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.

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.

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

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