is directly next door to Hoboken Cottage, one of the many chino take-outs that line Washington Street. The two share the same kitchen and cooking area: I know this because I’ve seen a person inside of Hoboken Cottage walk across behind the counter, and appear in Tortilla Grill! From experience prior to starting this blog, I can vouch for their Asian cuisine: delicious! (I will review on our next night-in). Too bad I can’t say the same for their Tex-Mex.
For the broke and super hungry, this is the meal for you. I downed the burrito in one sitting, though I’m sure my gut and today’s lunch would’ve benefitted from saving it. It wasn’t the most savory dish, but still pretty good for the price.