Crawfish & Noodles Hosts Crawfish Ramen Pop-Up at Houston Farmers Market

Crawfish Ramen available at the Crawfish and Noodles collaboration with Shun.

Crawfish and Noodles, helmed by Corey Nguyen, the son of 2020 James Beard Award-nominated chef Trong Nguyen, is partnering with chef Naoki Yoshida of the recently closed Shun Japanese Kitchen for a two-day collaborative event. On October 6 and 7, the Greater Heights Crawfish and Noodles location, which is situated towards the rear of the Houston Farmer’s Market at 2520 Airline, will be serving Crawfish Ramen and fried rice. Houston Food Finder was invited to a preview to try out the pop-up dishes.

Fish Sauce Wings available at Crawfish and Noodles.
A sample of Crawfish and Noodles’ Fish Sauce Wings. Photo by Ryan Baker.

The Crawfish Ramen is the signature dish of the collaboration. The bowl is loaded with noodles, shrimp, sausage, corn-on-the-cob, bean sprouts and, of course, crawfish. The broth, made from pork, chicken and crawfish, has a vibrant, deep red color that appears intensely spicy. However, it carries a warm, gentle, crawfish-forward flavor and full-bodied texture with a pleasant mouthfeel. Guests can add chili paste and aji-tama (soy sauce marinated eggs), as well as additional servings of each topping. Crawfish Fried Rice is the alternative entrée at the pop-up. It’s made with spicy pork, crawfish, carrots, shallots, basil, garlic and fish sauce, and finished with freshly ground black pepper. The ingredients are bold, but, like the ramen, the overall effect is balanced, with the black pepper being the most present flavor.

For the duration of the collaboration with Shun, the rice and ramen are the only entrees that will be served. Additionally, six appetizers will be available from Crawfish and Noodles’ everyday menu. Options include egg rolls, spicy edamame, signature chicken wings, salt & pepper shrimp, lotus salad and fried calamari. A few personal favorites include the salt & pepper shrimp and calamari, which are lightly fried and mildly seasoned, making either great for a light snack or a warm-up for the main course. Thanks to its firmer texture, the squid, which is tossed with onions and peppers, does offer a more fulfilling bite.

The chicken wings come tossed in either a Cajun sauce or fish sauce-based concoction. The incredibly sticky fish sauce wings are not a common sight inside the 610 Loop. If you are curious and have not encountered them before, the glaze is highly aromatic, but once it hits the tastebuds, the sweetness balances the funky, salty umami of the fish sauce.

Crawfish Fried Rice available at the collaboration event featuring Crawfish and Noodles and Shun.
Crawfish Fried Rice available at the collaboration event featuring Crawfish & Noodles and Shun Japanese Kitchen. Photo by Ryan Baker.

Two desserts are available for the pop-up: housemade Honeydew Ice— ± Cream and Vietfive Coffee Flan. The latter is a vanilla flan topped with coffee syrup made from Chicago’s Vietfive Coffee

The menu features over half a dozen sake and wine choices, and just as many beers. The drink list also sports a Frozen Sake Margarita and sake bombs. Non-alcoholic options include soft drinks and boba teas in green, Thai and oolong varieties.

It’s important to remember that the event is only running for two days, October 6 and 7, from 3 to 10 p.m. During that time, only the pop-up menu will be served. There is no need to book reservations, as service is walk-in only.

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