Bordeaux may have had the most Asian restaurants we've seen during a long weekend. I knew beforehand that the city is home to a plethora of beloved food institutions, but just the number of casual Asian dining spots was surprising. When all is said and done, I believe we ate more Asian food than any other cuisine while we were in Bordeaux.
We also happened to visit during the Lunar New Year, which is always supposed to be a delicious time. In the past, I've cooked dumplings and pork belly lo mein and salt and pepper shrimp, and I've also gone out for incredibly lavish meals with family and friends. This year felt tame, and to some extent, sad.
But lo and behold, we came across a parade, complete with a dragon and a lion! We followed it to a small square where a short performance of the dragon chasing the sun took place (the lion called it quits as soon as we reached the square).
While the celebration we witnessed was small, it sparked my interest yet again in the Asian diaspora in Europe. What do people choose to hold on to as immigrants? What do people choose to celebrate as the generations go on? How do these immigrant traditions contrast with resident culture? Do the two cultures feel partitioned or combined within an identity?
With those thoughts in mind, we attempted to have lunch at Fufu Ramen, but it was packed. I tried to step inside to put our name on a list, but I couldn’t even fit through the door because it was so packed. We decided to go back for dinner right when it opened. We were successful.
If you’re looking for ramen in Bordeaux, this is the spot. I ordered the chachuramen, and the Ramen Maurader had the tantanramen. The chachuramen was a clean flavor - not too salty or oily. The pork was also perfectly cooked. I’d say, however, that the tantanramen was better. It was a tahini/miso mix that was also kind of garlicky. It was so delicious (if you’re preference is tonkotsu style).
As I mentioned, the wait on a Friday for lunch was insane, and we went for dinner when it opened. I recommend adding it to your list of places to eat, but be ready to wait (probably).
Fufu Ramen, 37 Rue Saint-Rémi, 33000 Bordeaux, France, +33 5 56 52 10 29