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Ramen is a traditional Japanese noodle dish that has made its way around the world, becoming increasingly popular in more recent years. Combining the comfort of soup with hearty protein-packed additions, the meal can be enjoyed in a variety of ways. Corpus Christi is home to a selection of ramen options, with delicious variations found throughout the city. Here are 10 ramen dishes to try around town.
Ninja Ramen’s Specialty Ramen
Made with Ninja Ramen’s signature ramen broth and noodles, topped with pork cutlet, corn, bamboo shoots, soft-boiled egg, and scallions, this bowl of ramen is a delicious traditional option with a few local changes. 2033 Airline Rd., Suite E5
Mikoto’s Black Garlic Ramen
One of the most popular spots in town to get Ramen is surely Mikoto, and their bowl of Black Garlic Ramen is a fan favorite. Made with signature pork broth, black garlic oil, pork char siu, seasoned egg, scallion, bean sprout, nori seaweed, bamboo, kikurage, ginger, and straight noodles, this ramen dish is full of flavor. 6113 Saratoga Blvd. #108
Ramen Legend’s Spicy Curry Ramen
For a kick, Ramen Legend’s Spicy Curry Ramen is the perfect dish. Made with spicy sesame curry broth, pulled pork char siu, seasoned egg, scallion, bean sprout, bamboo, kikurage, corn, and wavy noodles, this bowl comes in medium and extra spicy heat levels for anyone really looking for a punch. 4938 S. Staples St. #C16
Hom Pom Cafe’s Traditional Ramen
If you’re searching for a classic bowl of ramen, Hom Pom Cafe’s traditional ramen might be a perfect choice. The dish comes served with homestyle pork broth, noodles, poached egg, cilantro, and scallions, with your choice of chicken, shrimp, pork, or beef. 4231 S. Alameda St.
Bamboo Garden’s Vegetable Ramen
For anyone looking for a meatless option, Bamboo Garden’s vegetable ramen is an excellent choice. Made with ramen noodles, a meatless broth, and a selection of fresh vegetables, this delicious dish is the perfect option. 1220 Airline Rd. #115
Aka Downtown’s Aka Ramen
Made with ramen noodles, a house-made spicy broth, poached egg, and your choice of chicken, beef or shrimp, Aka’s Aka Ramen is packed with next-level flavor and is calling your name. 415 N. Water St.
Hawaii Poke & Ramen’s Tonkotsu Ramen
Known for their poke bowls, Hawaii Poke also offers delicious ramen options. Their tonkatsu ramen is an excellent choice, made with homemade pork broth, ramen noodles, pork cutlet, fish cake, scallion and poached egg. 4002 S. Padre Island Dr. #108
Dokyo Dauntaun’s Shin Ramen
This Korean take comes served with ramen noodle soup, chicken, dumplings, poached egg, and green onions. Dokyo’s bowl is the perfect cozy option for an intamite dinner with friends. 424 N. Chaparral St.
Z Counter’s Grilled Pork Ramen
Z Counter is easily one of the most popular spots in town to get noodle dishes (re: Local’s List 2021 Ramen winner), and their grilled pork ramen is a top pick. Made traditionally with ramen noodle soup and grilled pork, this bowl encompasses a classic ramen dish. 1220 Airline Rd. #155
Pho Life’s Ramen Noodle Soup
Pho Life’s bowl of ramen is served with egg and rice noodles, simmered in a savory broth, topped with baked pork, fried egg, bean sprouts, lime, and jalapeño. Their dish combines the traditional elements of a ramen bowl with a Korean touch, with flavors that work harmoniously. 5865 Weber Rd.