“Oh, you eat fancy ramen?” “You could say that.”
I admit that when someone mentions ramen, my memories jet back to college days when you had other things to spend your short money on rather than actual sustenance. Crazy, right? I was skeptical when a coworker suggested we go to Ramen Hakata in Addison, Texas for real ramen. I didn’t know what I was in for and naively began to mention soy sauce. My coworker politely shook his head and told me that was no where near what I would encounter. I consider this a place of intervention.
With reservation, I ordered a hakata ramen bowl made with chashu, soft boiled egg, bean sprouts, garlic oil, and a pork broth that is to die for. The bowl arrived with fragrance, color and a smile from a kind waitress gladly awaiting my reaction. While it was, at that time, my very first ramen bowl, they put something magical in their pork based broth. It must also be mentioned that pork is tender enough to pull apart with chopsticks alone. Since, Ramen Hakata has become my go to spot to impress.
The ambiance is rather serene and perfect for one on one opportunities with people you like enough to share such a gem with.
I encourage first timers to sit at the bar area like I did. The cooks who prepare your food exhibit a special pride and attention to detail while they prepare your food and often offer suggestions for the best experience. In several months of dining, I have never once encountered a single person in the kitchen less than joyful that you’re dining with them. In fact, this is how I discovered another delicious option on the menu, yakisoba. No menu item lacks flavor and distinction. I admit I had a shameful assumption of ramen before I came to Ramen Hakata. It’s totally a unique cuisine worth equal rotation on your dining calendar.