Gather Around For Ramen Nights At The Meat Market
Jeremy Stanton does his best samurai move at the shabu shabu station as Director of Operations Tom Ellis looks on.
Beginning this week, The Meat Market in Great Barrington, Mass. continues its popular theme nights with a bow to Japanese cuisine. Ramen Nights will feature the soup with housemade noodles and sake-marinated pork belly. Shabu shabu will also be on the menu.
“I love ramen and shabu shabu — it’s such a communal meal,” says Jeremy Stanton, The Meat Market’s owner, “and The Meat Market is all about community.”
It’s also a perfect way to highlight the cuts of pork that are a trademark of the butchery. Ramen uses every part of the pig, including the less prime cuts, while shabu shabu is the opposite, employing the very finest, select cuts of beef and pork.
The noodles will be made in house (Stanton founded a pasta company in the late 90s, so knows a thing or two about making pasta) and served in a broth with green sprouts and watercress, pickles and a soft-boiled egg along with the pork. Vegetarians take note: there will be a veggie-only version as well.
Stanton calls the shabu shabu “a DIY one-pot wonder.” Similar to a fondue meal, people gather around a steaming cauldron and cook their own slices of pork, beef and vegetables, then plop the tidbits over a bed of rice and add some dipping sauces. By the end of the night, the shabu shabu (which means “swish swish”) water has turned into a tasty broth served with glass noodles. “It’s fun to watch people interact around this pot of hot water,” Stanton says.
To complete the theme, there will be beer, sake and dessert and a samurai film. It’s the ultimate in communal dining, and in all ways, a warming option to a chilly Saturday night.
Ramen Nights at The Meat Market
Saturdays at 6 p.m.
Ramen $17; Shabu-Shabu (minimum of 4 people, up to 8) $30
389 Stockbridge Road, Great Barrington
Reservations: (413) 528-2022