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Established in 2009, Raku became a popular spot for the young and old alike to gather and enjoy a bowl of ramen in good company. The history of Raku dates a few years back with the opening of Umaido (Umai, meaning tasty or delicious in Japanese), the first authentic and traditional Japanese ramen restaurant.
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Established in 2009, Raku became a popular spot for the young and old alike to gather and enjoy a bowl of ramen in good company.
The history of Raku dates a few years back with the opening of Umaido (Umai, meaning tasty or delicious in Japanese), the first authentic and traditional Japanese ramen restaurant. Motivated to share the tastes of Japanese ramen to Georgians, owner John Lee opened Raku. Though both restaurants serve the famous Tonkotsu ramen and its rich broth, Raku and Umaido weren’t alike. From décor and the restaurant’s mood to the taste of the broth and its menu selections, the two restaurants diverged, but still held strong ties to their roots. With Raku’s increasing popularity another store was established in downtown Atlanta. No two stores are alike, and all offer something different to the table.
If one must describe what truly comprises a bowl of ramen, it comes down to three distinct parts: the soup, noodles, and toppings. Each part is no less important than the other. The chemistry between them creates the rich and exquisite taste of Japanese ramen. Each part, depending on the chef’s tastes and preferences, vary widely as well. The soup may be created using soy sauce, miso, salt, and countless other ingredients. The noodles also vary in taste, texture, color, and form, but most noodles share the consistency shared by the common ingredients of flour, eggs, and kansui (a type of alkaline water). The toppings help to accentuate the noodles and the soup, from the Chashu (braised pork belly) to the ni-tamago (boiled egg pickled in soy sauce). With limitless varieties and variations in each respective ingredient, Japanese ramen is truly diverse, allowing each chef to create their own unique flavors and tastes.
With so many soup varieties and broths to choose from, there is always something for everyone. Generally, the broth is created from a chicken, beef, or fish stock, and then each chef chooses the types and amounts of other important ingredients to throw in the mix. The most notable soups are the Shio (salt), Tonkotsu (pork flavor), Shoyu (soy sauce), and Miso (fermented soybean), each with difference origins and largely enjoyed worldwide. Shio ramen is the oldest of the four, and is very light and clear. Tonkotsu, also known as Hakata ramen due to its origins from a ward in the city of Fukuoka, is a specialty of the Kyushu and is consistently cloudly white and thick. Shoyu ramen is a clear brown soup, with a very tangy and salty flavor, but very light on the palate. It is sometimes served with Chinese spices or chili oil. Lastly, miso ramen is a relatively new addition to the soup variations from Hokkaido in the northern part of Japan With a thick broth that creates a very robust and tangy flavor, miso is a very hearty and slightly sweet soup.
Depending on the chef, the noodles come in a variety of shapes and sizes, as well as consistency and texture. The four main ingredients that make up Japanese ramen noodles are wheat flour, salt, water, and kansui. Kansui is a type of alkaline mineral water that holds an optimum amount of sodium carbonate and potassium carbonate and is said to be perfect for making these noodles. Yellowish in color, ramen noodles come in a variety of forms, from straight to wrinkly, long or short, and wide or thin. Each soup generally has its own form of noodles that complement the ramen overall. Shio ramen is usually served with straight noodles, Tonkotsu is served with thin and straight noodles, Shoyu is served with curly noodles, and Miso is served with thick, curly noodles. Whichever soup you choose, each one is worth trying, and the taste of each soup’s respective history and origin will become prominent.
A plethora of toppings exist that can accentuate or totally change the taste of ramen.The main toppings consists of, but are not limited to Chashu (braised pork belly), Nitamago, corn, Nori (dried/roasted seaweed), scallions, bean sprouts, and butter. Each topping creates something totally new with the soup and noodles, and each taste is never the same. Every day, ramen chefs strive to create new soups, noodles, and toppings that may create a whole new experience for both casual as well as ramen enthusiasts to enjoy, but what actually goes on top of your ramen is up to you.
