Monday, March 24, 2014

Ramen Hunting in Sydney

If there's one dish I have just a little bit of a slight obsession with, it's got to be ramen. I am not kidding you when I say I really love ramen. Probably not as much as Naruto (anybody else ever watched this anime/read the manga?) but close enough I'd say. I did eat it for breakfast, lunch AND dinner on one of my days in Tokyo these past holidays. Yet I come back to Sydney to eat more of it! The hunt for excellent ramen in Sydney continues.

I would never really make an extra trip up to the Northern suburbs if I didn't really have to but one night I found myself in North Sydney and a quick search up on my phone told me Ryo's was nearby in the area. Ramen for dinner it was!

Ramen in tonkotsu soy sauce flavoured soup with roast pork, nori, egg and shallots, $13.50
I believe tonkotsu soup is always the way to go :P This one had a touch of soy added to give it that extra kick of saltiness. The noodles retained a good amount of bounce and I really couldn't get enough of the tonkotsu soup - the broth is the most important element in a bowl of ramen! It wasn't as thick as the likes of Gumshara (which is definitely on the heavy side) so it was very easy to down. I always get an egg if it doesn't come with the ramen but luckily this one did! Still soft and gooey so nothing but positives about it. I would have to say it's one of the more authentically Japanese ramens in Sydney.

When we left, there was a massive line waiting outside so that says wonders about its popularity!

Ryo's
125 Falcon St
Crows Nest, NSW, 2065

Opening Hours
Monday - Sunday: 12:00 noon - 2:00pm and 5:00 - 9:00pm

Ryo's on Urbanspoon

Another one that has received raves from the blogging community resides in the humble food court of Sussex Centre in Chinatown. Who says you can't get good food in food courts? This food court has undergone a renovation and is actually surprisingly clean compared to what it used to be. You'll find Ramen Ikkyu huddled in the far corner so it could be easily overlooked if you don't know what you're looking for.

Pork rib ramen, $20.00
For twenty bucks, you're sure getting your fair share of meat. JUST LOOK AT THE SIZE OF THAT PORK RIB. It was amaaazingly soft and tender with lovely fatty parts throughout, and they cut it off the bone for easy eating but don't fret! The bone is still given to you for some caveman chowing :P (We all know the meat on the bone is the most flavoursome). This broth here has a mix of chicken, pork and seafood and is very discernable on the palette. I have to say that my preferences lay with the classic all pork broth (tonkotsu all the way!) but this one was still very delicious. And of course, if you haven't heard of the kaedama, I'm sure that this free extra serving of noodles will tempt you for a visit to Ramen Ikkyu! I would go back for that pork rib alone :D

Ramen Ikkyu
Shop F1A 401 Sussex St
Haymarket, NSW, 2000
Sussex Centre Food Court

Opening Hours
Monday - Sunday: 12:00 noon - 8:00pm

Ramen Ikkyu on Urbanspoon

23 comments:

  1. Hehe you remind me of hubby. Come winter he is obsessed with ramen! To the point where he wants it every night! :D

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    1. Haha I wonder how I would fare if I had ramen every night... I'm sure I'd want some fresh veggies eventually :P

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  2. Surprisingly, I don't like Ryo's very much due to the oiliness. Gumshara, Ippudo & Menya for me!

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    1. Oh really? It wasn't that oily when I went! Maybe they've toned down on the oil factor? :)

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  3. GG that rib! still yet to try Ryo's but with this cooler a weather, a visit should happen very soon.

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    1. I remember you saying that you were going to go after we went to Four Friends! Hopefully you'll get to make a visit soon :)

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  4. I also love ramen,,,, I wanna go here at Ramen Ikkyu and try thier foods.

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  5. Man that pork rib can really be a weapon and whack someone with it. Hehe.

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    1. It's huge isn't it! I love how you saw it as a weapon :P

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  6. Dear Sherrie,

    That pork rib ramen must be the Mother of all ramens. I can imagine how tasty the stock is!

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    1. Very flavoursome stock! It's definitely the most important factor when having ramen :D

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  7. Definitely heading into ramen season with the current weather! The pork rib at Ikkyu is so damn tasty!

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    1. What's better than a porky broth than adding a pork rib on top of it, am I right? :P

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  8. Nothing quite beats Menya for me - it's just right :)

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    1. I haven't tried the ramen at Menya - definitely gotta give it a go next time!

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  9. ramen and ribs, a killer combo!

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  10. I love ramen.. I want also to experience ramen hunting at Sydney. But what I want more before that is to dine at Ramen Ikkyu.

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    1. Ah, everything about ramen is so great isn't it?

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  11. ahh not the biggest fan of ramen sadly.. not sure what is wrong with me but love ramen noodles!

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    1. Oh really?! I have friends who find the broth to be too rich and they much rather pho. But the noodles are bouncy strings of awesomeness!

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  12. Is everything here served with something extra large? The nori...then the rib...Wow!

    Julie
    Gourmet Getaways

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