The Broth Zone: Pai Men Miyake

Hey, you’ve been enjoying the blog so far? Well, too bad! Instead of another boring Ramen Is Life post, you have stumbled across…

The Broth Zone
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The Broth Zone is a highly secret and extremely exclusive sub-blog where impeccably trained field reporters, Mitchell and Lindsay, travel to the most exotic and remote places on the planet to seek out unknown and dangerous ramen.

This time, we visit the far-flung land of Portland, Maine to visit Pai Men Miyake.

Our Rating out of 5

  • Overall 4.25*

  • Broth: 4

  • Noodles 4.5

  • Toppings: 3.75*


  • Here in The Broth Zone, we ACTUALLY average the ratings of each reviewer instead of ignoring ratings we disagree with, JENNA. 
  • * You'll notice this rating has a more granular system - numbers work differently in the broth zone. Scientists can't explain it. 



The first Ramen listed on the menu is the paitan, which, as it turns out, is the way to go. The main attraction is the delicious broth, a mixture of chicken and pork, which has excellent depth of flavor and an almost creamy quality. The noodles are among the best we’ve had. Pai Men Miyake seems to have only one kind of noodle, which are on the thicker, wavier side. The toppings were unfortunately a weak point, with the pickled ginger being too strong and the pork belly being too dry. However, the scallions and egg were on point. Definitely the best of the two we got. 


Next is the Shoyu Ramen, which is not as great but still enjoyable. The chicken and soy broth is the weakest point, a bit thin on texture and flavor. The toppings, though, make this one work. The scallions, egg and menma add to the flavor of the dish. Plus, the noodles are so good!

We also got pork buns, which were dope.

Overall recommendation: Visit Portland! It’s amazing and you can find really tasty food there. Little known fact, in addition to ramen, they also have lobster and beer!



Pai Men Miyake Address:

188 State St. Portland, ME 04101


author bios:



Hey, I'm Mitch.  Big ramen guy over here.  Definitely like ramen soo much.  Like if you asked me what my favorite food was I would say ramen for sure.  I swear, just thinking about it gets me hungry. That greasy soup, those soggy noodles, those weird toppings? Yum! Who would lie about liking ramen?  In summary, I really need this gig.


I'm from the United States. I probably have a job or something. I eat ramen with chopsticks and a spoon. My go-to ramen order is broth with noodles and toppings.


grew up as a nomad, and currently calls New York home. When he's not slurping noodles he's editing stuff for TV. He's a quarter Japanese and has been using chopsticks since he can remember. His go to ramen order: Spicy shoyu with wavy noodles.