Where: Shiba Ramen, Emeryville, CA
What: Jake Freed, owner of Shiba Ramen in Emeryville, is a man of science — an organic chemist with a PhD from Harvard University — so when he tells us that ramen is a scientifically viable hangover cure, we listen. Cysteine in the eggs, electrolytes and fluid from the broth; he’s got half a dozen reasons why it works. But we’ll take his word for it, while diving into a bowl of his Miso Ramen, with sautéed miso, ground pork, bean curd, an egg, all in a rich tonkotsu (pork) broth; whatever the reason, our stomachs are satisfied.
Wash it down with: A frosty pint of Sapporo. Or a Bay Area craft beer, but there’s no denying a Sapporo is ramen’s dear friend.