Fat Bao will open a second location in Sugar Land at 3355 Hwy 6 South, the restaurant's revealed on Facebook. Although Fat Bao originally opened with a menu of steamed buns filled with a variety of sweet and savory options, the restaurant has also become a popular destination for a revolving selection of ramen, the Japanese noodle soup that's become the latest foodie obsession.
Currently, Fat Bao's original Kirby location only serves ramen on Monday and Tuesday, because the restaurant's small kitchen doesn't provide enough room to make it daily. With twice the space at the new location, chef Pak Tsui will be able to make broth every day in Sugar Land.
Asked what he thinks about all the places rushing to join in on the ramen craze, the chef isn't concerned. "It just makes me better."
Part of what makes the restaurant such an intriguing ramen destination is the way it plays with flavors. That reflects Tsui's experience developing his broth with a friend who's a trained ramen chef. This week's offerings include traditional tonkotsu (pork broth), but also a spicy miso duck ramen and a green curry broth. Previously, the restaurant has served lobster ramen and tomato crab.
Of course, both locations will continue to feature the steamed buns and sharable sides that have made Fat Bao's first year in business so successful. For a first time visit, the crispy soft shell crab bao and avocado "fries" are must try.
Asked what he thinks about all the places rushing to join in on the ramen craze, Tsui isn't concerned. "It just makes me better," he says.