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Peculiar Culinary Company selling seats fast to classy ramen noodle nights in Pittston Jan. 20-21

Peculiar Culinary Company selling seats fast to classy ramen noodle nights in Pittston Jan. 20-21
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Ramen noodles may be seen by most Americans as an instant dinner for poor college students, but not after Peculiar Culinary Company is done with it.

The Pittston-area catering and pop-up restaurant concept recently announced a much more high-class Peculiar Ramen Night set for Saturday, Jan. 21 at their home base (30 Center St., Hughestown), which sold out so quickly that they added a second event on Friday, Jan. 20 from 6 p.m.-8 p.m. In addition to putting their own peculiar spin on the Japanese noodle dish, funky Kingston rock band SUZE will be performing as everyone eats.

“I chose ramen because it’s one of those beautiful comforting dishes that is rarely done in Northeastern Pennsylvania. It stems from my love for bringing dishes that are widely popular in big cities and introducing them to our small town,” chef/owner Gene Philbin told NEPA Scene.

“I guess the most Peculiar thing about the ramen is that we make traditional Tokyo-style ramen using the old and traditional techniques learned by hours of research and development. We also incorporate Korean flavors, like our homemade kimchi following century-old methods of fermentation.

“As far as SUZE, we chose them for the same reason we do all music – our intense passion for local music and artists! We try to incorporate something local into every dinner we do.”

The dinners are BYOB, and reservations for Friday can be made by calling 570-313-9798.

Here’s a full breakdown of what’s on the menu next weekend:

Peculiar Ramen Night menu

Small plates

Napa kimchi… $5

Soy pickled egg, fried shallot rings, scallion… $3

Pork buns, steamed buns, sriracha braised pork, pickled cucumber, hoisin, togarashi… $7

Shrimp buns, steamed buns, kimchi mayo, pickled cucumber, togarashi seared shrimp… $8

Kimchi brussel sprouts, stir fried, chili garlic sauce, soy, radish kohlrabi slaw, scallions… $6

Ramen bowls

Pork ramen… $16
Smoked pork broth, dashi, soy, gochu jang pork belly, soft cooked egg, scallion, radish, nori, noodles

Seafood ramen… $18
Seafood broth, dashi, poached shrimp, blue crab, lobster, soft cooked egg, scallion, nori, noodles

Mushroom ramen… $15
Roasted mushroom broth, shiitake, crimini, button mushroom, soy, pickled shallots, radish, nori, whole wheat noodles


5 spice buttermilk donuts, honey drizzle… $5

Cereal milk crème brule, vanilla bean whipped cream… $6

Peculiar has other unique limited dinners scheduled for Valentine’s Day, Fat Tuesday, Cinco de Mayo, Mother’s Day, and more. See their Facebook page or visit for a full list and details.

Learn more about Peculiar Culinary Company in our in-depth interview with them in Episode 29 of the NEPA Scene Podcast.