So a weird thing happened. It was about a hundred degrees outside, and I stood in line waiting for a big bowl of hot soup.
I’d been hearing about Ramen Tatsu-Ya‘s veggie ramen for months, and I guess I just had to pick a really hot day to finally try it.
And oh man, do I regret waiting! The stuff is good. The broth is rich and salty, the noodles are fresh and perfectly chewy, and the toppings. The toppings! There’s corn, wood-ear mushrooms, fresh bamboo, a big slab of tofu, and a nice big handful of fresh spinach. I added some pickled ginger and an ajitama egg too. The egg was incredible. It’s a nutty brown on the outside, from soaking in a soy marinade, and the inside is almost jelly-like – creamy and smooth. Incredible.
Ramen Tatsu-Ya only makes the veggie ramen on Sundays. I hope they expand that to other days of the week too, especially when the weather cools down.
We also got some sweet-and-sour yodas, a dish of fried Brussels sprouts tossed in a tangy sauce, which paired really nicely with the earthy sprouts.
They’ve got plenty of cold drinks to go with the hot soup, which makes it seem a little easier to eat hot, brothy soup in the Texas heat.
8557 Research Boulevard, Austin