Ramen for $17—that’s cheap? Yes, considering what you get for the price. The housemade noodles soak up flavors like a sea sponge while retaining their slightly chewy texture. Choose a light, floral-like turkey consommé or a brooding black boar tonkotsu broth spiked with garlic, duck, and pork belly, and you’ve got a gourmet meal.

ORDER: Tonkatsu ramen, $14.95; extra noodles, $1.95

2141 S. Archer Ave., Chinatown, 312-374-3450