My sister Katie works in the Ferry Building here in San Francisco and every now-and-then, when the stars aline, both our schedules permit a lunch date. Our usual date consists of a wonderful Tossed Cobb Salad and side of fries from Gott’s Roadside Tray Gormet (formally known as Taylor’s Automatic Refresher). On this particular day my sister had something better in mind.
Unbeknownst be me, Thursday at the Ferry Building is the place to be! Every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday the Ferry Building Plaza is host to the most amazing and abundant Farmers Market. Booths overflow with incredibly delicious smelling flowers, baked goods, organic fruits and vegetables. I mean, it is quite a sight. A real feast for your senses. If for nothing else at all, the people watching is truly amazing.
Amongst all of this hustle and bustle, Katie had her sights set on the street vendors, and one in particular. I knew this was going to be a memorable experience when finding the end of the order line meant walking halfway down the block. This was my introduction to the wonderful world of Hapa Ramen.
As the front of the line neared, the rich aroma of savory vegetables and stock captivated me. My mouth was watering as I gave my order . . . Slow Cooked Pork Ramen Bowl with a cooked egg. As I sat down with my HUGE bowl of ramen, chopsticks and spoon in hand, my lack of patience got the best of me. I grabbed up the bowl in my hands and took a hug sip.
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WOW . . . I was blown away. This was one of the most rich and flavorful broths I had ever tasted. I immediately scooped up my chopsticks and went to work. I simply couldn’t stop. The ramen noodles were delicate but hearty. The seasonal vegetables and Pork Shoulder were cooked perfectly. Although the portion was enormous, I found myself wanting more when I reached the bottom of the bowl. Simply amazing. Thank you Richie Nakano (chef/owner)and the Hapa Ramen crew for such a wonderful lunch. I will most definitely be back!