Confession: Chop Suzy isn't my birth name.
It is, however, an identity I embrace, as it was bestowed upon me by Blast-Off Burlesque, a performance group made up of "sci-fi punk vaudeville burlesque goofballs." As part of my induction into the group, I needed a name that described the personality and pizazz I wanted to bring to the stage. We landed on Chop Suzy as a fun play on the "classic" made-up Chinese American dish.
My full title is Chop Suzy, Destroyer of Dumplings. Fitting, right?
Since moving to Bavaria, I have missed the clever shenanigans that Blast-Off Burlesque brought to my life. When I heard about the Vienna Boylesque Festival, I knew it was what I needed.
I was in Vienna to see the annual Vienna Boylesque Festival when I experienced Mochi Ramen for the first time. It's a part of the city we had never seen before, a part that we didn't really have any business visiting, other than the fact that there was a delicious ramen spot rumored to exist there.
And oh man is it delicious.
As we followed directions via Google Maps, it seemed that we were misled to a rather residential area. It turned out that the cluster of what we assumed were storage units were actually a collection of restaurants and shops. It appeared that Mochi had two garage doors as entrances, both of which were open. We ended up sitting outside and sharing a small biergarten table with another party of two (not unusual for restaurants in Europe).
I didn't get a great picture of the noodle soup because I was too excited to eat it, but do you see that slurp action?? They have a unique selection of ramen, most of which you would not expect to find on a ramen shop's menu. Shoyu is usually my go-to, but the description of "shoyu" was preceded by the title "wan tan ramen." Don't get me wrong: I love a good wonton soup; however, I was there for ramen, so we both ordered the tonkatsu ramen.
What I wrote in my travel journal is "...so so tasty, perfectly creamy, and even though the noodles didn't seem to be egg noodles, they were delicious."
While the restaurant was full, I didn't feel rushed, which I find unusual for a ramen place. I'm sure it's crazy though in the winter months, since the indoor seating had maybe 25 seats - the outdoor seating probably doubles their capacity.
I highly recommend making the (short) journey to Mochi if you are staying in Vienna. I mean, if you're looking at this blog, you're probably looking for a good ramen spot anyway, right? This is it.
There are two Mochi restaurants, but we went to Mochi Ramen, Vorgartenmarkt Stand 12 + 29, 1020 Wien, Austria (no reservations)