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Harlem Chef Rasheeda Purdie's Latest Creation—Chop Cheese Ramen—Draws Inspiration from Local Bodegas

Updated: Nov 2, 2021

Harlem chef Rasheeda Purdie's chop cheese ramen is inspired by her local bodega
Chef Rasheeda Purdie samples her latest ramen. Photo: Frank Marando

Ever wondered what a chopped cheese would taste like in ramen form?

Harlem-based chef Rasheeda Purdie is about to let you find out.

Founder of the pandemic-born ramen pop-up Ramen by Ra, Purdie's latest menu features a dish she calls the Chop Ramen, inspired by the beloved ground-beef-and-cheese sandwich made in bodegas across the city.

Purdie's take includes ramen noodles in shoyu beef broth paired with Lawry's-seasoned chopped beef, roasted tomatoes, steamed iceberg lettuce, spicy cheese crunch and red chili.

The starter and dessert are also a play on New York deli classics: the Chip, Pick & Dip pairs tempura-battered seaweed with spicy pickles and mayo, while the Hot Buns dessert remixes the classic bodega treat Honey Buns with a hot honey-soy glaze and a dollop of ginger buttercream. Arizona Green Tea is the drink of choice.

Unlike the geographical inspirations for previous Ramen by Ra menus—from D.C. to Texas—this one is much closer to home.

Purdie says her local bodega, Ameer Food Deli Grocery at 748 Saint Nicholas Avenue near 147th Street, makes one of her favorite chopped cheeses: "I go all the way and get everything on it from jalapeños to onions to pickles to hot sauce. I get the works!"

Another neighborhood go-to? West Harlem Deli Grocery at 283 W 115 Street and Frederick Douglass Boulevard, where she recently held a photo shoot for her pop-up.

The special Ramen Bodega menu ($50 + taxes and delivery fee) can be pre-ordered here from today until Friday, November 5. Delivery—anywhere in Manhattan, the Bronx, Brooklyn and Queens—is on Saturday, November 6 between 2pm and 7pm.

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