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The Ramen Diaries: Ikkyu revisited

It’s now time for round two, the review of the best reviews.
For my second visit to Ramen Ikkyu, I went for the same bowl as last time, Ikkyu Shoyu. It’s too hard to go past a winner. My dining partner also went for the same dish – the Seaweed ramen with paitan broth.
I’ve included a review table for this round of reviews, so you know exactly what you’re getting yourself into at each establishment.

Broth: Thick, deep flavour of fish and chicken. Paitan broth is to Ikkyu what Tonkotsu broth is to Gumshara. If you’re into soup with deep, complex flavours then this is where you want visit.

Price: $10.50

Noodles: Thin and fairly straight. Generous serve. Free kaedama available (t&c apply)

Meat: Three slices of pork belly. Delicious sweet flavour. One piece was slightly chewy.

Toppings: Bamboo shoots – best so far, crispy, sweet. Tamago – one half egg, sweet on the outside with a soft slightly running yolk. Spring onions, spicy black fungus, and bean sprouts. Beautiful presentation.

Setting: Dixon St Food court – not quite enough tables but nice surroundings.

Ikkyu Shoyu

Ikkyu Shoyu

As you can see, my delicious paitan broth with soy sauce, covered in quality toppings, filled with noodles…

Ikkyu Seaweed

Ikkyu Seaweed

If you like seaweed, you’ll love this dish!

Overall thoughts: Ramen Ikkyu shines in a sea of otherwise mediocre ramen. The head chef comes from Blancharu. He started this business because he really believes in it – and that shines through. This is not ramen slopped into a bowl to appease the masses, it’s a fantastic meal that leaves you both full – bursting at the seams – and wishing you could eat more! the complimentary Kaedama doesn’t help one bit!

I’m rating Gumshara and Ikkyu together. Ikkyu’s toppings are better but at the end of the day, the most important part of ramen is really the broth and noodles. These guys do the broth and noodles so well that I think they deserve to sit at the top of the ladder. I’m not sure why Ikkyu’s ratings are still so low. I’m assuming it’s competitors. It’s a bit sad, really, as they do a wonderful bowl of ramen. Don’t let ratings put you off.

Ratings so far:

1. Gumshara & Ikkyu

2. Ippudo


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The Ramen Diaries: Ippudo revisited

It’s now time for round two, the review of the best reviews.
For my second visit to Ippudo, I chose from the seasonal menu, a $15 chicken/bonito broth with chicken meat and tamago. I’ll review the black garlic/miso/tonkotsu, however.
I’ve included a review table for this round of reviews, so you know exactly what you’re getting yourself into at each establishment.

Broth: Thin, creamy, smooth. Slight warmth from the miso paste. Nice flavour.

Price: $16

Noodles: Thin, slightly hard. Straight.

Meat: One slice of pork belly. Light on flavour.

Toppings: Pork belly, shallots, miso paste ball, nori. Optional: sesame seeds. Optional cost: Egg ($2.00) etc

Setting: Westfield Food Court, level 4. Closed in restaurant, busy, cramped feel.

 

Seasonal Special Ippudo

Seasonal Special Ippudo

Overall thoughts: Salt is not a substitute for flavour. I prefer thicker broths, or broth with more “body”. Price IS important to me.

Ratings so far:

1. Gumshara

2. Ippudo

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The Ramen Diaries: Gumshara revisited

It’s now time for round two, the review of the best reviews.
For my second visit to Gumshara, I chose the straight Tonkotsu, passing over the black garlic.
I’ve included a review table for this round of reviews, so you know exactly what you’re getting yourself into at each establishment.

Broth: Thick, creamy, smooth, unctuous. It’s a broth for hardcore pork fans.

Price: $10.50, $1.50 to add the perfect egg. Black garlic version is $11.50 (plus $1.50 for egg!)

Noodles: Thick, chewy. Good at picking up broth.

Meat: Tasty, generous serve of chashu. Not cold.

Toppings: Chashu, bamboo shoots, spring onions. Optional: pickled garlic, pickled ginger, garlic flakes. Optional cost: Egg etc

Setting: Food Court – Eating World, Haymarket.

Overall recommendation: Gumshara does a mean tonkotsu. It’s highly recommended – not just by me, but by many others. It’s enjoyable but it’s not for the faint hearted. Be prepared for pork. Lots of pork.

Gumshara Tonkotsu

Gumshara Tonkotsu

Gumshara Black Garlic Tonkotsu

Gumshara Black Garlic Tonkotsu


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The Ramen Diaries, Part 1 – Gumshara

Visit Eating World food court, Haymarket, to find Gumshara, a well known Ramen shop in the Chinatown area. I turned up for an early lunch at 12 on a Thursday, well before all the crowds, but by the time I left a long line had formed. It’s popular.

Try a bowl of their Garlic Tonkotsu Ramen with a soft-boiled egg. Add the shredded, pickled ginger and garlic and you’re good to go with a fragrant, delicious ramen soup and the knowledge that it’s one of the best in Sydney.

Gumshara Garlic Tonkotsu Ramen

Gumshara Garlic Tonkotsu Ramen

The tonkotsu broth is thick and porky, gelatinous and will leave a coating of pork over your mouth. It’s authentic and rich and will see you waddling back to work afterwards.

This is very strongly flavoured compared to other ramen joints around the city – not for the faint of heart. Highly recommended.

This is the first of a series of reviews for ramen found in and around Sydney, NSW.

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