Thursday, October 20, 2011

Hakataya Noodle Shop @ Sunnybank, Brisbane

There appears to be no end to my adventure in Japanese cuisine. Continuing on with Japanese food and me, we have got Hakataya Ramen today.

With Hakataya, the events leading to this lunch was very much an adventure of its own. We wanted to try this place but twice we were put off by the long queue and decided to eat elsewhere. On the third attempt, we decided we will pop by on a Friday early night only to find out it was sold out!

Finally in our fourth attempt, we braved through the queue and was finally rewarded a bowl of ramen.

Despite the long queue, their system is simple but very logical. You queue up and you will be served once there are empty seats available. You put your order, pay up and wait patiently for a mere 5 minutes before you are rewarded. 

For AUD 13, you get a bowl of Ramen with the richest pork stock one can get with melt in your mouth pork belly (char siew). According to the flyer, the stock is cooked over 39 hours, meaning somewhere somehow, a container of stock is being cooked continuously daily. The portion of noodles is not plenty but you will be happy to know you can get a free bowl of noodles (only) if you ask for it. Add some grinded sesame and you are good to go.

One of the variations uses chili but I feel the spiciness overpowers all that goodness from the rich pork stock.

A must try.

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Verdict: 4 stars out of 5 stars. They are opening up another outlet so lets hope the quality remains but the queue is shorten. Now I don't have to envy all those in Malaysia screaming Hallelujah after a number of pork ramen shops have opened. 


Bangsar-bAbE said...

Free bowl of noodles? Serious ah? Did you ask for it? :D

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

bbabe: yeap!! note noodles (only) no soup haha..

Sean said...

gosh, it's almost like you're currently on vacation in japan! heheh :D

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

sean: haha i think i might have one more in the bag!

Rabbit Sim said...

Yes, Hakataya is quite good, to avoid queue, go on Sunday morning around 9.30am. Brisbanites used to drive all the way to Gold Coast just to have the noodles and finish with Hazel's pearl milk tea before the duo finally decide to put us out of misery by coming to Sunnybank!

Life for Beginners | Kenny Mah said...

You know, I've always wondered - whether the stock/broth for the ramen soup contains a bit from the original chef's first round of boiling since it's being cooked continuously... :P

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

rabbitsim: im pretty tempted to go in at 9.30am.. yes i heard about the days when they were in the gold coast, thank god for them opening in brisbane.

lob: hey thats what they call masterstock isnt?