What you can expect from Hanabi Ramen

What you can expect from Hanabi Ramen

What you can expect from Hanabi Ramen
January 30
16:05 2018

Think Tokyo middle class — not the street stuff, but also nothing too special. That’s what you can expect from the new ramen place opening here in Denton at the corner of Hickory and Carrol.

Upon trying out their Carrolton location, I found a lot of “good food,” but again, nothing too special. I ordered a round of gyoza (lightly pan-fried dumplings) and honestly, they could have been frozen before. It came with a rice vinegar, soy and chili sauce mixture that was delicious and definitely complemented the crunch of the gyoza. They were good, don’t get me wrong, but I’ve enjoyed the same thing out of a bag in the frozen section at Walmart for a little cheaper. The worst part was when my date asked if they were made in-house and the waiter had no idea.

Hanabi Ramen in Carrolton, Texas also serves Age Gyoza served with a chili oil soy sauce. Claire Lin

But, I obviously wasn’t here to try some dumplings, so I ordered the Baisen Miso Ramen. Upon its arrival, I was glad to see a generous portion for how much I paid, a staple across the board at most ramen restaurants. The first taste was light and creamy — the miso was just like the miso in tiny bowls you get at a sushi restaurant before your meal comes out, but this one was a little more developed in flavor with a heavier concentration on soy sauce. I noticed right away that the noodles were just chewy enough to play in to the soft flavors of the soup, absorbing the miso and setting a bed for the pork belly. The soy sauce-cooked, soft boiled eggs were almost special, and certainly delightful.

I loved the fresh components of the soup: the bamboo shoots and the thin-cut onions provided for more crunch and flavor and broke any heaviness one might perceive from a concentrated miso. My date was right, in that it tasted a lot like a Japanese version of a chicken-noodle soup. It was indeed soothing and simple — something I like in a dish.

Unfortunately when it comes to ramen, I look for something that I didn’t find here: umami. Umami is the sort of mythical taste that people (especially Japanese people) go searching for in good food. It is like a savory “umph” that makes you want bite after bite, and when it’s gone you are left wanting a little more. This dish was missing that.

It was yummy, and there were certain parts that I really enjoyed fishing around for in my bowl, but overall, on a scale to 10, it was maybe a seven. It was something I might order again on a cold or rainy day, or something I might ask a friend to pick up for me if I have the flu, but it certainly will not be a staple in my diet.

Now, if I were to compare this ramen to the shoyu ramen I had at Komodo Loco last week (which I understand is a completely different type of ramen, but still), I would say that this one wins out. The noodles were better, the broth more significantly complimented the overall flavor of the bowl and its components and I think I might have gotten a little more bang for my buck.

All this to say: try the new ramen shop opening up in Denton, but don’t expect anything too exceptional.

Best thing that hit the table: That dipping sauce for the gyoza was so good that we ended up putting a lot of it in the ramen.

People who would love this: Well, I hear the flu is an epidemic now, so I guess everyone needing to feel better.

Price range: Expect to pay between $15-$20 per person after tip.

Featured Image: Hanabi Ramen is a restaurant in Carrolton, Texas which specializes in their ramen selection. Pictured here is their Baiso Miso Ramen. Claire Lin

About Author

Brennan Dufrene

Brennan Dufrene

Related Articles

0 Comments

No Comments Yet!

There are no comments at the moment, do you want to add one?

Write a comment

Write a Comment

Sidebar Top Ad Banner

Latest Issue of North Texas Daily

Social Media

Sidebar Thumbnails Ad

NT Daily TV

NT Daily TV

Sidebar Middle Ad

Twitter Feed

North Texas Daily @ntdaily
OPINION: "We’ve all seen it 100 times before. And at this rate, probably another 100 times before it ends."https://t.co/KPWsE0MKGw
h J R
North Texas Daily @ntdaily
RT @TexasTribune: A UNT spokesperson called a petition to name the new residence hall after a person of color or a woman “a form of reverse…
h J R
North Texas Daily @ntdaily
BREAKING NEWS: UNT spokesperson Nancy Kolsti called a petition to name the new residence hall after a person of col… https://t.co/Jd3nh3uK32
h J R
North Texas Daily @ntdaily
THE DOSE: It has been about three years since we’ve seen actor Dylan O’Brien put on the hat of main character Thoma… https://t.co/0h8oR43MVM
h J R
North Texas Daily @ntdaily
The results of the athletic fee referendum are being withheld, according to a statement released by Student Governm… https://t.co/UNLAaBbLD5
h J R

Sidebar Bottom Ad