To prepare for this fall's Best of Dallas® 2014 issue, we're counting down (in no particular order) our 100 Favorite Dishes. If there's a dish you think we need to try, leave it in the comments, or email me.
I've consumed and written about the ramen at Tei-An a number of times over the past three years, and while I've slurped elsewhere around town, I've yet to find a better bowl. Chef Teiichi Sakurai's Tonkotsu-style broth has a richness and depth of flavor that's unparalleled in most other soups in Dallas.
What's more is the ramen at Tei-An is constantly evolving. Just last week I got a tip about spring onion ramen, and by the time I arrived the menu offered ramp ramen, and by the time my bowl landed on the table, my waitress told me I'd received the very last one.
Too bad for you.
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Don't pout. I'm sure something new will take the ramp ramen's place. After all, Sakurai is preparing to open a ramen restaurant in Oak Cliff. And even if there isn't a special bowl waiting for you, the tonkotsu is good enough to make you come back on its own.
And you should come back. At $10, and served with a little seafood salad sushi, this bowl is one of the best values you can find to fill your lunch hour, and fill your soul. Look at all those suckers eating 7-Eleven sandwiches in the courtyard outside while you burn your tongue with ladled broth, and whiplash your face with the broth from a 1,000 squiggling noodles. Life's too short for thoughtless lunches.
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