At Rai Rai Ramen and Hawaiian BBQ, Asian-Fusion is the Name of the Game

From noodles to kalua pork, this West Chester BYOB excels in every category.

Rai Rai Ramen's house ramen. Photo by Tessa Marie Images.

Since opening last May, Rai Rai Ramen & Hawaiian BBQ has quickly become a local mecca for chopstick-wielding slurpers. The eatery is a fusion of sorts, with an extensive list of barbecue chicken and short ribs in signature marinades, not to mention a fall-apart kalua pork.

But it’s ramen that defines Asian comfort food­—and Rai Rai’s is light years away from the pre-packaged college-dorm staple. Its extensive modern presentations combine housemade slow-stewed chicken, beef and vegetable broths as a base for miso, shoyu, shio or curry. Steaming bowls arrive full of hearty ingredients like fish cake, oxtail, gomoku, rib-eye steak, fried shrimp and more. Assorted dumplings, super-soft pork buns and textural vegetable dishes are also plentiful—and the sweet bubble teas are a must-try.

Rai Rai Ramen’s 100-seat space is comfortably large, clean and slightly zen, with a smattering of greenery. Be sure to tote a bottle of your favorite wine or brew along.

124 E. Market St., West Chester, (610) 738-8808.

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