a bowl of ramen noodles

As the temperature in Minneapolis continues to fall, people are getting ready for winter. For some, that means putting an extra ice scraper in their car for emergencies, while for others, it means breaking out the extra layers and watching hockey every night. Nearly everyone in Minneapolis realizes that winters in Minnesota can be brutally cold, yet beautiful and enjoyable at the same time.

At Moto-i, we believe our menu has excellent options to make your winter more pleasant. In fact, ramen noodles from our Japanese restaurant might be the perfect food to warm you up and keep you going throughout the upcoming winter months. Read on to find out why we think you should eat ramen this winter and discover why Moto-i is the perfect place to go for tasty noodles.

Eat Something Warm as the Temperature Drops

Let’s face it; the foods we prefer are often determined largely by the temperatures outside. Warm soup probably isn’t the best dish for a scorching hot summer day, while a light salad might not be your food of choice in the middle of January. As the temperature falls to freezing and below this year, you will probably find yourself wanting to use your meals as an opportunity to warm up.

For you naysayers out there, we admit that there are exceptions to food preferences being determined by the temperature. At Moto-i, we think that both ramen and Sebastian Joe’s homemade ice cream are wonderful to enjoy no matter the time of year. That said, ramen is particularly delicious when it is cold outside.

Ramen is the Perfect Dish for Keeping Warm

When the snow starts to pile up, the wind chill drops, and you have to wear several layers just to venture outside, you will probably want warmer food. As any college student who has thrived on instant ramen during finals week will tell you, ramen is a fantastic dish to power you through the winter. Between the warm broth and the tasty noodles, you get the energy needed to endure cold temperatures.

Thankfully, the ramen at Moto-i is even better at filling you up than instant ramen. Our ramen features Tokyo straight style noodles, delicious proteins such as smoked pork shoulder, poached eggs, and healthy vegetables. In the cold regions of Japan, ramen is the dish of choice in the winter. Our Japanese restaurant gives you the perfect opportunity to see what makes ramen and cold temperatures such a perfect pairing.

Choosing Between the Ramen on Our Menu

At Moto-i, we believe that ramen noodles should be something that everyone can enjoy, regardless of their dietary choices. For that reason, we have several different types of ramen on our menu. Some of our ramen dishes are more traditional, while others fuse traditional elements with vegetarian or vegan ingredients.

The Classic ramen from Moto-i features smoked pork shoulder, pork belly, scallion, chili oil, a poached egg, and shoyu broth. As the name suggests, this is a more traditional form of ramen that is a great starting place for people who are new to ramen. The broth is particularly flavorful, and the dish makes a pleasant meal on those cold nights in Minneapolis.

You may consider ordering our red coconut beef curry ramen to add some heat to your meals this winter. The spicy broth in this ramen dish is a perfect way to warm up your mouth and stomach alike. It also features perfectly cooked beef tenderloin, sauteed vegetables, and egg. While this is not necessarily a Japanese classic, the red coconut beef curry ramen is still a flavorful dish that will put a little spring in your step this winter.

If you are a vegetarian or vegan who would like to try some tasty warm ramen this winter, then our mushroom ramen is the dish for you. This ramen is served with a rich mushroom broth, enoki and shiitake mushrooms, fried tofu, fried garlic, radish, nori, and a poached egg (hold the egg to keep it vegan). Moreover, our chefs can alter the dish to fit your personal dietary needs.

Try Authentic Ramen Noodles at Moto-i

Moto-i has a multitude of delicious ramen dishes that will warm you up this winter. If you would like to learn more about eating ramen at our Japanese restaurant, then check out our blog! You can also make reservations on our site for your next night out. We hope to see you soon!