Michi Ramen is a shooting star. It came into our lives like a shimmering ray of light, glowing bright and delighting all that encountered it. And long before we were ready, it disappeared into the dark night.
Located in the much buzzed about North Austin Trailer Yard (NATY) Michi was a huge draw. There is almost nowhere in Austin to get authentic ramen. Michi was filling a huge void and they were doing it well, but more on that in a moment.
NATY is a funky little trailer park located at West Anderson and North Lamar. Up until last month, the groupings of food trucks have been relegated to south and downtown Austin, so understandably, this new trailer park is a big deal. There is plenty of parking and some fun animal sculptures in the middle. I live in the 04, so this is a bit of a haul for me, but I needed to get that ramen.
Due to the 20+ hours it takes to make ramen and the space constraints of serving out of a truck, Michi was limited to 50 portions per lunch and 50 per dinner. They would tweet the number of bowls they had left every few minutes. Genius.
Alas, the demand and lack of hours and space available were too much. Michi announced they were closing indefinitely on June 17th. That’s when the panic set in.
I hadn’t tried it yet! As Mr. Betty and I sat in standstill traffic at rush hour trying to get to there, we watched the tweets and prayed we’d make it in time. Yes! We made it. Nothing like an anxiety ride to make you appreciate your dinner more.
We tried the Michi and the Veggie ramen, both tonkatsu.
Michi: Sliced chashu, woodear mushrooms, corn, welsh onions, and blackened garlic oil. It’s topped with a slice of unsalted butter.
Veggie: Chive-sprouted cabbage mix, woodear mushrooms, welsh onions, and blackened garlic oil. I added a soy-marinated soft boiled egg.
Being tonkotsu, both bowls had the same rich, velvety broth. The kind of broth that contains the meaning of life in its flavor and history. It’s there, nestled beneath the noodles.
My heart breaks at the prospect of this business not returning, because we NEED them here. Shall they find their brick and mortar and return to serving steaming bowls of ramen, I will surely be first in line to welcome them back.