John Ng

  • Blogs

    November 7, 2014

    White Hot Ramen: Zen Box Breaks the Tonkotsu Spell, Tries Paitan Ramen on for Size

    If your idea of a perfect bowl of ramen features rich porky broth with fatty slabs of pork belly bobbing around, you're not alone. Tonkotsu ramen, or pork bone ramen, is a chef's -- and diner's -- darling. But in their ongoing, epic quest for the perfect bowl, Zen Box owners John Ng and Lina Goh h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 24, 2014

    Zen Box's Ramen Massive Attack Brings Ramen Burgers to the Twin Cities This Sunday

    All of you ramen fans out there better get ready to hold onto your hats, because one of the biggest names in Twin Cities ramen is throwing down with a party of epic proportions. John Ng and Lina Goh of Downtown Minneapolis's Zen Box Izakaya are hosting their second annual Ramen Massive Attack! and c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 19, 2014

    100 Favorite Dishes: No. 19, Zen Box Izakaya's Wantan Shoyu Ramen

    As a countdown to the Best of the Twin Cities 2014, coming April 16, the Hot Dish is serving up 100 of our favorite local dishes.Zen Box Izakaya is first and foremost a cozy neighborhood watering hole with a staff that will remember your favorites after only a couple of visits. It's our secret weapo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 24, 2014

    Zen Box Izakaya brings worldly inspiration to their ramen

    The Ramen Attacks lines were epic. By some accounts, people waited, with varying degrees of patience, for over four hours to get a bowl of those coveted noodles. At Zen Box Izakaya the winter wait time has been reduced drastically. Chef and owner John Ng just returned from a culinary tour of Japan a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 3, 2013

    Zen Box Izakaya to throw big-time ramen bash

    The traditional second anniversary gift might be cotton, but Zen Box Izakaya, the lively Japanese restaurant and pub, will be giving ramen! The noodle that inspires all sorts of obsession will be celebrated in several ways. They're shutting down the block, flying in ramen-making celebrity chefs, and ... More >>

  • Restaurants

    October 26, 2011

    Zen Box Izakaya hones in on Japanese pub grub

    Washington Avenue location expands Zen beyond the skyway

  • Restaurants

    January 26, 2005

    Horizontal Hunger

    Three of the best lunch options in the Minneapolis skyways prove you can get restaurant quality on the run