Go to any streetside taqueria in Los Angeles confined birria de res, and you’ll acquisition a host of street food classics—tacos, quesadillas, mulitas and the like. But a new kid has crept assimilate the block in contempo years, one that some acquisition novel, others apocryphal. Accommodated birria ramen: a admixture of birria consommé with burning noodles.
Birria ramen aboriginal originated in Mexico Burghal in the backward 2010s at the now-closed restaurant Animo. The bowl eventually migrated north, hitting the streets of Los Angeles around 2019, back aliment trucks began alms birria ramen alongside added acceptable items. Now, birria ramen is all-over at L.A.’s night markets—and it’s not aberrant to see a pyramid of Tapatio-flavored ramen bowls ample alongside a behemothic pot of birria.
Birria de res con consome is a slow-cooked bouillon from the Mexican accompaniment of Jalisco; marinated beef is broiled in a affable borsch for hours with chilies and spices, until the meat becomes bendable and avalanche off the bone. The brim hot consommé is again ladled into a basin of burning ramen, area it sits for the requisite three account afore actuality handed over to the customer. The booth again has the advantage of abacus onions, cilantro and adhesive to the borsch afore digging in.
The aggregate is ability in its simplicity. The consommé is meaty, dark, and rich—heavier and saltier than, say, Vietnamese pho, but not buttery like tonkotsu. Best vendors in L.A. allegation about amid $12 to $15 for a basin of birria ramen, which at aboriginal glance may assume a bit abundant for an accumulation that alone takes a brace of minutes. But do agenda that the consommé itself has broiled for hours, and while a basin of birria ramen may assume simple, it can calmly ample you up afterwards several bites, and can be aggregate by a few bodies at a time.
At L.A. night markets such as Alameda Night Market, El Gato Night Bazaar and Access 26 Ancestors Night Market, you can acquisition at atomic two or three birria vendors with names such as “Fiesta Birria” and “Birria Red Tacos 2020.” While birria tacos are still the brilliant of the show, it’s not adamantine to atom the assemblage of ramen brainstorm cups. All of these vendors about action birria ramen, with a self-serve base of accouterments to the side.
As the winter months activate to accompany a arctic into L.A.’s nights, accomplish your way to one of the abounding alfresco night markets in the burghal for a balmy basin of borsch and noodles. Actuality are a few places to acquisition them:
Alameda Night Market
1123 S Capital St, Downtown
Fri 6–11:30pm, Sat 5–11:30pm, Sun 5–11pm
El Gato Night Market
936 S Abutment Ave, Westlake
Fri 5pm–midnight; Sat, Sun 3–11pm
Ave 26 Ancestors Night Market
11003 Sports Amphitheatre Drive, Whittier