Kyoto was our last stop in Japan (sob, sob, sob) and when we got there we realised we had eaten almost everything we had wanted to on the trip - apart from ramen. Naturally this had to be rectified! So ramen for dinner it was, at a small place around the corner from our hotel. It sold ramen, gyoza and beverages.
Alastair and I both ordered the chashu (pork) ramen in a pork broth and shared a serve of gyoza. The creamy coloured broth was porky, salty and rich, and the noodles had the perfect texture – soft but still slightly firm and springy. The pork meat was extremely tender, on the verge of falling apart in the broth. The gyoza, that I neglected to photograph, were also delicious. They had a super soft skin and very tasty meaty filling.
In fact, we enjoyed the ramen so much we went back for dinner on our last night in Japan. I must have been feeling lazy by this stage of the trip, because I didn’t take a photo of Alastair’s ramen or note down what my ramen was (fail blogger). Alastair had the chashu ramen again – but this time he had double pork! I wish I had requested double pork, the meat really was fantastic. Instead, I choose a slightly different ramen from the first night, the name of which escapes me, but it was equally as delicious.
The egg in my ramen was fantastic - the white was set, but the yolk was still gooey and runny. Neat, huh?
Poster on the wall showing how the pork is prepared
I have eaten ramen in Melbourne before, but they couldn't compare to these bowls of deliciousness. There are several food bloggers who seem obsessed with finding a good ramen, and now I finally "get" the obsession. Ramen is fantastic! I won't say that I'm obsessed at this stage, but.... any suggestions for good ramen places in Melbourne will be gratefully received. :D