Located on the top floor foodcourt of the haymarket shopping mall is Hakata-maru. They do a variety of under tenners and additional eats but its definitely a ramen venue first and foremost and its a pretty good one.
Its busy and looks great. The locations a bit of “generi” foodcourt in chinatown. Its an under tenner and hey, that’s always good no?
Kaedama (seconds bit of noodles with you ramen broth) isn’t free here unlike ikkyu. $1 though, and that comboed with your $8.80 is still under a tenner. Cheap eats.
Bits of accompainments with your meal.
The black tonkotsu and a side of gyoza. About $10 for both. Its not the most appealling looking thing to photograph.
Black Garlic oil tonkotsu broth.
Quite nice. Tonkotsu broth is savory, dish was pretty good and we didn’t need kaedama (mo noodles).
ridiculous cheap. $2 for this with the meal. Its crispy and came right out of their industrial gyoza cooker.
Spicy Red Tonkotsu with a side of chicken wings($3)
This comes with a dollop of spicy red miso and the soup is transformed into a somewhat salty, spicy savoury broth compared to the black garlic one. You can and will feel the heat. The chicken wing side had a generi coleslaw that was mostly left uneaten. The wings however were quite nice – of note was the fact that they deboned the winglet and took 1 of the bones out (how much effort is in that?). Not bad value for $3.
Hakatamaru joins ikkyu as the second of the more recently established and well-known ramen places in the area. There’s also stalwarts like gumshara and menya of course.. We enjoyed what we ate but it didn’t have the immediate impact of gumshara or ikkyu. It is however much cheaper and should stretch your dollar. Not really bad to have choice in the Ramen arena.