An established entrepreneur with a hospitality focus, Billy Blatty guides restaurants in Louisiana, Texas, and Nevada. Among Billy Blatty’s restaurants is Lucky Foo’s in Las Vegas, which features a Japanese-themed menu and items such as charred shishito peppers and braised pork belly ramen.
Originally from China, ramen features noodles in rich, hot broth and has been adapted to Japanese tastes over the centuries. Among the most traditional flavors are shoyu (soy sauce) and shio (salt) ramen.
Shio ramen traditionally incorporates chicken and vegetable stock as well as pork bone. A specialty food in the port city of Hakodate in Hokkaido, shio ramen is known as comfort food for cold days.
Tonkotsu ramen is said to have originated in Kyushu in southern Japan. Pork bones are typically cooked in broth to the point where buttery marrow is the defining flavor. Other ramen dishes available at Lucky Foo’s incorporate short ribs and spicy red miso as well as ingredients such as daikon, egg, cabbage, tofu, shiitake mushrooms, and bamboo shoots.