Noodle in a Haystack: Ramen-inspired tasting menu from self-taught chefs

Published July 31, 2023, in my Medium column:

When international fellow dining judge friends are asking me about tiny Noodle In A Haystack in my city of San Francisco, I pay attention. I was already curious but skeptical about the pricey ($185 extended menu, $130 weeknight menu) cult ramen pop-up, opened by husband-wife duo Yoko and Clint Tan in spring 2022 as their first brick-and-mortar. It’s looks abandoned: an unmarked corner space with covered-up windows and a 10-seat counter in the Inner Richmond…


Yoko Tan straining noodles at Noodle in a Haystack
Noodle in a Haystack ramen
Noodle in a Haystack A5 and milk bread doughnut
Noodle in a Haystack caviar financier