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.