Try the traditional broths of Hakataya Ramen, Sunnybank
Analogous to a tiny ramen shop in downtown Tokyo, Hakataya Ramen transports diners straight to Nippon. Raw wooden panelling and two long wooden benches span the length of the narrow interior, with seats filled with hungry locals bringing bowls to their mouths to slurp delicious noodles – a traditional custom in Japan.
Warmth and hospitality exudes from within Hakataya Ramen, with a cheery chorus of irashaimase welcoming visitors upon entry. Settling into a seat overlooking the open kitchen, you can observe bandana-clad chefs busily preparing each ingredient with expert precision. Noodles are cooked just right – not too hard, not too soft – richly flavoured broth is ladled swiftly into bowls and tender pork slices are laid carefully on top, with seaweed and spring onion to garnish.
Specialising in traditional ramen with tonkotsu soup, the broth is made in giant pots using specially selected bones of Australian pork and simmered for 39 hours. Four different flavours are available, including Shoyu (soy sauce), Shio (salt), Miso and Tonkotsu (pork). Spice lovers will appreciate the Miso Spicy-Men, and if you finish your noodles and still have an appetite for more, order a serving of kaedama – free extra noodles.
Hakataya Ramen is known for drawing a steady stream of locals and visitors from afar, with queues running up the sidewalk waiting for a seat to become available, so be prepared for a short wait.
Shop 13 Market Square, Corner Mains Road & McCullough Street, Sunnybank
Ph: 07 3345 9911
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