Brisket Ramen Makes its Annual Return to Ramen Tatsu-Ya in Montrose

barbecue ramen at Ramen Tatsu-ya

In what’s now an annual tradition, Ramen Tatsu-Ya at 1722 California in Montrose is bringing back its Smoked Shoyu Brisket Ramen for just a few days. The special is available for both dine-in and to go from Monday, May 16, which is also National BBQ Day, through Friday, May 20.

While in the past, Ramen Tatsu-Ya has collaborated with local barbecue joints, this year, its sourcing from a related izakaya: Kemuri Tatsu-Ya, an izakaya in Austin that was also a James Beard Award Best New Restaurant semifinalist in 2018. Specifically, it’s providing the slab of brisket and smoked shoyu (a type of soy sauce) needed for the recipe. The base of the dish is Ramen Tatsu-Ya’s tonkotsu, a broth created from pork bones that has to slowly simmer and condense for about 60 hours. Rounding out the bowl are thin ramen noodles, charred jalapeño, ajitama (marinated, soft-boiled egg), menma (bamboo shoots) and scallions.

Big fans of the annual barbecue ramen may also be interested in picking up some limited-run swag: a commemorative black t-shirt featuring a skeleton riding a skateboard while eating ramen. Only 150 are available, and the cost is $25.

Note that daily sell-outs are possible, so it’s probably best to arrive earlier rather than later. Ramen Tatsu-Ya’s hours are from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.

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