Proudly Introduce Our Chefs at Raku
Gio Park is an Korean-American chef and an executive chef of Raku in Atlanta. Gio has his own style of celebrating food, and he loves experimenting with them…
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|Chicken Wing (6pc.)||$ 6.95||Bacon-Fish Cake||$ 4.95|
|Chicken Thigh & Scallion||$ 2.95||Shrimp||$ 5.95|
|Chicken Heart||$ 2.95||Scallop||$ 4.95|
|Chicken Gizzard||$ 2.95||Shishamo Smelt||$ 3.95|
|Chicken Liver||$ 2.95||Garlic||$ 2.95|
|Pork Belly (Spicy or Salt)||$ 3.95||Ginko nut||$ 2.95|
|Pork Skin||$ 2.95||Mushroom||$ 2.95|
|Sausage & Scallion||$ 2.95||Enoki Mushroom w/butter||$ 5.95|
|Cutlet (Served with steamed rice, miso soup and side salad)|
|Chicken Katsu - Battered and crispy fried chicken breast||$ 7.95|
|Tonkatsu - Crispy fried pork loin||$ 8.95|
|Pork Kushi Katsu – Diced pork loin and onions battered, crispy fried and served on skewers||$ 8.95|
|Fish Katsu – Battered and crispy fried cod fish served with tartar sauce||$ 9.95|
|Spicy Tonkatsu – Original Tonkatsu topped with our House hot sauce||$ 9.95|
|Orosi Katsu – Pork Cutlet topped with minced radish and green onions||$ 9.95|
|Cheese Katsu – Pork Cutlet with Mozzarella and cheddar cheese filling||$ 9.95|
|Katsu Curry Rice – House Tonkatsu served with rice and salad topped with house Curry||$ 9.95|
|Ebi Fry - Battered and crispy fried jumbo shrimps served with tartar sauce||$ 9.95|
|HOT SAKE||SMALL||LARGE||JUNMAI (PURE RICE SAKE)||SMALL||LARGE|
|GEKKEIKAN||DEWATSURU-AKITA||$ 11(180ml)||$ 40(720ml)|
|COLD SAKE||GLASS||BOTTLE||(CLEAN FRESH FLAVOR)|
|GEKKEIKAN NIGORI||$ 8(300ml)||$ 14(500ml)||ICHISHIMA -NIIGATA||$ 14(180ml)||$ 40(500ml)|
|GEKKEIKAN||$ 11(180ml)||$ 20(750ml)||(LIGHT AND SMOOTH TYPE)|
|SHO CHIKU BAI NIGORI||$ 6(180ml)||JUNMAI GINJO (PREMIUM PURE RICE SAKE)|
|CHIKU BAI REI DRAFT||$ 12(300ml)||SHO CHIKU BAI (MEDIUM DRY, RICH AND DEEP)||$ 12(300ml)|
|SHO CHIKU BAI MIO SPK SAKE||$ 14(300ml)||MANABITO –AKITA||$ 12(180ml)||$ 46(720ml)|
|CAP ACE SAKE||$ 6(180ml)||(MELLOW WITH NICE ACIDITY)|
|OZEKI SAKE DRY||$ 8(300ml)||JUNMAI DAIJINJO (SUPER PREMIUM PRE RICE SAKE)|
|OZEKI BLUE BOTTLE||$ 10(300ml)||CHOKAISAN -AKITA||$ 19(180ml)||$ 74(720ml)|
|OZEKI HANA FUGA PEACH||$ 14(250ml)||( SHIMMERS AND PEELED PEAR )|
|OZEKI||$ 14(300ml)||ROCK –OREGON||$ 13(180ml)||$ 50(750ml)|
|Soju (Korea’s most well known alcoholic beverage )||$ 12||Hot Green Tea||$ 1.95|
|Makgeolri||$ 11||Rumune||$ 2.95|
|Sesshu Otokoyama||$ 20||Organic iced Green Tea||$ 1.95|
|Sodas (Coke, Sprite, D Coke, Fanta)||$ 1.95|
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