Tamashii Ramen’s noodle bowl overflows with delicious recipes

Tamashii Ramen’s noodle bowl overflows with delicious recipes
Garett FIsbeck
Matthew Sebacher prepares Tonkotsu at Tamashi Ramen in Oklahoma City, Friday, June 12, 2015.

Even without a sign, diners have found their way to newly opened Tamashii Ramen.

In its first few weeks, the eatery at 321 NW Eighth St., owned and operated by Matthew and Wakana Sebacher, saw a massive influx of customers.

People are hungry for a sit-down ramen restaurant.

“We just got our sign up yesterday,” Wakana said. “Some customers have had trouble finding us because from the outside, we don’t look like a restaurant.”

But that didn’t stop anyone from crowding in, gorging on broth and necessitating the hire of more cooks and wait staff.

“That first week was really hard,” she said. “We didn’t anticipate so many customers right away. We didn’t even advertise because we wanted to make sure the kitchen wasn’t overwhelmed.”

Still, word quickly spread online, leading to a few days when they simply sold out of the tasty noodle soup.

“When we sell out of our broth, we’re out,” Sebacher said. “It takes more than 10 hours to fix the broth. Now, we’re figuring out how to make more in our small kitchen. We might need to work a few longer days on prep work.”

Speaking of prep work, initially, only Matthew made the broth, but demand has been so high that Tamashii hired three new cooks to help out.

It’s a wonderful problem to have, Wakana said. And with good feedback, it doesn’t look like Tamashii will slow down anytime soon.

Though they now have a better idea of the number of bowls that might sell during a service, the Sebachers also added alternatives to the menu. The chashu don (braised pork belly over rice with brown sauce and Japanese mayo) was on the starting menu, but now they also serve yakisoba, a traditional stir-fried noodle dish.

Wakana said she was a little surprised to see how many people ordered the garlic-fried rice and towering Fuji Toast dessert, but it’s gratifying to see new faces enjoying their food.

Tamashii Ramen is open 11 a.m.- 2 p.m. Monday through Saturday, 5-8 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 5-10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Print headline: Top ramen, Tamashii Ramen’s noodle bowl overflows with a delicious recipe that draws hundreds of patrons to the new restaurant.

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