Local Eats; Ramen Tatsu-Ya

A local favorite Ramen Tatsu-Ya was voted best ramen in America by TimeOut magazine.

With only two locations in Austin, TX, the line for Tatsu-ya is usually wrapping around the restaurant, full of eager newcomers and regulars alike.

I myself am an eager regular at Ramen Tatsu-Ya, finding myself standing in line very often for the delicious thick noodles and unforgettable savory pork bone broth. Once inside, the atmosphere is warm and welcoming. The seating is low and comfortable and family style; perfect for pulling your chair up to a large steaming bowl of ramen. Processed with VSCOcam with c1 preset

I have had my fair share of ramen at Tatsu-Ya, and since it’s nearly impossible for me to choose an absolute favorite; here are a few Tatsu-Ya classics that I enjoy.

TONKOTSU ORIGINAL:

$9.50 (Tonkotsu Original Ramen) + $1.00 (Optional Corn Bomb)

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Pork bone broth, chashu, ajitama, woodear, mushroom, goma, scallion.

The classic, Tonkotsu Original Ramen features everything a ramen lover craves, a perfectly creamy soft-boiled egg, fatty melt in your mouth sweet chashu; (marinated pork belly) and chewy woodear mushroom that adds perfect slurpy texture with your noodles. Thought I was finished? Not quite, my favorite part of this ramen is the melt-in-your-mouth goma pork, almost indescribable, perfectly spiced and godly till the last bite.

I like to add a corn bomb to the Tonkotsu Original for an extra creamy broth and the sweetness of the corn.

MI-SO-NOT:

$10.00 (Mi-So-Not Ramen) + $1.00 (Chili bomb)

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pork bone broth, miso blend, goma pork, ajitama, scallion, napa cabbage, bean sprout, corn.

The Mi-So-Not, cleverly named after its miso blend, has light, creamy bone broth, despite The Original being a popular starter ramen at Tatsu-Ya, I highly recommend trying The Mi-So-Not if you’re a newcomer here.

Although the Mi-So-Not comes in a spicier version; The ‘Mi-So-Hot’; I like to pair the Mi-So-Not with a chili bomb for starters, to create a gradually hotter broth as I slurp away.

TSUKEMEN (my current obsession):

$13.00 (Tsukemen Ramen)

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Condensed pork bone dipping broth, chashu, ajitama, nori, lime.

I cannot speak highly enough of Tatsu-Ya’s Tsukemen. To compare to the other ramen on the Tatsu-Ya menu, simply stated it’s THICKER.

Thicker noodles, thick, delicious unforgettable dipping broth (that you will be tempted to dump entirely over the bowl of noodles–but don’t!). Paired simply with

The Tsukemen (pronounced sook-e-men) is paired simply with only three toppings; chashu (braised pork belly), ajitama (soft boiled egg), nori (seaweed), and a lime. This thick ramen is my current food obsession, and definitely a recommendation.

If you’re in Austin, TX anytime soon, check out Ramen Tatsuya and you can decide for yourself if it’s a Miss-O-Not.

Here are some more Tatsu-Ya references:

Austin Chronicle reviews Tatsu-Ya

Tatsu-Ya Eater Article 

The Tasting Buds- ATX Food Blog

Tatsu-Ya Press

Check out the Tatsu-Ya MENU here.

 

Pictures by Tinu Thomas
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